‘Deadly’ homeless campsite at Venice Beach finally shut down after dreadful murder

Jano le Roux

Years of anger, three shootings, several more violent assaults, and hundreds of complaints about dirty beaches filled with needles and trash later, the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk in Los Angeles County was eventually cleaned up.

Workers completed phase one of the Venice Beach cleaning, which is the simplest step, and urged the homeless people to move to shelters.

Venice Beach homeless campsite in Los Angeles county finally shut down after dreadful murder.Twitter / C Cristi

Los Angeles County sanitation workers can be seen loading their vehicles with huge bags of trash and debris that have been left behind. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers who were meant to be present, according to the article, never showed up.

The city has distributed flyers across the beach detailing a five-week plan to restore regular beach hours, as well as a major cleaning effort, according to the Times. Overnight camping will be banned under the new hours.

Over 200 tents were built on the beachfront during the epidemic, exacerbating an already volatile situation that locals say has been escalating for years.

Even Johnny Rotten, the erstwhile anarchist leader of the Sex Pistols, was pushed to his limits by the homeless population in Venice.

Los Angeles County Deputies detaining homeless man on Venice Beach.Twitter / Venice Beach Boardwalk

An expected crackdown by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers never occurred as the cleaning effort got started. On Wednesday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva pulled down remarks that were widely perceived as a threat to arrest anybody remaining on the beachfront by July 4. In a news conference, Villanueva said that he was expressing a wish, not a timetable.

As the outreach started, deputies from the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team, who had been patrolling the boardwalk earlier in June, remained away.

The main organization in the encampment-to-housing program, St. Joseph Center, reported that 72 individuals had departed Ocean Front Walk, the concrete promenade known as the boardwalk in Los Angeles County, and the earthen berm next to it, where approximately 200 tents had gathered, on Friday morning. The first focus was on tents strewn over the boardwalk between Windward Avenue and Park Court on the south end. Three people have been put in permanent housing, according to the organization, but the whereabouts of the others are unknown.

Twitter / Venice Is Dying

City and county officials, homeless assistance organizations, and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles all reacted angrily to the threat, calling arrests of homeless people “equally destructive and pointless.”

Take a look at what happened on June 26:

Following that, 18 deputies strolled the boardwalk in a media blitz that turned out to be more of a publicity stunt than a crackdown. The HOST team, which was reinforced by mental health deputies, spoke with homeless individuals and encouraged them to see St. Joseph outreach workers, issuing no fines or making any arrests.

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