LA has a problem.
Well, okay — it has thousands of problems.
But one of them is the rampant increase of people camping out — and crapping out(side) — on the streets.
And recently, the laser-sharp minds in the Los Angeles government decided one way to address the homeless problem was to cancel bench warrants for anyone dwelling externally (here).
Yep — that’ll really give the issue a bit of What For.
Well, the homeless have just stepped up to a new rung of empowerment: They’re suing the city.
Seven homeless people have filed a federal lawsuit, claiming LA’s committed unlawful seizure and destruction of their property. During street sweeping, that is.
The suit insists the city has unconstitutionally employed its municipal code in order “to justify the ongoing practice of seizing and destroying homeless people’s critically important belongings—including tents, medications, important documents, and other items they need to survive on the streets.”
What documents are needed to thrive homelessly?
“I have to buy my own supplies, and I always have to start over because they come and they sweep and they take everything from me. I can’t get out of the hole that I’m in because they keep putting me back at square one.”
Someone should tell her about the city’s homeless shelters and job programs to help get her on her feet.
But for those in the elements, cleaning is the enemy.
And there was in fact a major cleanup drive just recently — on July 1st, the area near the LA Civic Center received, in the words of CBSLA, a “summer scrub.”
People living on the street near Los Angeles City Hall were notified in advance of the cleanup effort with flyers that were posted on light poles in the area. The flyers said the major cleaning would include sidewalks, alleys, parks, beach, parking lots and other public access areas.
Any property left behind, except for anything that was an immediate threat to public health or safety, trash or evidence of a crime or contraband, would be collected by the city and kept in a secure location for up to 90 days.
In the meantime, seven bold Angelenos have risen up and raised their voices to fight for their rights.
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