Yesterday the LA Alliance released a statement after yesterday’s council meeting discussing the proposed amendments regarding enforcement and clean-ups. While we are encouraged by the amendments that were proposed, it is disappointing that no action was taken yesterday. Angelenos need relief NOW.
The LA Alliance for Human Rights continues to make progress in its landmark lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles over their failure to address our community’s homelessness crisis. This week saw the City and County receive a rare and pointed reprimand from Judge Andre Birotte for their lack of cooperation and inability to see the big picture.
Last Thursday we were back in the LA City Council Chambers where the court held a status conference to get updates from City Councilmembers about the success they’ve made in fulfilling the City’s obligation to provide 6,000 new beds by April 2021. In addition to the ones already in the pipeline, that’s a total of 8,204 beds coming online within 18 months.
On Friday, the court held another ambitious session in our case. Judge Carter took over City Hall Chambers to permit the mayor and all of the council members to appear and testify about their progress fulfilling their obligation to hit 6,700 new beds in the next few months (along with constant reminders that this is just the beginning).
As you may have read in recent news articles, Judge Carter has issued an injunction (copy attached) requiring the City and County to provide alternate housing and humanely relocate approximately 7,000-8,000 persons living by freeways throughout LA County.