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Is it time for LA to start arresting people living on the street once again?




Tents house the homeless on a street, November 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Tents house the homeless on a street, November 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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More than a decade ago, Los Angeles officials agreed to allow people to spend the night on streets until the city builds enough homeless housing.

This spring, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched plans to spend at least $20 million on new shelters and cleanups to stop homeless encampments. The city’s efforts seemed to have paid off. Reports show enough housing has been built to clean up tent cities and move homeless people off the streets.

But Mayor Garcetti says even though the city has had the legal right to arrest people living on the street since 2015, still it has no plans to use that right and enforce the law.

So what do you think, should Los Angeles start removing people off the streets? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Carol Sobel, a civil rights attorney who has represented LA's homeless in federal courts

Christian Wrede, a founding member of Fight Back Venice, a neighborhood group