Saturday, November 27, 2021

Los Angeles council member calls for ban on homeless camps near schools

Los Angeles City Council member Joe Buscano called for a ban on homeless camps within 500 feet of schools, but his press conference on August 16 was cut short when activists interrupted the announcement.

Earlier this month, Mayor Eric Garcetti reinstates a ban on homeless camps in public areas. The ordinance also gives city council members the ability to ban camps in parts of their districts.

From Larchmont Charter School in Hollywood, Buscano announced that he intends to use an ordinance to ban camps from sidewalks within 500 feet of public schools.

“Hundreds of thousands of students are going back to school for the first time in 18 months,” Buscano said. “During the pandemic schools were built and developed around campuses, as they did in Venice Beach. We must address issues of public safety – especially easy access to sidewalks.”

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A homeless camp on June 8, 2021 in Venice Beach, California. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

Buscano called schools “sensitive-use” areas, adding that “the most sensitive areas are where our children spend their days.”

“That’s why I’m proposing a no-camping zone around every public school in downtown Los Angeles,” Buscano said.

The city’s new anti-camping ordinance, which goes into effect September 3, allows the city council to adopt proposals to establish no-camping areas around specific locations, such as homeless shelters, parks and schools.

Buscano, who is also running for mayor, has often spoken out about addressing the homeless in Los Angeles. He supported an ordinance banning the homeless in a public right from “sitting, lying, or sleeping or storing, using, maintaining, or possessing personal property”; This includes 500 feet from schools, parks, and libraries, 500 feet from an overpass, freeway ramp, tunnel, bridge, or subway, and 5 feet from an entrance. However, it does not allow the ban to be enforced unless the council votes in favor of enforcement.

Buscano said that if his proposal is first adopted by the Public Works Committee, full council, intensive outreach would be conducted at any school with a cantonment, bringing resources and housing to the non-domestic. Signage will be put up, and enforcement will begin 14 days after the sign is raised.

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A homeless man sorts his things on June 8, 2021 in Venice Beach, California. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

“As hundreds of thousands of kids start their first day of school today, I want to give them and their families a clear signal that I’m on your side, and I’m here to fight for you,” Buscano said. “And I will not stop there. I am also looking at introducing other proposals that would also prohibit camping on other sensitive access sites like beaches and parks.”

Some opposing the ban argue that the ordinance is criminalizing poverty and homelessness. Members of activist organizations, including Street Watch Los Angeles, gathered around the press conference to protest the ban, raising signs and chanting “home not the area” behind Buscano.

According to many videos on twitter The one who captured the encounter, Buscaino’s press manager Branimir Kvartuk, grabbed one of the protester’s signs, which approached Buscaino’s face.

The demonstrator reportedly tried to stop him, and others stepped in and pushed Quartuk into the lecture. The demonstrators kept on shouting until the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) took Quartuk out. Buscaino’s team called off the press conference shortly after.

in June, Buscaino’s team even had to call off a press conference in Venice Beach After arresting a homeless woman with a knife.

Street Watch Los Angeles and the Services Not Sweeps Coalition did not respond to a request for comment by press deadline.

Micaela Ricafort

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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