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Monday, November 29, 2021

LA city council to consider ballot measure for camp ban

The Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal from Councilman Joe Buscano on Tuesday to begin a ballot measure process for a law that would require the city to prioritize emergency temporary shelter production over permanent housing and provide the city with adequate shelter if it is available. Will ban camps throughout. and offered.

The city council has previously rejected Buscaino’s proposals to ban camping by people who have been offered shelter.

The proposal, which was approved by Councilor John Lee, would instruct the city attorney to produce the documents needed to put a measure on the June 2022 primary election ballot:

– Create a citywide ordinance prohibiting camping in all public areas if shelter is available and offered;

The city urgently needs to prioritize emergency shelter over other options such as permanent supportive housing; And

– Empower the mayor to cut red tape and build emergency homeless housing immediately.

The measure of the ballot will be on the ballot at the same time as Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is running for mayor of Los Angeles.

The chairman of the council’s homelessness and poverty committee, Councilor Kevin De Leon – who is also running for mayor in 2022 – said he thought a ballot would be the wrong approach.

“Since the city council is actively pursuing policies to address homeless camps through strategic outreach and housing for those in need, a ballot measure seems to be the wrong approach. This would be extremely costly and result in continued litigation that has prevented the city from implementing real solutions,” he said in a statement to the City News Service.

Under the city’s new anti-camping law, which took effect on September 3, camping is prohibited in many areas of the city but requires a city council vote before being implemented in most areas. People camping in areas selected for enforcement are able to move their tents to other parts of the city if they do not accept shelter options.

Buscaino has called for “FEMA-like emergency response, interim housing and services” to increase shelter options so that the city can prohibit camping in all areas.

According to a pre-pandemic count, 66,436 people in Los Angeles County are experiencing homelessness, of which 41,290 are in Los Angeles.

The city has about 15,000 shelter beds and 24,600 permanent housing slots. During a city council meeting on July 1, Councilman Mike Bonin said that the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority told him that the city only had enough beds for 39% of the homeless population.

Buscano said in October, when he introduced the proposal, that Los Angeles’ current system costs too much money and still leaves people on the streets, killing about 1,383 homeless people in Los Angeles County last year.

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Los Angeles’ budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year has allocated nearly $1 billion to address the homelessness crisis. In November 2016 LA voters passed resolution HHH to use $1.2 billion to build 10,000 units for homeless Angelenos, more than tripling Los Angeles’ annual output of assisted living.

On Thursday, “Safer Streets LA,” a campaign to pass Buscano’s proposed ballot measure, released a poll from ALG Research that found that 64% of 600 potential 2022 primary voters in Los Angeles chose camps in public areas. Will support a ballot measure to restrict, expand the use of temporary housing and allow accelerated development of affordable housing for non-residential residents. 64% ranged from “strongly yes” to “lean yes” and a total of 28% ranged from “strongly no” to “lean no”. The remaining 8% were undecided. Voting was conducted by phone and text-to-web between 9 and 14 November.

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