Since California’s “unhoused” people enjoy far more rights and privileges than Californians who work for a living, it’s not surprising that the state’s homeless encampments have leveled up. Instead of just pitching a tent on the street or in a local park, a few ambitious souls have started building their own shelters on public parkland in the San Fernando Valley.
Or, wait – should it be called a home? What a can of worms that would open, so… moving on.
During a scheduled cleanup of an area within the Sepulveda Basin where the area’s homeless were known to lay their pillows, authorities came upon this three-story treehouse/condo/fixer-upper.
TREEHOUSE TEARDOWN: An impressive 3-story treehouse was discovered during the final phase of homeless encampment cleanups at the Sepulveda Basin https://t.co/qpiZee9YlL
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 10, 2020
With MacGyver skills like this, it’s likely that whomever built the condo is the slumlord ruler of the encampment.
What a life. It’s homesteading. It’s the wild west. It’s living off the grid, not having to pay for a permit or inspections or worry about silly things like zoning. That’s for rule-following chumps. Nah, out here in the basin one can truly become a king or queen with just a little bit of ingenuity and a lot of muscle and intimidation. It’s easy to picture a Billy Bob Thornton-type character on the second or third story, surveying their kingdom and keeping an eye out for troublemakers. Such a ruler would demand tributes and really, whatever else they want.
It’s a safe bet that life as a woman in this encampment is no picnic.
Although major brush fires have been started by the Basin’s residents, liberals are still crying their eyes out that these people have been forced to leave. One fire in October ruined air quality for two days and forced local schools to close.
— Ariella Plachta (@AriPlachta) October 24, 2019
The area is actually a wildlife reserve and the multiple brush fires started by the homeless residents are destroying wildlife and their habitat.
Interesting how all these liberals that claim to care about animals and wildlife don’t care that fires started by the vagrants in Sepulveda that destroyed this wildlife….
Reddit thread on this https://t.co/k1BiIguWFd
— Make L.A Great Again 🇺🇸 (@GuiltyHonkey) January 11, 2020
The area is also a flood plain. During heavy rains even the streets in the area are flooded out.
The cleanup, that started at 8 a.m. Wednesday, is part of a four-phase public safety effort that began in August amid numerous brush fires, and most recently a flood rescue in the area.
Hazmat crews in full protective gear began clearing the area of the many encampments in what could be a days-long effort.
Sanitation officials said the 34-acres being targeted near Encino Creek are the most dangerous to live in because of flooding and thick woods. Because the area is designated as parkland, a dusk to dawn curfew can be enforced.
“There’s no access or very limited access,” said Howard Wong with L.A. Sanitation. “Everything is by foot or existing fire roads and trails.”
During one brush fire in July, propane tanks in an encampment exploded threatening firefighters.
When the cleanups began, a grenade was found in another camp prompting the bomb squad to be called in.
The photos show the extensive environmental harm the homeless camp is causing.
After a number of large fires that put lives at risk, and a recent water rescue of a homeless man in the Sepulveda Basin on Christmas Day, @LACitySAN crews are moving forward with an extensive cleanup effort of the Sepulveda Basin focused on the 34 acres along Encino Creek. 1/5 pic.twitter.com/fmgNhICgEG
— Nury Martinez (@CD6Nury) January 9, 2020
But is the purpose simply altruistic? Could it also be happening now because the city’s homeless count will occur in just a few weeks?
As hundreds of #SepulvedaBasin residents relocate to the neighboring council districts of @davideryu @PaulKrekorian @PaulKoretzCD5 @BobBlumenfield @MRodCD7 @CD12LA, how does this affect the integrity of the upcoming #HomelessCount on Jan 21-23? pic.twitter.com/ow2vLdWZJ5
— Ktown for All 💜❤ (@KtownforAll) January 11, 2020
Regardless of the timing, this cleanup clearly demonstrated what California’s future looks like: Newsom Acres.