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LA City Council Voted Against Loosening Car Impounding Restrictions




The Los Angeles Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau have partnered to raise awareness of
The Los Angeles Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau have partnered to raise awareness of "bandit" tow truck operators who tow cars away from accident scenes claiming to be affiliated with insurance providers and hold cars for hefty ransoms.
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Skyrocketing rents and stagnant wages have left California in an unprecedented housing crisis.

There are about 60,000 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles alone, of which 16,500 live out of their vehicles.

On Tuesday, Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) proposed a bill in Sacramento that would prevent cities from impounding cars that have received five or more unpaid parking tickets or registration that is six months out of date.

Supporters of AB-516 argue that those who are forced to live out of their cars miss ticket and registration payments because they cannot afford them, rather than out of neglect.

The City Council, who opposed the bill on a 12-1 vote, made the argument that there are mechanisms for homeless individuals to retrieve their cars if they are towed, like working off their fees.

We hear both sides of the debate and want to hear from you.

Have you had to live out of your car and had it impounded? Or have impounding fees been too expensive for you to afford to retrieve your car?

Call us at 866-893-5722 to weigh in.

Guests:

Chris Roth, community organizer with Ground Game Los Angeles, a not-for-profit organization that builds civic engagement in Los Angeles; he is also running for the California State Assembly in 2020; he tweets @RothforAD53

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the 8th District, which encompasses parts of South Los Angeles and spans from Baldwin Hills to the border of Watts; he opposes the bill; he tweets @mhdcd8

Richard Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association