As one of his last acts as City Manager Paul Arevalo writes a letter to County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl requesting use of the MTA lot on Santa Monica Blvd. for homeless outreach services. Mayor Horvath, who has been endorsed by Supervisor Kuehl in her run for County Supervisor did not sign the letter but in her role as Mayor would be expected to be familiar and knowledgable about this proposal by the City Manager. Click here to read the agenda item.
June 21, 2021
Supervisor Third District
821 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
Stephanie N. Wiggins
Chief Executive Officer
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Dear Honorable Supervisor Kuehl and Ms. Wiggins:
I am writing to you on behalf of the City of West Hollywood to request temporary use of
the public parking lot at the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)’s Division 7 bus yard.
The City is seeking this use from Metro to address the immediate needs the City’s
The lot at Division 7 appears to be underutilized, and large enough to accommodate
trailers for shelter and/or service delivery to address homelessness in West Hollywood.
With your approval of this request, we will then reach out to the County of Los Angeles
to secure the needed facilities and services to activate the site.
The City commits over $5 million in general funds annually to the provision of social
services, with more than $1.2 of that specifically addressing homelessness. In spite of
that – and commitments from the City and County of Los Angeles — the homeless crisis
remains one of the single biggest issues for our greater Los Angeles region.
This crisis demands that we all look toward solution-based strategies and partnerships,
and it is our hope you will allow us to utilize this space and then join us in calling on Los
Angeles County to supplement our City’s existing programs and services with County
funded services and programs at this location.
We thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
The Metro Bus Terminal located at 8800 Santa Monica blvd is now being considered for homeless outreach services. The MTA is located right next to most of West Hollywood’s busy nightlife and tourist area. WEHOville received multiple letters on this subject earlier today:
“Bringing homeless shelter to the bus station could cause a homeless influx from all over the area. We can’t handle what we have presently.” (please note the staff report does not include a shelter)
“So now homeless can take a free bus to West Hollywood and explore our neighborhoods, great idea!”
“Should this item be discussed with residents and the business community before writing the letter to Sheila Kuehl? It is a terrible idea for the residential neighborhoods and businesses that surround the Metro.”
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