WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA) – The cleanup of homeless camps has created confusion in some neighborhoods since the city passed an anti-camping ordinance to clear down ruins and other public spaces.
A veteran and currently homeless, Jerry Taylor hits on his drum to pass the time he lives under 101 Freeway on Corbin Avenue in Woodland Hills.
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“It’s a long story how I got in the valley, but I can not get out. I’m stuck here, ”Taylor said.
Just a week ago, this camp was much larger, but city crews cleared off the sidewalks last Friday.
Neighbors say they are concerned about security, that they are concerned about burglary, assault and other crimes. One woman said she was concerned about what her young son sees in the neighborhood.
“He does not need to see people reveal themselves. He does not need to see people openly use drugs, ”a woman identified only as Chris said.
Some neighbors were surprised to see these tents set up again, a few days after the cleanup.
“They are really important to be clear, safe and navigable,” said LA City Councilor Bob Blumenfield, who represents the western San Fernando Valley.
Blumenfield said, however, that the city cannot stop people from camping on sidewalks here, not at least yet.
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“To make a particular area outside the boundaries of camps, you have to send a separate resolution to do that,” Blumenfield said.
While this part is underway, the councilor pointed to transitional housing being offered in his district, which was required before the city could clear people living on sidewalks and other public spaces.
“Unfortunately, we are dealing with addicts who need help with addiction. A home is not going to clean them up, ”Chris said.
Blumenfield agrees, saying that along with the transitional housing, there will be offers for mental health and addiction programs.
As for Taylor, he knows that living here and 21 other places in the western San Fernando Valley is likely to be banned soon. He said he is waiting for his chance to be placed in housing.
“It’s not like we want to be here,” Taylor said.
Councilor Blumenfield says there must be a vote before they can formally camp outside borders in those areas, such as Corbin Avenue and elsewhere in his district, which should come later this month.
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