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The eviction of Skid Row Los Angeles has begun. Videos; Dial-up warning. This may piss you off.

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The below video includes much of what I've written here, if you wish to skip to it...and I apologize for the unclear nature of this article. I work myself past exhaustion on this stuff and while intending to get out the story in a timely manner, lose cohesiveness and clarity.

As depicted in the true story "The Soloist", the rich in Los Angeles (the "CCA") influence the city council and get their way (which is Mussolini's definition of Fascism) and have LAPD clear the homeless from an area they wish to gentrify into ritzy, for-profit rentals. They easily succeeded.

Now they are again attempting it, but in a more gentle, more conniving manner.

CCA are contracted to sweep the streets in areas of downtown, as well as collect trash from garbage cans and to twice-weekly power wash Skid Row. In May, they ceased these activities. Not oddly at all, shortly before then, the Health Department were concluding a report on Skid Row, finding and documenting some situations which required action. I will not attempt to contest the facts of these findings, but I will present the CCA's involvement in creating them.

A while back, something called the "Safer Cities Initiative" was introduced, extremely loosely based upon the "Broken Windows Theory", implying that a single homeless person will attract the rest of them, bringing harm to the area. Laws were enacted to force the homeless to break down their tents or sleeping arrangements at 6AM every day, until 9PM at night. Only recently has consideration been added regarding truly inclement conditions; Row residents tell me that they used to be forced to be in the rain until 9PM. Also, it is illegal to either sit or sleep upon the sidewalk. Breaking any of these laws will result in an arrest. There have been more arrests on the Row than there are total residents. Whether these laws achieve anything other than seriously inconveniencing the homeless remains to be seen.

Recently, 50 police were assigned to Skid Row at a cost of $6,000,000 per year. Note that only $5,700,000 per year is spent upon homeless services for the entire city. Skid Row is about ten square blocks. The main issue of the Row is to create long-term housing for these people, and that money would go very far along those lines. The priorities are obvious.

The City is barred from seizing homeless people's property through a Federal injunction. Police must place a 24-hour warning tag upon any property in question. Only then can they remove it. It used to be that police would simply grab up property found unattended, even if it included identification, medicine, personal paperwork, etc. Even now with the Injunction, they will still raid when and where they wish, sometimes "losing" the claims slip for what they've seized. This makes it extremely difficult for the homeless to go to doctor's appointments, to apply for housing, to find food, much less to go to the public restroom. The CCA are nearly literally forcing people to stay very close to their property, even if it means sometimes avoiding public restrooms!

So now there is something new under the blazing Southern California sun. Because the city is barred from simply clearing homeless encampments, using the Health Department's study they have called in the County to do cleaning. Local homeless have been agreeable to the previous power washes, moving their property to the street and back afterward. I have video of such. So, they moved their belongings when the County came in yesterday to clean the street where Occupy Skid Row reside.

Then the police said "You cannot return to where you were, and you cannot stay where you are now." Big surprise. OSR is on a street not appearing in the Health Department's study, yet the County are cleaning it and a few nearby streets before areas deemed as requiring immediate action. Police now say all large properties must be stored in their facilities (which are taking money from homelessness funds, stealing it from the people who need it). Police say all property must be mobile, and kept moving all day long, until the one of the Injunctions kicks in at 9PM and people are allowed to sleep. At 6AM, they must begin moving around again until the night.

Seriously. It's right there in the video. Although the police do not specifically say where the homeless are expected to go, it is obviously implied.

Occupy Skid Row defy the police and re-Occupy their area. Police are quick to respond, although they seem to have not expected this to happen. (Then again, the three streets they cleared earlier this week are empty, the residents having been told they'd be arrested if they returned.)

Police threaten OSR with arrest. OSR defy them again. Later in the afternoon, police chief Beck is spotted in a cruiser creeping by, seeing things for himself. This implies that the "problem" has been kicked fairly far up the decision tree, which means Someone Wants Action Now, and the police have to figure out how to apply it.

As of this evening, there has been no raid, although it is likely a foregone conclusion. Much more so than the city taking action to provide what the Health Department has Recommended, and which the extremely successful and money-saving Project 50 shows can be accomplished through placing even the most severely homeless among us into long-term housing. $6,000,000 a year for extra police, or for homeless housing.

This is a story of long-term struggle between the people, most notably the Los Angeles Community Action Network, and the rich seeking to become ever richer. It is very difficult for me to sum up into anything shorter than Lord of the Rings...!

Update, 6/25. One of OSR's organizers was singled out and arrested for violating 56.11, which is something about the homeless must stay moving from 6AM until 9PM every day. He is expected to be released within a day. All of his property was seized; three CCEA trucks were there to grab it up. Here's hoping they do not again "lose" the claim slip.


Pardon my bargain-basement technology. The story should still come through:



During the move-out, they are told they cannot go back in and retrieve the rest of their property. A blatant attempt to destroy Occupy Skid Row. Eventually they are able to do so, but still:


Video by David.

Police intimidate and lecture and threaten arrest, marching everyone off the block:


Video by Patti.


Or, "Operation Clean Sweep", meaning...people. The "storage facility" is clearly deemed temporary, so obviously it can easily become a trash can instead of a service. Out it all goes in one fell swoop!









Spanish language channel Noticias 22 came and did a live broadcast:



There is lots of money for spanking new sports cars for city workers, but not the homeless:



Edited from the Health Department's report:












I have the report, and there is nothing in it to request the homeless be made to wander around all day long or face arrest. Sigh...

I am told the CCA are contracted to sweep the streets, empty the trash bins, and twice-weekly power wash the sidewalks of Skid Row. I've seen crews doing this. In my visits to the area, I have noted the cessation of these services sometime early or mid May. Occupy Skid Row continued to clean their area, which is outside of the Health Department report's boundaries, yet the County cleaned that street first. And of course, police then told OSR they could neither return to that street nor stay in their temporary encampment. The rule is now that the homeless must have all of their property on wheels and to keep it moving all day long between 6AM and 9PM or face arrest. Seriously. I was there, I witnessed it.

So CCA allowed a build-up of biohazards in order to call Skid Row a problem requiring their solution. Isn't it against the law to, when contracted to clean, to allow a build-up of biohazards to further your business interests? When you are using biohazards as the core of your argument against the homeless? If they are bad why are you willingly aiding in their creation? And why clean OSR before the areas cited as requiring immediate attention in the Health Department report? Creating biohazards and then ignoring them while attacking people in the way of profit. Especially while ignoring the Recomendations stated in the Health Department report. None of them say a thing about moving out or criminalizing the homeless. All of them address cleaning and also the creation of long-term housing, which my homeless friends want. Project 50 has already proven the overwhelming efficacy of such an approach. Shame on the profiteers who cannot even see the homeless as human beings in need of care and compassion.



Excellent report on the CCA:

Harsh Skid Row policies driven by business lobby, say advocates -


http://www.laactivist.com/2012/06/24/harsh-skid-row-policies-driven-by-business-lobby-say-advocates/

"Queen of LAs mountain

If homeless advocates were looking for a fight, then by all accounts they found it. The CCA may very well be LAs true seat of power.

In 2010, it was reported by Los Angeles Downtown News that the CCA had a budget of $2.3 million and $1.8 million in reserves. That same year, CCA gave money to every sitting city council member, according to journalist Hillel Aron.

In 2011, Los Angeles Downtown News ranked Schatz the sixth most powerful person in downtown.

Above Schatz in ranking are people she may call friends."


Previous report on Skid Row, May 25:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002770630

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Reply The eviction of Skid Row Los Angeles has begun. Videos; Dial-up warning. This may piss you off. (Original post)
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 OP
WingDinger Jun 2012 #1
butterfly77 Jun 2012 #16
Romulox Jun 2012 #2
Trillo Jun 2012 #3
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #4
kestrel91316 Jun 2012 #19
Rex Jun 2012 #5
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #6
robinlynne Jun 2012 #7
robinlynne Jun 2012 #8
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #9
robinlynne Jun 2012 #10
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #11
robinlynne Jun 2012 #20
pinboy3niner Jun 2012 #22
robinlynne Jun 2012 #23
pinboy3niner Jun 2012 #25
robinlynne Jun 2012 #30
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #27
robinlynne Jun 2012 #31
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #12
robinlynne Jun 2012 #21
FarPoint Jun 2012 #18
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #29
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #13
bdread Jun 2012 #14
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #26
pinto Jun 2012 #15
robinlynne Jun 2012 #24
pinto Jun 2012 #17
clang1 Jun 2012 #28
Fire Walk With Me Jun 2012 #32

Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 10:57 AM

1. As I heard a million times from Wingers, there are no poor in America. They are third wrld middle cl

 

class.

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Response to WingDinger (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:44 PM

16. Many are too comfortable..

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 10:58 AM

2. LA: Every bit as wretched as Detroit, but with 1000 times more money.

WTF is the excuse for Los Angeles being so destitute???

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 11:54 AM

3. So many times I've heard local governments say they want us to stop washing our sidewalks

and driveways with water, that it is wasteful of water.

So local governments are hypocrites. When they want the homeless out, conserving water is the least of their concerns.

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Response to Trillo (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 02:04 PM

4. Very good point on wasting water. n/t

 

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Response to Trillo (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:18 PM

19. The city has ALWAYS had an exception to the rule about washing sidewalks if you are doing it for

sanitation reasons, like cleaning up urine or feces. No matter how bad the drought, that has always been legal.

I suppose the do-gooders who don't live with our huge homeless problem in their tidy ticky tacky suburbs would prefer we in the city simply accept the filth. So they can continue to look down their noses at us.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 02:07 PM

5. The PTB would love to outsource the homeless

send them all off on boats...with no destination point. I've never seen such a uncaring society like America. How many will it take? 50 million homeless? 100 million?

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Response to Rex (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 02:30 PM

6. There is a cold equation in this matter...

 

Wells Fargo profit from a continuing illegal foreclosure machine, stealing homes in a land grab. Wells Fargo own 3.5 million shares in one prison-privatizing company, and shares in others. Private prisons use inmates as slave labor, paying them $1 per day (one charges $5 per minute for the pay phone).

So, Wells Fargo profit from stealing your home. End up homeless? The laws against the homeless such as the above depicted "Safer Cities Initiative" mean that you -will- be arrested while homeless, and the charges mount until you go to jail. Where Wells Fargo profit on tax dollars for storing your body, and from your slave labor.

They're making money off of us at all levels.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 09:10 PM

7. the recommendations look fine. Provide sinks, soap, toilets, trash bins and trash removal. Those are

all good things.

and holistically address the problems of the homeless. Evicition is definitely not in that report.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 09:27 PM

8. Fire, what is the federal injunction they talk about in the video?

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:42 AM

9. I'm still a visitor to the Row, assisting those who have been active on these issues for years...

 

I hear "Jones" and "Levan", I believe. I have not yet seen them. I believe off the top of my head without using my Google button, that they are for allowing the homeless to actually sleep without being arrested between 9PM and 6AM, and to stop police from simply seizing property as they wish, to have to attach a 24-hour notice and to wait to confirm any property's status...

They are in existence as part of the painful back-and-forth between homeless rights and the CCA's predatory profit plots.


Harsh Skid Row policies driven by business lobby, say advocates -

http://www.laactivist.com/2012/06/24/harsh-skid-row-policies-driven-by-business-lobby-say-advocates/

"Queen of LAs mountain

If homeless advocates were looking for a fight, then by all accounts they found it. The CCA may very well be LAs true seat of power.

In 2010, it was reported by Los Angeles Downtown News that the CCA had a budget of $2.3 million and $1.8 million in reserves. That same year, CCA gave money to every sitting city council member, according to journalist Hillel Aron.

In 2011, Los Angeles Downtown News ranked Schatz the sixth most powerful person in downtown.

Above Schatz in ranking are people she may call friends."

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 09:54 AM

10. spectacular article! explains everything clearly. I did not know who the CCA was. This clearly calls

for us to act at city council. Lauren's notes are excellent at the end.
Thank-you.

how about some sort of law that every dollar spent on development by CCA affiliates triggers 1% in expenditures to house the homeless..something like that? how about every penny given to city council triggers an equal donation to an organization for the homeless created up by city council?
We have 80,000 homeless and 13,000 beds available in LA.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 11:30 AM

11. Great article, huh? I talked a bit about the CCA in my last Skid Row post

 

but this is the real explanation.

Skid Row members tell me that housing weren't accepting any new applications for the last five months, that they are full of bedbugs (saying their tents are not so why would they want to trade down) and that although sometimes housing say they have air conditioning and heating, they may not power them in order to save money. There are people on the row taking government money for the homeless and not following through.

It's simply terrible.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:54 PM

20. Fire, if you are in touch with the people there, a friend had a great idea today.

I told him the story of your OP, and said we need to go to city hall. And he said no, that's not how to do it.
he said do you know about the nuns on the bus? he knows some of them. he said The reason we know that story is because they called al jazeera English, who covered what happened, and it went worldwide quickly. If they can get al jazeera English to cover what is happening, the pressure on city hall will be 1000 times stronger than if we go down and protest......
I thought he had a great point.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:14 PM

22. Occupiers went to City Hall to testify against the new restrictions

Occupy L.A. appreciates the importance of media coverage, and has a committee to deal with that. When MSM media are absent and (frequently) out to lunch, citizen journalists take up the slack by livestreaming Occupy actions.

"Nuns on the bus" had some great news angles and articulate and charismatic reps to appear on MSM. The L.A. Skid Row actions don't have the media advantages that the nuns have, so that may be a false equivalence.

Still, you're on the right track, Robin. I hope to meet you at one of the Occupy L.A. actions one day. So far, I've met Fire, U4ikLefty, Mr. & Mrs. coalition unwilling, ellisonz, and Zhade...and I'm looking to up my score.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #22)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:23 PM

23. yes. pls let me know if there is another occupy at city hall about this issue. I will be glad

to meet you there. I haven't been active because of some big family problems, so I am out of the loop, but if there is another and I can go that day, I would love to. Thanks for what you do!!!!!

how did it go at CIty Hall?

re nuns: but I didn't know that al jazeera is how the nuns got coverage. Did you?
This info came from the nuns....
i.e. it is one major news channel which may be interested!

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #23)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:52 PM

25. Fire is more plugged-in than I am

I live in Antelope Valley, so it's a 2-hour Metrolink train ride just to get to Union Station. I get down there when I can, but it's usually an all-day trip just to be at a short demonstration.

The OLA website is one source to check to find out what's happening (and their twitterstream is where you can really find the latest news and livestream links). http://occupylosangeles.org/

If you're on FB, friend Patti Beers to get announcements and invitations to current actions. I haven't met her yet, but she is great!

Sometimes a few of us DUers will contact each other by PM or email to coordinate on our plans to be there for a major event. For me, joining with other DUers in our Occupy L.A. actions just makes it all the more special. What a GREAT bunch we have here! I have truly enjoyed meeting and working with them.

I'm sorry about your family problems and hope things are going better now. If you need a support group, I can't think of a better one than our local DU Occupiers. Damn, we're good!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:12 AM

30. I'm sorry. I don't want to write about it in public right now. My Mom has dementia and is

being isolated and taken advantage of by a family member and I am in court to stop it. It is not quick or easy. I'm a bundle of nerves. but when she is safe I'll get back to life. The whole thing is my fault. A mistake I made.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #20)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:51 AM

27. That's a superb idea. I'll pass that along!

 

I'm so sorry about your family troubles. I hope that they resolve quickly and painlessly!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #27)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:14 AM

31. Apparently the nuns called al jazeera english and that is how the story started being told.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 11:47 AM

12. Taking another look at my OP, I see that it is not clear.

 

I'm seriously overextending myself and I'm exhuasted...wanting to get this posted in a timely manner has not helped its content.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:55 PM

21. hey, your OP educated me! I already told someone else the story today. he will tell someone else.

I would call that a good OP!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:16 PM

18. Last Fall, the TV daytime drama show, " The Bold and Beautiful" did several shows on LA Homeless.

http://www.tvguide.com/news/bold-beautiful-hires-1024682.aspx

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In these days of crippling budget cuts, it's pretty damn remarkable that The Bold and the Beautiful went down to L.A.'s Skid Row and hired some 25 real-life homeless people to tell their life stories on camera. The sequences, airing October 28-29, are part of a plot that has Beverly Hills matron Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) battling stage 4 lung cancer and using what time she has left to help those who have nothing. The soap's exec producer-head writer Brad Bell, who has hired an additional 30 homeless to appear as extras, swears he won't be dropping this storyline anytime soon. In fact, it'll be an integral part of the show's holiday season. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the B&B boss man about his groundbreaking plot and where it goes from here.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:34 AM

29. Wow. I'm floored. Thank you for sharing that, I'll pass it around.

 

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:21 PM

13. The Jones settlement is linked in this excellent, related article:

 

State Violence Increases as Occupiers Lay Siege to Perfect Villain

http://ryanricela.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/arrests-and-terror-at-626wilshire/

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:51 PM

14. Do you live in Skid Row

I agree there is a better solution than this command and control bull; but let me ask all of you something.... do any of you live in Skid Row and deal with the daily filth and drug dealing? Do any of you have the same problems as we do? I witness the prostitution, drug use, disreguard for sanitation and disease every night! do any of you?

I want change for ALL of us living here, but why should I have to live if filth because of an outsiders view? I support the CCA in their actions.

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Response to bdread (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:47 AM

26. Welcome to DU, and goodbye!

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:38 PM

15. Side note - CCA = Central City Association of Los Angeles

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Response to pinto (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:25 PM

24. whihc, according to the article, is a lobbyist group funded by developers and big business, and

contributes money to city council members.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:47 PM

17. On the issue of discarded syringes - CA's paraphernalia laws have been changed.

Used sharps can be legally returned for safe disposal to any Public Health entity, Syringe Exchange Program, pharmacy, etc. All SEP's in my experience will accept and dispose of used syringes, no questions asked.

Perhaps some enterprising Public Health employee or SEP member could come up with a secure "one way" sharps drop-off container that could be left out and retrieved for disposal on a regular basis.

Would seems a simple, realistic approach to the very real health hazards that discarded, used syringes pose.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:10 AM

28. Masks and hazmat looking suits for powerwashing sidewalks?

 

ah syringes and stuff. Guess it is too easy to not spend the same money on housing. Sad.

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Response to clang1 (Reply #28)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:27 PM

32. Some people can get staph infections but this is easily treatable.

 

The worst illness on the Row is having walking pneumonia and not knowing it.

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