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Homelessness town hall meeting scheduled for tonight in Venice

A Chevy Van and an RV serve as homes in Venice
A Chevy Van and an RV serve as homes in Venice
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Homelessness is the topic of a town hall forum scheduled for tonight in Venice. The agenda is packed.

Homelessness is a hot topic in Venice. It got hotter after more than a dozen RVs dumped last month at least 100 gallons of human waste on Venice streets.

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called the meeting to bring down the temperature. He’s invited Police Chief Charlie Beck to talk about public safety efforts, and staff from the City Attorney’s Office to discuss the rights of people who live in campers and cars, and those who live in houses.

Rosendahl says they’ll also talk about a program to help move people from streets to homes. "Our goal is to find locations where a camper can go," says Roendahl, "where it isn’t illegal and they can get a good night sleep, but we’ll also do wrap-around services with the hope of moving them out of that car and camper into housing and also into jobs."

L.A. City transportation officials will explain an ordinance in the works that will restrict the parking of oversized vehicles overnight. And the public will have a chance to comment.

The Town Hall forum begins at 7 p.m. at Westminster Elementary School on Abbott Kinney Boulevard.