BRENTWOOD -The Brentwood Community Council (BCC) will vote tonight on a motion to oppose a plan by Councilmember Mike Bonin to explore putting temporary shelters in several public and [some ] private places on the Westside unless his plan is amended.
Bonin is looking into the feasibility of bringing temporary housing options at Mar Vista Park, Fisherman's Village in Marina Del Rey, Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey, Westchester Park, Will Rogers State Beach and the West LA Municipal Building.
The councilman is also looking at building single-occupancy tiny homes or safe camping sites on a property owned by Culver City for a joint LA-Culver City program and at an undetermined location at LAX.
The BCC's motion to oppose Bonin's plan [unless it is amended] points out that public recreational spaces are a benefit and resource for the entire community of Los Angeles and should stay that way. It also says that California beaches hold a unique and valued place in the hearts and minds of residents and visitors from throughout the world.
The BCC motion also states that for the 3rd year in a row, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health reports the #1 cause of death for people experiencing homelessness is drug overdose, and 67% of those living in street encampments have a mental illness, substance abuse, and other disabilities. Still, there is no mandate to accept housing when offered.
BCC says that the City Council has refused to review other options, including the Industrial Zoning Element of the City Strategic Plan, last reviewed in 2008, to creat scalable facilities for high volume housing connected to extended substance abuse and mental health programs.
Venice is also highlighted in the motion. The BCC says Venice has experienced in "an existentially negative shift in the quality of life in the community due to the explosive growth of homeless encampments, which have driven up violent crime, arson, and drug related offenses."
Also pointed out is the "extreme public health and sanitation issues in Venice, all of which may be, at minimum, partially attributed to a series of unrealized assurances drug-related safety, enforcement, and cleanliness."
The BCC is asking for the amendments to Bonin's amended to:
Remove all public recreational space from the Motion, including deed restricted City parks;
Instruct the CAO to include a study of the City’s Industrial Element and industrial zoned areas for alternative locations and include the results of Councilmember Raman’s (Council File 21-0063) study of municipal property in the final recommendation report for this Motion;
Request U.S. District Judge Judge David O. Carter to direct that any homeless shelter opened in CD11 be restricted to homeless persons who were registered in the Coordinated Entry System as living within CD11 during the 2019 Annual Homeless Count or who can show a connection to CD11, such as birthplace, prior school, work, or home address, or receipt of any public benefits, or relatives currently living in CD11.
The BCC meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m.
PUBLIC ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8763898439
PUBLIC DIAL IN: 1 669 900 6833 -- Meeting ID: 876 389 8439