In the midst of an ongoing political fight over how to effectively handle the homeless problem affecting the seaside town, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took a public tour of Venice on Tuesday.
The first time we saw Garcetti visit the region amid this situation was on Tuesday. He was spotted strolling up and down the Venice Boardwalk, which has been a source of worry for locals owing to an uptick in violence.
“Countless times to Venice since I’ve been mayor, and regularly during this crisis, I mean I can’t tell you how many times during the pandemic specifically, but to me, this is not about a press conference, it’s about placements, people and housing.” Garcetti shared when asked how many times he’s been there.
Given that the jurisdiction is uncertain as to whose concern this is, the topic has sparked a lot of debate. Councilman Mike Bonin is in charge of the neighborhood, and he has blamed a lack of resources and government money for delaying significant reform.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva of Los Angeles County shared that the mayor is one of the architects of failure in handling the homeless problem in Venice.
“For a long time, I’ve had ideas in the works. We’d get things done if we had the money and people quit obstructing their way “ during an exclusive May interview, Bonin stated.
Bonin has now started an outreach campaign to address the problem’s escalation. Outreach teams are starting to provide housing and mental health resources to individuals suffering homelessness along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
According to Villanueva, his deputies have secured lodging for at least 15 individuals, but the boardwalk is home to an estimated 200 people.
The initial financing was set at $5 million, but for economic and procedural reasons, the LA City Council had to postpone the decision until July 1.
“What is the most common local government failure, both at the county and municipal levels? Why does every metric come up short? Every year, the issue becomes more and worse because the city and county have chosen not to control public space. If public space is not regulated, it will be filled by someone from someplace “During a news conference last week, the sheriff said.
Residents of the oceanside encampment will be given the option of accepting the offer or relocating. Bonin’s proposal varies from that of Sheriff Villanueva, who has criticized several of the initiatives aimed at addressing LA’s homeless problem.
Sheriff Villanueva said he doesn’t want to be in Venice, but that municipal and county authorities have failed the community, residents, visitors, and the homeless, so he’s stepping in to take things into his own hands.