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http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/11/lo...crisis.php

LA Creating Safe Parking For People Who Live in Their Cars

With a potentially punishing El Niño predicted to hit SoCal with lots of precipitation this winter and 26,000 people homeless in Los Angeles, the LA City Council has approved a set of measures aimed at helping get people off the streets, at least temporarily—allowing people who live in their cars to park their vehicles overnight in certain parking lots and opening some public buildings as temporary shelters. Public buildings that could be considered for use as seasonal shelters include "vacant municipal structures" or "park facilities," but ultimately would be selected by councilmembers, a rep for Councilmember Mike Bonin (who co-authored the motion) told Reuters.

The LA Times says that the city has fairly regularly declared a "shelter crisis" from November 1 to March 31; the declaration of a shelter crisis allows for public buildings to be opened as temporary shelters. But the City Council also asked that the end date for the shelter crisis be extended "further into the spring" and didn't set an end date. The Council also wants to find more public buildings to open to the homeless during this time. (The city has also declared a "state of emergency" for the homelessness crisis in general.)
The Safe Parking Program would allow people who live in cars to park in designated lots and would likely be modeled after a program in Santa Barbara, highlighted in the City Attorney's report for the City Council. That program puts limits on the number of RVs or vehicles per parking lot, establishes permit requirements for people using the lots, and also sets up restrooms on-site. However, Bonin told the Times that it's not too likely that the parking program will be put in place before the end of the year.
The City Council voted unanimously in favor of adopting the measures but is expected to take a final vote in about two weeks.
Much needs to be done to address the issue. It appears as though steps are being taken. Hopefully the drive to help those in need will overcome the "not in our city" mentality. Unfortunately Californias budget crisis may derail any meaningful progress but let us hope they'll help as many as they can.
(11-18-2015, 08:45 PM)GotSmart Wrote: [ -> ]http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/11/lo...crisis.php

LA Creating Safe Parking For People Who Live in Their Cars

This is excellent news and long overdue.

In addition to the restrooms on-site, storage units would be good for people to store some of their possessions they don't use all the time like extra clothing, tools etc.

Hopefully a few more cities will pick up on this idea.
Hopefully a lot more than a few.
Especially in COLD country.
I have a better idea;

How about eliminating the law(s) about sleeping in your legally-bought and registered/insured vehicle, on the streets that your taxes paid for anyway, which is a 'public' place with no reasonable expectation of privacy in the first place? Free country anyone?

With 26,000 people on the street, I think it's time that everyone stop waiting for the politicians to, yet again, provide the answer for the condition they caused in the first place!

Rant over, I know there is no hope...
Key words in the announcement---Establishes permit requirements. You can imagine what those will be. You'll have to have a rabies shot, rectal exam, surrender any assets you may have, pass a background check, attend reeducation classes, disavow any thoughts you may have had or are now having about government intrusion into your life. You must have your papers on you at all times. You must attend classes on how to assimilate into society. Armbands must be worn at all times. Hair must be clean and worn in an approved manner. Searches can and will be held of you and your vehicle at any time. No over night visitors, no visitors not on the approved list. Computer and electronic devices must be turned in on arrival and may or may not be returned if you decide to leave. No alcohol, drugs or unapproved reading material. Mental health evaluations are mandatory. Samples of body fluids and DNA will be required. You may only bring in foodstuffs that are on the site approved list. You must fill out job applications and be ready to accept any position offered. Am I forgetting anything?
Yes! Vaccinations!
What about gps tracking chip implants? Probably not mandatory in any other state, but we are talking about CA after all.
On a semi serious note, what are your thoughts on bringing back the WPA? The infrastucture in CA could use some serious work. Many folks may want work but what are the chances that they can find any? Those that subscribe to the views that most of us here have (less work = more living) would probably not be looking to be in any place provided by some government sponsered program anyhow. Many folks however would like nothing more than a job to be able to provide the things thier family needs. Maybe i'm out to lunch...just thinking out loud.
(11-19-2015, 03:44 PM)Sabatical Wrote: [ -> ]What about gps tracking chip implants? Probably not mandatory in any other state, but we are talking about CA after all.
On a semi serious note, what are your thoughts on bringing back the WPA? The infrastucture in CA could use some serious work. Many folks may want work but what are the chances that they can find any? Those that subscribe to the views that most of us here have (less work = more living) would probably not be looking to be in any place provided by some government sponsered program anyhow. Many folks however would like nothing more than a job to be able to provide the things thier family needs. Maybe i'm out to lunch...just thinking out loud.

That is needed everywhere.  NYC comes to mind.
Illinois as well. I'm sure the list would be long if one was made.
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