Two million dollars in spending from the Los Angeles Homeless Service Fund was approved Tuesday for the printing and installation of signs to enforce a new law banning people from sleeping and camping on sidewalks and in parks.
The law, which came into force on September 3, prohibits sleeping, sitting, camping and obstructing public access to roads in several places, many of which require a decision to be adopted by the council before enforcement can take place.
The city’s administrative officer and legislative analyst estimate that 20 signs and five replacements are needed for each enforcement site. Pr. By October 6, enforcement requests had been filed for 116 locations, and 79 were approved by the council by Tuesday.
Councilor Mike Bonin and Councilor Nithya Raman cast the two dissenting votes to fund the signage, as they did for the original executive order and all resolutions requesting enforcement.
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Colleagues, when I first heard that the city council would spend $ 2 million on homelessness on signs that said, ‘You can’t sit, sleep, or lie here,’ I actually did not think it was serious. I thought someone parodied the Council, or someone spread a distrust to make the Council look bad, “Bonin said. “I wonder how many temporary housing coupons, motel coupons, $ 1 million or $ 2 million could get you so people can have a safe place to live while waiting for an emergency housing coupon to find a place to live.”
The city council on Tuesday also approved nine locations in Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s district to enforce the ordinance, including within 500 feet of the following locations.
- Clifford Street Elementary School, at 2150 Duane St.
- Camino Nuevo High School, at 500 W. Temple St.
- Barnsdall Art Park, at 4800 Hollywood Blvd.
- Las Palmas Senior Citizen Center, at 1820 North Las Palmas Ave.
- Hollywood Recreation Center, at 1122 Cole Ave.
- Vine Street Elementary School, at 955 Vine St.
- Madison West Park, at 464 North Madison Ave.
- Angelica’s Daycare, at 6122 De Longpre Ave.
- Shatto Recreation Center, at 3191 W. Fourth St.
These areas can be enforced under the law’s provision to prohibit sleeping, sitting, camping and obstructing the public road within 500 feet of “sensitive” facilities, including schools, day care centers, parks and libraries.
This category requires the Council to adopt a decision designating a specific area for enforcement, setting up signage and announcing the date on which the Regulation will be enforced for the area.
Several people convened the council meeting Tuesday to oppose and support the anti-camping law and O’Farrell’s decision, many of which specifically spoke about Vine Street Elementary School.
On September 14, the council approved a street engagement strategy that allows outreach teams to deploy to areas selected for enforcement once a decision is implemented. The teams, once staffed, will assess the camps, determine how long the engagement will take place, work with city and county departments as well as non-profit organizations, and connect camp residents with services and temporary and permanent housing locations.
Employees from O’Farrell’s office said they hired nonprofit service provider Urban Alchemy to perform outreach work in the nine locations included in the resolutions, along with all areas of his district. The teams visited the nine locations in the resolution 270 times since the spring of 2021, according to O’Farrell’s office, which also said the process of street engagement was followed, including submitting necessary forms for each location.
It was not immediately clear how many people were brought indoors through the outreach, and whether the outreach teams told camp residents that enforcement of the ordinance would take place at the sites.