LA Approves $ 2M in Sidewalk Signs for Homeless People – NBC Los Angeles

$ 2 million in spending from the Los Angeles Homeless Fund was approved Tuesday to print and install signs to enforce a new law banning people from sleeping and camping on sidewalks and in parks.

The law, which went into effect on September 3, bans sleeping, sitting, camping and obstructing the public path in a number of locations, many of which require a council decision before enforcement can take place.

The city administrator and senior legislative analyst estimate that 20 signs and five replacement signs are required for each enforcement agency. As of October 6, enforcement requests had been filed for 116 sites and 79 were approved by the council on Tuesday.

Councilor Mike Bonin and Councilor Nithya Raman cast the two votes against to fund the signage, as they did for the original ordinance and any enforcement orders.

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“Colleagues, when I first heard the city council was spending $ 2 million in homelessness benefits on signs that said, ‘You can’t sit, sleep, or lie here,’ I really didn’t think it was serious, someone was thinking that Parodying advice or spreading a misunderstanding to make the advice look bad, ” said Bonin Can Have Safe Housing While Waiting for Emergency Housing Voucher to Find Housing.

City council also approved nine locations in the Mitch O’Farrell district of City Councilor for enforcement of the ordinance, including within 150 feet of the following locations, on Tuesday.

  • Clifford Street Elementary School, 2150 Duane St.
  • Camino Nuevo High School, 500 W. Temple St.
  • Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Las Palmas Seniors Center, 1820 North Las Palmas Ave.
  • Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Ave.
  • Vine Street Elementary School, 955 Vine St.
  • Madison West Park, 464 North Madison Avenue.
  • Angelica’s Day Care Center, 6122 De Longpre Ave.
  • Shatto Recreation Center, 3191 W. Fourth St.

These areas can be enforced in accordance with government regulations that prohibit sleeping, sitting, camping, and obstructing the public path within 150 feet of “sensitive” facilities including schools, day care centers, parks, and libraries.

This category requires the Council to take a decision to designate a specific area for enforcement, put up signage and indicate the date the regulation will be enforced for the area.

Several people called the council meeting Tuesday to oppose and support the anti-camping bill and O’Farrell’s resolution, many of whom spoke specifically about Vine Street Elementary School.

On September 14, the council approved a road engagement strategy that provides outreach teams that can be deployed in areas selected for enforcement after a resolution is passed. The teams will, once occupied, assess the camps, determine how long the engagement will last, work with city and county governments and nonprofits, and connect camp residents with services and temporary and permanent housing.

Employees at O’Farrell’s office said they hired nonprofit service provider Urban Alchemy to conduct public relations at the nine locations included in the resolutions, as well as in all areas of its district. The teams have visited the nine locations in resolution 270 times since spring 2021, according to the O’Farrell office, which also said the road engagement process was followed, including filing the required forms for each location.

It was not immediately clear how many people were brought into the house as a result of the deployment and whether the deployment teams were telling the camp residents that the ordinance would be enforced at the sites.

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