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Debating LA’s revamped proposal to ban homeless living in vehicles

 A skater passes a van where a homeless person is sleeping July 13, 2004 in Venice, California.
A skater passes a van where a homeless person is sleeping July 13, 2004 in Venice, California.
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Homeless people in L.A. who sleep in their cars may have to find somewhere else to rest their heads at night.

The Los Angeles City Council is considering reinstating a ban on people living in their vehicles. City attorney Mike Feuer lays out two options in a letter to members of city council: one reinstates the ban that a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel of judges struck down last year, but with a tighter definition of “living in a vehicle” that Feuer says will satisfy the court. The other is a revised version of the ban, and prohibits people from sleeping on city streets unless they have a permit through the city.

Supporters of the ban say it’s necessary to prevent these vehicles from parking overnight on residential streets, creating trash, and causing trouble. Opponents say it’s too harsh on the homeless, and that they can’t just create a ban and expect the city’s homeless problem to go away.

Do you support the city’s ordinances the way they are currently written? If not, what do you think is a better way to deal with the issue of homeless living in vehicles?


Mark Ryavec, President of the Venice Stakeholders’ Association, an organization dedicated to civic improvement in Venice Beach.

Steve Clare, Executive Director, Venice Community Housing Corporation, nonprofit housing and community development organization serving low-income residents in the Westside of Los Angeles