When the City of West Hollywood and the LA County Sheriff’s Department announced plans for a community listening session regarding public safety, specifically in the areas of law enforcement response to mental health situations and homelessness, WEHOville asked our readers to give their thoughts on the subject. Below are some of your responses. The virtual meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight; register here.
DRUG ADDICTION, DRUG DEALING, & OPEN USE needs to be addressed. Look how PASSING OUT NEEDLES & INJECTION CENTERS has helped turned San Francisco into a garbage pit of the drug addicted (LA following suit). People pee and poop openly in the streets. And these vagrants harass all walks of life and make daily living a living hell for those who reside here. The answer is not more super liberal policies. It takes enforcement of laws, especially when it comes to drugs. It takes enforcement of laws, especially when it comes to indecent exposure of people defecating in the streets. They don’t need a hug and a free rainbow sticker. —Dave Beckton.
Blame the city for the lack of Resources available to homeless.
The real problem is with the Social service department and it’s Homeless out reach agencies. ASCENCIA, STEP UP ON SECOND, LA LGBT CENTER, TARZANA TREATMENT CENTERS. What good does it do to have contracted agencies when they can’t provide Temporary shelters, hotel food, showers or other resources. The homeless on the streets have been given the runaround by these agencies.
Enough is enough I have seen firsthand the lack of professionalism by security ambassadors harassing the homeless Throughout the city.
It’s time for Civil rights attorney Carol Sobel Step in and put a stop to this immediately.
Ambassadors do not have any l authority to be removing the homeless
Residents need to call Call City Hall or the homeless hotline number at 323-848-6590.
Being Homeless is Not a Crime !!
Stop blaming the Sheriffs !!
— back the blue
The homeless won’t use these resources, so there is no point in providing more of them. They are on the street because that’s what they want.
Loitering, public urination, defecation and masturbation, disturbing the peace, exhibitionism, being uninvited on private property, hoarding trash, and threatening passersby are all against the law and I’ve experienced every one of those by homeless in my neighborhood within the last few weeks.
I paid hundreds of thousands of dollars on my condo, yet all this is right outside my door … every day.
I agree with JJ1. Some seem to fail to realize police enforce laws. They don’t make laws. For all the complaining about the police not doing anything, it is really the ultra liberal politicians (this is coming from a moderate liberal) that continue to be put in office. Those that think we should build a city of tiny homes in our beach parking lots and that will solve the problem…What we need to do is change outdated mental health laws that we’re made in the times of cruel mental health experiments. Families are not legally allowed to make their loved ones with mental illness take medicine here. The result is they walk around the streets like inhuman zombies. Ultra liberals think throwing housing money will do something. That is treating the symptom rather than the problem. We need to change mental health laws, forcing people onto their medication and under family supervision. Speaking as someone with a homeless cousin in San Diego that went to Ivy League college, has schizophrenia, Won’t take his medicine, the state won’t let his family do anything to get him on his meds and off the street. —Gdaddy
The courts have tied their hands. We need to push for a change in the laws so that people will drug addiction, alcohol addition or mental illness can be placed into facilities to get the help they so desperately need. Allow them to lay in their own filth, eating out of garbage cans and pitching a tent on a sidewalk is not compassion. It’s doing them no good and it’s doing the society at large no good. They need treatment to be on a path to becoming productive citizens. Currently, there is not much the Sheriffs can do unless they hurt someone. We have to get past this false narrative that most of the homeless are in need of affordable housing. An overwhelming majority are looking for their next high, a booze or talking to their own shadow. Anyone with connected brain cells can see this on every corner, in our parks, at our bus stops, and more and more on private property. —JJ1
When did it become the “taxpayers = working stiff” responsibility to pick-up the care and pampering for the failed decisions of others (that INCLUDE decisions by politicians to invite millions of non tax paying, dependent illegal aliens into so called sanctuary cities and states).
There is a direct correlation to the displacement of Working Class Americans (that NO ONE seems to speak up for) by illegal aliens. From depressed wages, competition for low cost housing, deteriorating schools and social services. It was simply a matter of time for these policies to catch up and demand accounting. There has NEVER been a situation like this in the last 75 years. One needs to ask why now? (of course this won’t get posted because it does not fall into the Far Left’s political agenda of PC at any cost. It is time for a cold REALITY CHECK) — Jose