Bill Rosendahl, the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles held a so-called Town Hall meeting 23-Sept-2010 to show support for wasting tons of tax dollars criminalizing homeless people in Venice!
The homeless haters and fear mongers won the night with the help of our city councilman Bill Rosendahl moderating the meeting and with the support of mainstream media.
Meanwhile every RV is being harassed and threatened with arrest by the LAPD today in Venice, homeless people on the beach are being harassed by the LAPD, and if you try to help a homeless person you will be threatened with arrest.
We have a rash of bogus tickets being issued to RVs, the Venice beach parking lots have been officially closed to any RV, and Rosendahl is busy rolling out his newly amended Oversized Vehicle Law to remove the RVs who will not leave from the current intense harassment.
No one from the City seems to care that 31% of the people living in RVs in Venice used to be housed in Venice. No one from the City seems to care that Venice is home to the largest free clinic in Southern California and many of the RV folks or homeless people need medical care.
But they do keep saying there is going to be a "Streets To Homes" program for a few RVs that might get taken in by a church.
And Channel 11 was seen this morning staked out on Venice Blvd - just like paparazzi - waiting to get a shot of someone coming or leaving an RV.
Bill's Press Release
Rosendahl Calls Town Hall Meeting on Homeless Issues
Public Invited to Discussion on Enforcement Strategies and Social Services
LOS ANGELES – Councilman Bill Rosendahl is holding a Town Hall forum September 23rd to discuss homeless issues in the 11th Council District. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westminster Elementary School in Venice.
The session will include a series of presentations on ongoing and new efforts to prevent people from living on the streets or in their vehicles. Those efforts include law enforcement strategies, parking enforcement and the “Streets to Homes” program.
Rosendahl will moderate the session, which will include questions from the audience to officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which will manage the “Streets to Homes” program. The program will provide safe parking places and case management to eligible vehicle dwellers.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, 11th District
Los Angeles Police Department representatives
Los Angeles City Attorney representatives
Los Angeles Department of Transportation representatives
Michael Arnold, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Homeless Issue
September 23, 2010
7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Westminster Elementary School
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291-3312
For more information, contact Arturo Pina by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (310) 568-8772
the statistics of 31% of homeless in Venice used to be residents of the area is uncorroborated and unverified and just a clever use of numbers to impress whom ?
It has never been revealed or clear what Venice offers that other parts of the massive & vast Los Angeles doesnt also have...
street areas around parks [not in the parks ]
food cheaply made and sold by working people
and much more
outside of Venice area of LA.
Yet, the strong demand is to be by the sea, the beach, the surf and the streets that are occupied by those who cant afford to live 'inside' mostly. A few may chose to live outside, most do so out of economic reasons.
Ask them. I did. They sometimes tell it as it is and other times as it is convenient for the hon-homeless to hear.
That many who object to being 'moved' or required to sleep at special parking areas that Rosendahl has spoken about before for the big huge RV's that block all sunlight and parking on the LA city streets near all beaches...these objectors are self-serving in making demands most other residents of LA cant even afford....a beach of their own ...proliferated with some real and some faked "disabled" license plates to park in the county parking lots free on weekdays.
What is to be done ?
These 'victims' of the curse of govt officials are not all sweet, fraile, loving and kind people...no more than most others are
Venice demanding big vehicle drivers/ live-in-them folks are sometimes shrewd, mean, bullying, and conniving...depends on whom they trust or like and when it is inconvenient to tell their real stories to...
to believe every victim's statements as Fact, is foolish.
They are just clever people who have taken over an area as if it belonged to them alone. The streets of Venice are not for any one group, and home owner or apt renters who pay for property use are offended at being maligned and invaded upon also.
To make one camp, pure, holy and adorable and the other camp mean, viscious and rich is fake extremist labeling only. Not real. Not representative. Not helpful to solving how some LA CITY STREETS can be used to help those who have "no where else to go"...
tho why Venice is the ONLY PLACE has yet to be clearly described legitimately and honestly.
the ugly fighting continues...and 'bleeding hearts' bleed for no honest reasons most of the time...
all who claim they are "victims" are also empowered and demanding in some ways they refuse to admit to.
Grassroots awareness, Venice Beach style. artists, performers, activism is everyday. Thanks to Diane Butler for the original idea many years ago. She led the parade along with Claire and myself.
Small groups coming together DO make a difference! Believe in yourself and act!!
Solutions offered for the larger community/awareness/education:
-changing the political will by electing people into office that actually represent the majority of the people instead of the corporations, the developers and bankers;
-boycott corporations instead supporting local business owner, thrift stores, recycling, community based solutions;
-educating people bringing awareness about preventing homelessness, or shelterness because no one is homeless on EARTH;
Solutions offered to address the immediate needs of those defined as shelterless in Venice:
- provide more public restrooms and portable toilets;
-open senior citizen centers, etc at night for seniors, disabled, and families with children;
-use an unused parking lot for an R.V. park, charging affordable fees while providing a dumpsite on the premises or in the vicinity. Include restrooms and showers.
-use portion of the r.v. park to shelter homeless from the streets;
-hire peacekeepers, counselors, maintenance crews, and personnel from the homeless populations;
-acquire vacant building, and retrofit using sustainable methods, using sweat equity from homeless population, with some fair compensation, to create affordable housing now;
- any others ideas????