Category Archives: Homelessness

Fire at Chautauqua Extinguished; Transient Arrested

A fire was set near a “Restricted Entry” Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone at the corner of Chautauqua and PCH this morning around 9:45 a.m. According to people on the scene, L.A. County Sheriffs were on their way to … Continue reading

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Venice Beach Camper Count Ticks Up as Nightime Enforcement Ends

Circling the News joined Venice Stakeholders Association leader Mark Ryavec at 6 a.m. on August 21 for a walk at Venice Beach, from north Venice Avenue to Rose Avenue. He weekly walks the route to track the homeless population. That … Continue reading

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Ballona Ecological System Is Becoming Overwhelmed with RV Garbage and Human Waste

The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, located in Playa Vista, is an approximately 600-acre protected area owned by the State of California and managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Now it is in the process of being destroyed by … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Versions: Councilman Mike Bonin and the Venice Stakeholders Association

According to the August 5 L.A. Times Editorial (“Homeless People on Venice Beach Got Interim Housing. Can’t This Happen All Over the City?”): “Over the course of six weeks, service providers aided by local officials moved 211 homeless people who … Continue reading

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Marina del Rey Leader Issues Statement Opposing Homeless Shelters at Busy Parking Lot

(Editor’s note: Responding to Councilmen Mike Bonin and Mark Ridley-Thomas’ motion to place the homeless at Will Rogers and Dockweiler Beaches, Westchester and Mar Vista Parks, the L.A. Westside Municipal Building, LAX, Marina del Rey Boat Ramp, Dockweiler RV Park … Continue reading

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A Local Victory: City Beaches and Parks Are Not Feasible to House Homeless

The City of L.A.’s Chief Administrative Officer recommended on Tuesday that the city not pursue tiny homes or safe camping sites at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, or at a … Continue reading

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Homeless Woman in Venice Files Suit Against Nearby Neighbors

(Editor’s note: This is an August 10 Westside Current story that may be of interest to Pacific Palisades residents, who would like homeless people living in vehicles to be moved from his/her street. It is reprinted with permission.)   A … Continue reading

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Lessons from Echo Park Lake Confrontation Include Costs and the Role of the Media

(Editor’s note: A CTN reader sent me a link to a 101-page Echo Park Rehabilitation After Action Report, compiled by the L.A. Police Department. The report has a lot of statistics and money figures — and speaks about how LAPD … Continue reading

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Homeless Encampments Scare Away Kids and Seniors at the Westchester Recreation Center 

  This photo was taken in 2019 at the Senior Center located between the swimming pool and the library at Westchester Park. The room was filled with seniors. On July 19, Circling the News walked around the senior center, which was … Continue reading

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Mar Vista Residents Oppose Using Public Parks for Homeless

Parks Need to Be Returned to Children and Seniors (Editor’s note: In May, Councilman Mike Bonin proposed turning two well-used City parks, Westchester and Mar Vista, two beach parking lots, Will Rogers and Dockweiler, into sites to house homeless people. … Continue reading

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