HOMES NOT ZONES

Coalition Statement

On October 21 2020, LA City Councilmembers Blumenfield, Buscaino, Rodriguez, Krekorian, Price, Cedillo, and Lee presented a motion to drastically expand the criminalization and banishment of unhoused Angelenos across the city. The motion instructs the city attorney to amend LA Municipal Codes 41.18 and 56.11, allowing the city to ban:

  • Sitting, sleeping or lying down within 500 feet of freeways, ramps, and tunnels
  • Sitting, sleeping or lying down within 500 feet of any facility opened after January 2018 that provides housing, shelter, services, safe parking, or storage to unhoused people 
  • Storing property in the areas listed above

This motion does not provide any new housing resources, wrap-around services for those experiencing homelessness, or any solutions to decrease the unhoused population in LA. Instead of focusing on these actual, proven solutions, City Council members are attempting to expand harmful criminalization policies which have only proven to fail and exacerbate homelessness. 

In his statement to LA Times regarding this motion, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield revealed the true motivation behind it: to “create visible progress” for some housed constituents by forcibly displacing encampments from one location to another, and establish ‘enforcement zones’ to prevent unhoused Angelenos from returning to these locations. 

It is especially cruel to present this motion during an ongoing pandemic, when mass evictions are expected as the Winter season approaches. Where will people shelter from the rain when there aren’t enough housing resources available and the city bans people from resting beneath underpasses? With the death toll for unhoused Angelenos already over 1,000 in 2020, this motion would contribute to another record increase in deaths and an increase in harmful police encounters with the unhoused community. In both cases, unhoused Black Angelenos are disproportionately impacted. 

The Services Not Sweeps coalition rejects this motion and demands that all processes involved in propelling this motion forward be halted immediately, as this motion poses a direct threat to the health and safety of our unhoused neighbors and their surrounding communities. 

We demand that City Council and the Mayor’s office instead invest their time and legislative power into programs that actually help us move forward in providing a healthy and safe living environments for our unhoused communities while they are on the streets, and take concrete action steps in providing transitional/permanent housing opportunities that meet a higher standard of living than current shelter and ABH facilities offer. 

We demand that the city take the following actions immediately: 

  • Focus efforts on providing hotel rooms, motel rooms, and permanent housing to ALL unhoused Angelenos (not just those in specific areas that are visible to the general public)
  • End Special Enforcement and Cleaning Zones (SECZ) permanently 
  • Respect CDC guidelines and work with health department officials to ensure that basic sanitation needs are met without the threat of displacement 
  • Halt all CARE+ “comprehensive cleanup” operations
  • Remove law enforcement from outreach
  • Repeal LAMC 41.18, LAMC 56.11, and all ordinances used to criminalize unhoused residents.

– Services Not Sweeps Coalition

Action Items

1) Call and email City Council to demand that they oppose this motion
See below for contact info and sample script

2) Submit written public comment
Be sure to confirm via email after submitting!

3) Give general public comment at the City Council meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10am and Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 10am

  1. Call (669) 254 5252 and use Meeting ID No. 160 535 8466 
  2. Press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID 
  3. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak

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Call and Email Instructions

Find Your Council Member at neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org

Sample Email

Dear Councilmember,

On October 21 2020, LA City Councilmembers Blumenfield, Buscaino, Rodriguez, Krekorian, Price, Cedillo, and Lee
presented a motion (council file 20-1376) to drastically expand the criminalization and banishment of unhoused Angelenos across the city. The text of the motion instructs the city attorney to draft amendments to LA Municipal Codes 41.18 and 56.11.

This motion does not provide any new housing resources, wrap-around services for those experiencing homelessness, or any solutions to decrease the unhoused population in LA. Instead of focusing on actual, proven solutions to a crisis that continues to grow during this pandemic, City Council members have decided to once again spend time and city resources on another attempt to expand harmful criminalization policies which have only proven to fail and exacerbate homelessness.

I demand that City Council and the Mayor’s office instead invest their time and legislative power into programs that actually help us move forward in providing a healthy and safe living environments for our unhoused communities while they are on the streets, and take concrete action steps in providing transitional/permanent housing opportunities that meet a higher standard of living than current shelter and ABH facilities offer, and furthermore to oppose the motion to instruct the city attorney to draft amendments to LA Municipal Codes 41.18 and 56.11.

Signed,
[Your Name]

Contact Info for City Council Members

DISTRICT 1 — GIL CEDILLO
City Hall: (213) 473-7001
Westlake Office: (323) 276-7177
Highland Park Office: (323) 550-1538
Glassell Park Office: (323) 341-5671
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org 
@CMGilCedillo

DISTRICT 2 — PAUL KREKORIAN
City Hall: (213) 473-7002
North Hollywood Office: (818) 755-7676
councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org
@PaulKrekorian

DISTRICT 3 — BOB BLUMENFIELD 
City Hall: (213) 473-7003
Reseda Office: (818) 774-4330
councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org
@BobBlumenfield

DISTRICT 4 — DAVID RYU 
City Hall: (213) 473-7004
Hollywood Office: (323) 957-6415
Sherman Oaks Office: (818) 728-9924
david.ryu@lacity.org
@DavidERyu

DISTRICT 5 — PAUL KORETZ 
City Hall: (213) 473-7005
Beverly Grove Office: (323) 866-1828
Encino Office: (818) 971-3088
paul.koretz@lacity.org
@PaulKoretzCD5

DISTRICT 6 — COUNCIL PRESIDENT NURY MARTINEZ 
City Hall: (213) 473-7006
Van Nuys Office: (818) 778-4999
Sun Valley Office: (818) 771-0236
councilmember.martinez@lacity.org
@CD6Nury

DISTRICT 7 — MONICA RODRIGUEZ 
City Hall: (213) 473-7007
Sylmar Office: (818) 756-8409
Pacoima Office: (818) 485-0600
Sunland-Tujunga Office: (818) 352-3287
councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org
@MRodCD7

DISTRICT 8 — MARQUEECE HARRIS DAWSON
City Hall: (213) 473-7008
South Central Office: (213) 485-7616
councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org 
@MHDCD8

DISTRICT 9 — CURREN PRICE
City Hall: (213) 473-7009
Downtown Office: (323) 846-2651
councilmember.price@lacity.org
@CurrenDPriceJr

DISTRICT 10 — HERB WESSON 
City Hall: (213) 473-7010
Koreatown Office: (323) 733-8233
councilmember.wesson@lacity.org 
@CMHerbJWesson

DISTRICT 11 — MIKE BONIN
City Hall: (213) 473-7011
Temporary Central COVID Number: (213) 444-3508
West LA Office: (310) 575-8461
Westchester Office: (310) 568-8772
councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
@MikeBoninLA 

DISTRICT 12 — JOHN LEE
City Hall: (213) 473-7012
Chatsworth Office: (818) 882-1212
councilmember.Lee@lacity.org 
@CD12LA

DISTRICT 13 — MITCH O’FARRELL
City Hall: (213) 473-7013
Echo Park Office: (213) 207-3015
Hollywood Office: (213) 207-3015
councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org
@MitchOFarrell

DISTRICT 14 — KEVIN DE LEON
City Hall: (213) 473-7014
Boyle Heights Office: (323) 526-9332
El Sereno Office: (323) 226-1646
Northeast Los Angeles Office: (323) 254-5295
councilmember.deleon@lacity.org
@KdeLeon

DISTRICT 15 — JOE BUSCAINO
City Hall: (213) 473-7015
Harbor Office: (310) 732-4515
Watts Office: (323)-568-2083
councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org 
@JoeBuscaino