Conservative actor weighs in on the demise of Venice Beach,
Conservative actor James Woods declared “all of Los Angeles County is like this now,” referring to a story detailing the demise of Venice Beach, California.
“There are some pockets of respite, but L.A. is gone,” Woods declared.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated:
“Today I visited the Venice Boardwalk again to view the failures of local politicians in regard to the homeless crisis.”
“Tomorrow the @LASDHQ Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) will be assessing Venice in order to triage the crisis and develop an action plan to compassionately offer services while employing common sense in the regulation of public space within Los Angeles County.” (Click Here)
“The sheriff said the goal was to clear the area of homeless encampments by July 4,” KTLA reported.
Mike Bonin who represents the area including Venice Beach reacted angrily to Villanueva stating the obvious:
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“He didn’t call to offer services or housing, which would help. He went on a PR blitz, promising his own notorious brand of justice. To anyone familiar with Villanueva and LASD, that’s incredibly ominous.”
Alex Villanueva deployed deputies to Venice’s Ocean Front Walk
He told KTLA:
“Our homeless outreach service team has been working for eight years breaking up homeless encampments throughout L.A. County in areas you typically don’t see.”
“They were out there on the boardwalk actually talking to the homeless and trying to assess the situation of each individual … They’re doing the job that the City of L.A., Mike Bonnin refused to do in his own district.”
“The only people who are upset are the political establishment who are responsible for doing nothing.”
“If you survey the residents of Venice right now, they are jumping for joy that something is finally happening.”
KTLA noted, “At last count, there were nearly 2,000 homeless people in Venice, according to a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority count done in January 2020 that found more than 41,000 unhoused people citywide.”
Spectrum News reported that “about 24 fires a day in the city of Los Angeles start in homeless encampments, and they account for more than half of the fires LAFD responds to.”
Fox News reported in May:
“The city as a whole is grappling with a homeless crisis that has only worsened in recent years. Over five years, the homeless population has increased by half, according to a January report released by the Luskin Center for History and Policy at the University of California in Los Angeles.” (Click to Source)
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