#HomesNotZones Toolkit

Action List

1) Give public comment at City Council on Wed, July 29

2) Tweet about #HomesNotZones
Use our sample tweets and graphics below

3) Call and Email Mayor Eric Garcetti and your Councilmember

Public Comment

When and Where

Wed, July 29 at 10am
Agenda | Watch Live

Call In to Give Public Comment

1) Call 669-254-5252
2) Use Meeting ID 160-535-8466 and then press #
3) Press # again when prompted for participant ID
4) Once in the meeting, press *9 to request to speak

Talking Points

  • Eliminate special enforcement zones
  • Resuming CARE+ now would be in violation of CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. CARE+ sweeps are a threat to overall public health!
  • “Cleanups” force elderly and disabled people to take potentially painful steps to move their belongings or take their tents down
  • Increasing sweeps around A Bridge Home shelters is harmful and costly and it’s an admission that these shelters don’t meet the needs of all unhoused residents in the area
  • Place-based zoning to keep people out of an area doesn’t work. It requires significant enforcement, which leads to increased criminalization and increased expense.

Graphics on Public Comment

Twitter

Targets (Mayor and CMs with shelters opening this summer):

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti @MayorOfLA
  • CM David Ryu @davideryu
  • CM Herb Wesson @CMHerbJWesson
  • CM Paul Krekorian @PaulKrekorian
  • CM Joe Buscaino @JoeBuscaino

Background

LA’s new homeless shelters created under the Mayor’s A Bridge Home program are surrounded by “Special Enforcement Zones” where LAPD aggressively polices houseless neighbors who couldn’t get inside. This is cruel, costly practice. It harms people without housing, it doesn’t solve anything for the neighborhood and it’s a big expense for the city. Help us spread the word and tell our elected officials we want #HomesNotZones!

Message

If city leaders are truly committed to reimagining public safety and an unarmed response to non-violent calls, they must abolish the cruel, costly, punitive “Special Enforcement Zones” that surround homeless shelters. Struggling Angelenos need #HomesNotZones

Video

Sample Tweets

Note: You may want to edit these before tweeting. Make them your own.

If @CMHerbJWesson wants to remove LAPD as first responders to non-violent calls, he can start by removing them from patrolling houseless Angelenos in Special Enforcement Zones 24-hours a day. #HomesNotZones #DefundThePolice

Transitional homeless shelters connected with #ABridgeHome fill up fast. The Special Enforcement Zones surrounding shelters punish Angelenos who desperately want help but can’t get inside. @MayorOfLA, this is inhumane. Struggling people need #HomesNotZones.

Needless, 24-hour policing of Special Enforcement Zones raise the likelihood of LAPD use of force, like the shootings of #CharleyAfrica, #VictorValencia and too many others. https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-01-21/use-of-force-incidents-against-homeless-people-are-up-lapd-reports

Arbitrary homeless encampment prohibition doesn’t work–it requires costly enforcement, violent criminalization and fosters conflict between impoverished Angelenos and LAPD officers. We need to reimagine public safety to deliver #HomesNotZones.

If #ProjectRoomkey can operate safely with unarmed security officers, why would we spend $8.4 million a year deploy a 24/7 LAPD detail to transitional homeless shelters? Spend that money on #ServicesNotSweeps, #HomesNotZones, #DefundThePolice

.@LAHomeless acknowledges that homelessness disproportionately affects Black Angelenos. Policing and banishing Black bodies through zone-based enforcement is a form of institutional racism that exacerbates this injustice. #StopZoneEnforcement, #DefundThePolice

LAPD spends $8.4 million deploying officers on 24-hour patrols of homeless shelters, whether or not an incident has occurred. This costly boondoggle could pay for 4 shelters with funds left to spare. #DefundThePolice #HomesNotZones

The CDC explicitly recommends against displacing encampments for COVID safety. These Special Enforcement Zones lead to displacement and the potential spread of COVID19, endangering unhoused residents and the larger community. #HomesNotZones #ServicesNotSweeps #DefundThePolice 

Graphics

Find more graphics and GIFs in this folder


Call and Email Instructions

Find Your Councilmember at neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org

Script

Dear [Insert Elected Official’s Name Here], 

I am an Angeleno and I live in District [Fill in Your District Number]. I am writing to demand the removal of Special Enforcement Zones from all current or planned homeless shelters.

This cruel and costly practice needlessly punishes houseless Angelenos who want to access a shelter bed but cannot due to limited capacity. 24 hour LAPD patrols increase the likelihood of unnecessary conflicts and uses of force. Weekly “comprehensive cleanups” force elderly and disabled residents to breakdown their tents and relocate without regard for their health or physical limitations. The $8.4 million price tag for geographically targeted enforcement is unjustifiable in light of the city’s need for more homeless services and housing.

Over the past two months, we’ve heard councilmembers acknowledge that more enforcement isn’t the answer for making communities safe. They’ve made promises to reimagine public safety by cutting LAPD funding and replacing officers with unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies to respond to non-violent service calls. 

Permanently eliminating the practice of location-based policing would be an essential step in that direction. I urge you to support this new paradigm.

Thank you for your time, 

[Sign Your Name]

Contact Info for All City Officials Below

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor, Budget Office 
(213) 922-9771
Diana Mangioglu, Director, Budget Office
(213) 922-8303
Constituent Services Desk
(213) 978-0721
DTLA City Hall Help Desk
(213) 978-1028
Johanna Rodriguez, Harbor Area Representative 
(213) 473-2388
Edith Vega, South/East L.A. Area Representative 
(213 978-0732) 
David Price, South/West L.A. Area Representative 
(213 922-9781​)
Tanaz Golshan, West Valley Sr. Area Representative 
(213) 610-4808 
Caroline Menjivar, East Valley Area Representative 
(213) 713-0960
Ami Fields-Meyer, West L.A. Area Representative
(213) 978-0836
mayor.helpdesk@lacity.org
@MayorOfLA

DISTRICT 1 — GIL CEDILLO
City Hall: (213) 473-7001
District Office 1: (323) 550-153
District Office 2: (323) 341-5671
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org 
@CMGilCedillo

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

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

DISTRICT 4 — DAVID RYU 
City Hall: (213) 473-7004
District Office 1: (323) 851-2121
District Office 2: (323) 957-6415
District Office 3: (818) 728-9924
david.ryu@lacity.org
@DavidERyu

DISTRICT 5 — PAUL KORETZ 
City Hall: (213) 473-7005
District Office 1: (323) 866-1828
District Office 2: (818) 971-3088
paul.koretz@lacity.org
@PaulKoretzCD5

DISTRICT 6 — NURY MARTINEZ 
City Hall: (213) 473-7006
District Office 1: (818) 778-4999
District Office 2: (818) 771-0236
councilmember.martinez@lacity.org
@CD6Nury

DISTRICT 7 — MONICA RODRIGUEZ 
City Hall: (213) 473-7006
District Office 1: (818) 756-8409
District Office 2: (818) 485-0600
District Office 3: (818) 352-3287
councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org
@MRodCD7

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

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

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

DISTRICT 11 — MIKE BONIN
City Hall: (213) 473-7011
District Office 1: (310) 575-8461
District Office 2: (310) 568-8772
councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
@MikeBoninLA 

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

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

DISTRICT 14 — JOSE HUIZAR (SUSPENDED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES, YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT NURY MARTINEZ)
City Hall: (213) 473-7014
District Office 1: (323) 526-9332
District Office 2: (323) 226-1646
District Office 3: (323) 254-5295
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
@JoseHuizar

DISTRICT 15 — JOE BUSCAINO
City Hall: (213) 473-7014
District Office 1: 310 732-4515
District Office 2: 310 233-7201
District Office 3: 323 568 208
councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org 
@JoeBuscaino