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Outrage Over CA Councilman’s Motion to Create Homeless Campsites at L.A. Beaches, Parks

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Beautiful California beaches are where people can go enjoy the sun on their skin, the sand between their toes, and the homeless campsites. A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed Wednesday that “among other things, fires related to homeless encampments have nearly tripled” reports Deadline.

Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin has gone to various efforts to explore housing homeless people in temporary cabins and camping sites in parks and beach parking lots. Thanks to Bonin, as the LA Times reports, in the first four months of this year there were as many as 24 fires per day. Calls to the Los Angeles Fire Department for the homeless encampment fires accounted for roughly 54% of all fires responded to by LAFD.

Bonin attempted to defend himself to his residents, which include much of the city’s affluent West Side including Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, Mar Vista and Westchester. On Wednesday he stated in an email to his constituents: “these are not encampments, They are an emergency response – an alternative – to encampments, and they are temporary solutions meant to get people off the streets and into homes.”

Bonin also published a response on his website titled “The Truth.” Bonin says his motion, which was introduced March 31, is an attempt to move homeless individuals off of parks and beaches, but rather, into designated camping and cabin areas in certain portions of the county-owned parks and parking lots.

Deadline reports Bonin’s motion specifically calls for the City Administrative Officer to evaluate the feasibility of and identify funding for:

— temporary single-occupancy tiny homes or a safe camping site at Will Rogers State Beach’s county-owned parking lot at 17000 CA-1 in Pacific Palisades

— temporary single-occupancy tiny homes, a safe camping or safe parking site at Dockweiler Beach’s county owned parking lot number three, at 11999 Vista Del Mar in Playa Del Rey

— a temporary RV safe parking site in the county-owned RV park at Dockweiler Beach, at 12001 Vista Del Mary in Playa Del Rey

— temporary single-occupancy tiny homes or a safe camping site at Fisherman’s Village’s county-owned parking lot, at 13755 Fiji Way in Marina del Rey

If passed, the motion would also instruct the Department of Recreation and Parks to evaluate the feasibility of identifying portions of Mar Vista Park and Westchester Park for safe camping programs, while having the rest of the parks remain open for public use and programs. Los Angeles World Airports would also be instructed to work with the City Administrative Officer to identify and fund an airport-owned site for safe camping, safe parking or tiny homes.

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    May 14, 2021 at 10:21 am

    This guy is Totally INSANE !! ONLY in California would an IDIOT like this guy ever get elected to a position of power. Time for the people to rise up and DEMAND that he be REMOVED from Office…IMMEDIATELY. HE NEEDS SOME VERY SERIOUS MENTAL HELP.

  2. Slideglide

    May 14, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I spent a good amount of time at these same beaches every summer, and think the idea of homeless camps in the parking lots, to be offensive.

    There has got to be a better solution than penalizing the average citizen with solutions for the homeless.

    • Trish

      May 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      I lived in CA from age 4-16 yrs., it was a nice place…back then. DIMocrats sure have MESSED CA UP!

  3. Pamela Bergman

    May 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    I would not go to the beach or parks with homeless camping there I ould not feel safe.

  4. McRant

    May 15, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Hire illegal aliens to tear homeless camps down every day until the bums relocate. Stop bringing them food. Stop putting them in hotels. Provide addiction counseling by all those punks who majored in psychology and social work.

    • Allen

      May 15, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Families with children would not feel safe to enjoy the beaches. What an idiot he is.

  5. Kim K

    May 17, 2021 at 10:30 am

    SNAP! It seems Californians are all about charity and kindness when it’s in someone else’s back yard or until it looks like it might require them to alter their lifestyle. This is what happens when the politicians put in place those warm and fuzzy socialist policies; when real estate rates and taxes are higher than the market can bear. This is what happens when socialism comes to town. You end up with the ultra rich and the ultra poor and middle class is wiped out. VOTERS created this. Only voters can fix it. McRant, I’d bet money a significant amount of those homeless people ARE illegals.

    • AGS

      May 26, 2021 at 11:12 pm

      Could not have said it better.

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Employees Completely Helpless as Shoplifters Walk Out With Thousands Worth of Goods at Oregon Lowes

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Social media Twitter account @libsoftiktok which states in the bio it posts “all things insane & hypocritical” posted a one-minute video showing “2 people walk out of an Oregon Lowe’s with carts of stolen merchandise. Employees look on and are unable to do anything.”

As the video plays, words highlighted red appear that read, “INCREDIBLE STATE OF OREGON, USA” and “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.” The video takes place at a Lowes store and epitomizes the sad times we are in.

Within the first eight seconds of the video, the two robbers, with filled carts, simply stroll out of the store as if they were paying customers. The Lowes employee asks the men “can you show me the receipts?” The young man appears to flash something while saying “right here.”

The female employee then says “no, I don’t think so” knowing the men did not pay for the items. The two thieves continue to walk the carts out of the store and a second, elderly Lowes employee attempts to stop the men, shouting “hey” as he follows them.

The female employee stops the elderly male employee from pursuing the robbers saying, “it’s not worth it.” As the robbers have successfully exited the store, into the parking lot, the male recording the video then asks the employees, “doesn’t it suck you guys can’t do anything? I mean I think it’s just amazing.”

The video then shows the men in the parking lot throwing the stolen items into a red Subaru where it appears others were waiting to help. A voice can be heard explaining that the guys are packing the car with stolen goods, and another man explains it happens “every day.”

“Dude that’s thousands of dollars – I’m an electrician, bro” the videographer explains of the sheer amount of goods being stolen. The thieves close the back door and the videographer zooms in to the back of the car to show the “license tag” before the car speeds away. The red highlighted words “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY” remained on the video the whole time.

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U.S. Military Hands out Toys, Hygiene Products to Afghan Refugees Arriving at Fort McCoy

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11 flights are reported to have landed at Volk Field Air National Guard at Camp Douglas, Wisconsin yesterday, according to the Director of Public Affairs of the 88th Readiness Division at Ft. McCoy.

Wisconsin’s local NBC station reports, “Transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support are being provided for 50,000 Afghan evacuees as quickly as possible.”

“It was not specified the number of refugees that had arrived on those flights” and there are already a few thousand Afghan refugees living at Fort McCoy. More will reportedly be arriving in the coming days.

In time, more than 10,000 men, women, and children may get processed through the fort before relocating across the country according to figures released by both the Department of Defense, along with state and local officials and agencies” WXOW News 19.

 Video shows U.S. Army Soldiers handing out toys and basic necessities such as soap and other hygiene products to the refugees as they arrive at the Fort McCoy base. “Items being handed out are part of 1,600 comfort kits currently being issued by the American Red Cross, reports the U.S. Army 181st Multifunctional Training Brigade.”

“The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, with the support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security is assisting in the effort.
The initiative will provide Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan” adds the NBC News affiliate.

WXOW News 19 detailed a “day in the life” at the fort with the refugees:

Q: What is the day-to-day life currently for the Afghan people?

A: The Afghans are free to conduct their lives as they desire. On any given day you might see some folks jogging or walking in the morning for exercise. Women are washing clothes and hanging them on clotheslines for drying. Kids are playing with balls and a soccer field is available for games. Places of worship with prayer rugs are available to accommodate religious needs. Dining facilities are open for meals. Miscellaneous personal items and some food and drinks are available for purchase through post exchange trailers located in the neighborhoods.

Q: What kind of food is being offered/prepared for them?

A: Dining facilities are available for all meals, and a grab-and-go option is also offered. Culturally appropriate food is available.

Q: What kind of help/volunteers are being allowed on base and what kind of services are currently being offered?

A: We have the USO on the ground to support Soldiers who are part of Task Force McCoy. We are working with a number of interagency partners and non-governmental organizations. These include the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and International Rescue Committee, to name a few. Also on the ground to support Task Force McCoy are Team Rubicon, American Red Cross, and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Q: Are vaccinations for COVID-19 being offered and are Afghans encouraged to wear masks on base or is it mandated for all persons on base?

A: Medical screening is one of the services offered. Afghans are tested for COVID-19 and will receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Afghans are asked to wear masks.

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