Westchester Park  tennis

Encampments outside the tennis courts at Westchester Park

WESTSIDE- The City of L.A. has issued its feasibility study report on potential homeless facilities in Council District 11 and is advising against putting tiny homes or overnight camping in Westchester Park, Mar Vista Park or the Will Rogers beach parking lot.

In May, the Los Angeles City Council voted to move forward with having the  City Administrative Office (CAO)  study 10 locations, mostly public parks and beach parking lots, on the Westside that Bonin identified as temporary homeless housing locations. Councilman Joe Buscaino voted against the study saying the sites included in the study ``are not feasible'' for homeless housing.

On Tuesday, the CAO agreed with Busciano and said it is recommending the City not pursue tiny homes or safe camping at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, or at a privately owned lot at 5000 Beethoven Avenue in Del Rey. The CAO also recommended against using part of the West LA Municipal Building for interim shelter.

The CAO did recommend continuing to assess the idea of tiny homes or safe camping at the Marina Del Rey boat launch ramp and recommended continuing to assess a potential partnership with Culver City for a joint homelessness intervention on a vacant lot owned by Culver City.

The CAO also recommended the City continue to assess the possibility of tiny homes or safe camping or safe parking on LAX-owned properties, which would require FAA approval, and the possibility of Safe Parking at some of the spots in the RV Park at Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey.

The CAO noted the heavy challenge of finding appropriate locations for emergency homeless interventions on the Westside, and instead urged the City to use state or federal Project Homekey funding, which could purchase motels and master lease vacant apartment units to provide housing that is both immediate and long-term.