On March 31, without alerting neighborhoods in City Council District 11, Councilmen Mike Bonin and Mark Ridley-Thomas sent the following motion (Council File 21-0350).
The proposal seeks to provide temporary-style housing for the homeless at several sites, including Will Rogers State Beach, Dockweiler Beach, Westchester Park and Mar Vista Park.
The motion, which is listed as number five on the agenda, will be heard by the City Council Homelessness & Poverty Committee at a virtual meeting at 10 a.m. this Thursday. The audio for this meeting will be broadcast live on the internet at https://clerk.lacity.org/calendar.
Residents who want to offer public comment on any agenda item should call 669-254-5252, use Meeting ID No. 160 431 9380 and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak.
Members of the Council Committee include Chair Ridley-Thomas and councilmembers Kevin De Leon, Joe Buscaino, Monica Rodriguez and Nithya Raman.
Pacific Palisades Community Council president David Card and other officers plan to register their opposition to the use of beaches and public parks for homeless housing. At the last two PPCC meetings, more than 400 people attended virtually and gave unanimous support to keeping the beaches open for all residents of Los Angeles County.
All residents who would like to comment on this motion are urged to do so.
The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness sent a public comment regarding Bonin’s motion on April 8. The letter stated:
“Consistent with our mission to address the destructive consequences of homelessness in Pacific Palisades, PPTFH supports tangible efforts to implement compassionate and effective solutions, services and access to permanent supportive housing for our homeless people that also ensure the continued protection and wellbeing of our community.
“While we appreciate Councilman Bonin’s continued focus on this issue, we do not believe that this motion, as written, adequately supports these goals nor provides an effective solution. PPTFH looks forward to engaging further in this important conversation while continuing to take an active leadership role in responding to this growing social crisis. We invite all interested parties to work with us to identify and implement viable and effective solutions.”