Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass is set to be inaugurated on Sunday — and so city crews have been moving a homeless encampment from outside City Hall, hoping to avoid any unpleasant visuals when she is sworn in.
It Los Angeles Times reported:
Residents who had been unhoused at 1st or Spring streets for several months were loaded onto vans and taken to the L.A. Grand Hotel. This temporary shelter on Figueroa Street is set to close Jan 31. Several said they were told that they needed to relocate in the run-up to Bass’ swearing-in, which had been scheduled for Sunday outside City Hall.
“They said that they were going to be coming through here and cleaning this whole section out, because the mayor is having her inauguration,”Robert Fulps (47). “I don’t know what cleaning this up has to do with that, but I assume … it’ll be on the news and they want it to be clean.”
Bass will now be in charge of a city that has more than 40,000. Eric Garcetti was plagued by the crisis for most of his tenure in office. Bass promised that she would act quickly and declare a state emergency immediately after taking office.
Bass stated that Thursday’s ceremony will be relocated to an indoor space because of rain.
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Bass made no specific statements about homelessness during her campaign. Under outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti, the city’s approach has been to use a windfall from federal pandemic funding to rent or buy hotels.
Drawn to L.A. by generous public services, lax law enforcement, and the warm weather — or pushed onto the street by drugs, mental illness, and high housing costs — the homeless population has only grown.
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