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Returning Public Spaces to Public Use


This week, Council District 12 Councilmember John Lee introduced the first in a set of resolutions designating specified areas for enforcement against sitting, lying, sleeping, or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property, or otherwise obstructing the public right-of-way. These locations include Petit Park (Granada Hills Recreation Center), Rinaldi Park, Shadow Ranch Park, Northridge Park, Dearborn St. Park, Chatsworth Library, and Dearborn St. Elementary School. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) outreach teams will begin or continue outreach to the unhoused residents in these areas, offering assistance and connection to services. Councilmember John Lee fully supports the use of the enforcement components of this city ordinance as a tool to ensure the safety, accessibility, and availability of our streets and public spaces for all residents, and encourages the development of a robust prevention strategy that addresses some of the root causes of homelessness, including mental illness and substance abuse.


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