Neighborhoods FIRST Meeting Update - No Overnight Parking Signs
Posted by Councilmember Englander on November 03, 2017 at 4:00 PM
This week, street signs establishing new parking restrictions were placed in key locations across the Chatsworth-Northridge Industrial Corridor. The issue of individuals living out of their vehicles has been a growing concern for District 12 ever since January when the City Council made changes to the City's vehicle dwelling ordinance (LAMC 85.02) which stated that individuals were only allowed to live out of their vehicles in commercial areas.
I voted against this change because our district has the largest contiguous commercial zone and would therefore be disproportionately impacted by the change. Amending the ordinance also did nothing to address the root causes of homelessness.
In response to this influx of individuals living out of vehicles into the Northwest Valley, my Neighborhoods FIRST initiative has kicked into high gear. My office has moved aggressively to address the public health and safety impacts encampments and vehicle dwelling by funding additional overtime for the LAPD HOPE team, Sanitation crews, parking enforcement, and by opening new storage lot capacity for abandoned vehicles.
We still have a long way to go when it comes to reducing the number of people living on the streets in unsafe, unsanitary conditions but I'm determined to continue tackling the issue so that the current crisis never becomes the status quo.
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