The Los Angeles City Council has instructed its lawyers to draft a major change to the city’s anticamping ordinance, barring homeless encampments within 500 feet of hundreds and possibly thousands of schools and daycare centers, reports the Los Angeles Times. Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, urged members to approve the measure, saying students have been witnessing behavior that threatens to cause trauma and to harm cognitive development.
What’s that seeing poor people? The most desolate in society? They should be brushed away because they disrupt the pleasant atmosphere, and are not aesthetically pleasing, what are they objects? Mr. Carvalho, is beyond disgusting for even bringing this topic up as a suggestion. Instead of moving them someplace out of sight, why not do something about it and help them?
Councilmember Mike Bonin, who voted in opposition of the draft, said the plan if enacted, would simply push encampments to nearby locations. The existing anti-camping ordinance allows the council to prohibit camping on sidewalks around parks, libraries and schools. When the law was proposed, critics argued that it would punish people for living on the streets. The measure was adopted without a review from the council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee.