PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Opposes Far-Reaching Encampment Ban

Los Angeles -- In remarks delivered on the Council floor, Councilmember David Ryu urged his colleagues to withhold support for an anti-encampment proposal, and instead focus City resources on building housing and services for those experiencing homelessness. The proposal aims to replace Municipal Code 41.18, which was struck down in federal court, and includes a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting on the sidewalk within 500 feet of a park, school or daycare, among others. The proposal discussed today now heads back to the Homelessness & Poverty Committee for further review.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 24, 2019

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Councilmember Ryu Opposes Far-Reaching Encampment Ban

Los Angeles -- In remarks delivered on the Council floor, Councilmember David Ryu urged his colleagues to withhold support for an anti-encampment proposal, and instead focus City resources on building housing and services for those experiencing homelessness. The proposal aims to replace Municipal Code 41.18, which was struck down in federal court, and includes a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting on the sidewalk within 500 feet of a park, school or daycare, among others. The proposal discussed today now heads back to the Homelessness & Poverty Committee for further review.

“I’m tired of wasting time and money on laws we can’t enforce and lawsuits we can’t win,” Councilmember Ryu said. “We have to be willing to admit that only homes and services can solve homelessness, and we should be focusing our limited time and resources on those solutions, rather than the myth that you can enforce people into housing. It’s time we level with people here - we do not have enough beds. Until we do, these draconian proposals are a waste of the taxpayers money and a waste of law enforcement’s time.”

Councilmember Ryu said that though he can understand simple rules keeping tents away from schools and from blocking the public right-of-way, complex proposals would be almost impossible to enforce, and sink more money into false solutions. In his remarks, Councilmember Ryu called for a “FEMA-like response” with the City’s primary focus on getting people into housing.

Read Councilmember Ryu’s remarks here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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