Category Archives: Homelessness

Homeless Were Set to Come to the Palisades Recreation Center: What Happened?

On March 20, Councilman Mike Bonin announced that Mayor Eric Garcetti had ordered the use of 42 city recreation centers to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness. Five of the facilities were on the Westside, including the Palisades Recreation Center (but … Continue reading

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NIMBYISM Is Not Behind Pacific Palisades Reaction to Rec Centers

(Editor’s note: After I posted a story about Palisades residents questioning the safety of residents and homeless if Rec Centers were to be used for the homeless, I received at least 10 angry responses from people outside of Pacific Palisades … Continue reading

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LETTER: Resident Asks City Not to House Homeless in Rec Centers

(Editor’s note: the following letter was sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mike Bonin, Pacific Palisades Senior Lead Officer and Carol Sanborn, who is the fundraising chair for the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness.) During our COVID-19 health crisis, … Continue reading

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LETTER–Pacific Palisades Resident Association Asks Questions about Homeless in Rec Center

(Editor’s note: The March 22 letter to City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Commissioner Joe Halper, regarding the use of Palisades Recreation Center as a homeless shelter, was shared with Circling the News. The letter was also … Continue reading

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Pacific Palisades Recreation Center Will Help House the Homeless in Citywide Response to Coronavirus 

This afternoon (March 20) Councilman Mike Bonin sent the following email to constituents in Council District 11: “Dear Friends, “As part of a continuing effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered the use of … Continue reading

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LAPD Officer John “Rusty” Redican Offers Thoughts on Homeless

By JOHN REDICAN (Editor’s note: After two different homeless fires in the bluffs of Pacific Palisade came close to wiping out entire sections of the town, a different tactic was used in dealing with the homelessness here. In addition to … Continue reading

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Crime Report and a Letter from a Resident about Our “Small Town”

One resident wrote Circling the News in a February 9 email, “Last night as my husband and I walked along Sunset into town at 7 p.m. to have dinner, we came across a homeless man with no pants on who … Continue reading

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Helping the Mentally Ill Homeless Is a Money Game

Why does society allow people who are obviously mentally ill to live on the streets? These people forage for food, lack adequate sanitation resources and sleep on sidewalks. They often talk to themselves and shout at voices that rack their … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Annual Homeless Count Keeps Reiterating the Dire Need for Overdue Services

  I participated in the 2020 Homeless Count early this past week in Pacific Palisades. I have participated since 2015, the first year it was conducted here. Although the official numbers are generally not released until later this spring, anecdotally it … Continue reading

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 Palisades Task Force on Homelessness to Address Mental Health Issues at Upcoming Meeting

  The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness will host a community forum to address “The Demedicalization of Mental Illness: Have Changing Attitudes about Mental Illness Allowed People to Languish on the Streets?” Dr. Joel T. Braslow will discuss the … Continue reading

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