Last week, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino accused neighboring cities of enforcing "unconstitutional laws... to push people experiencing homelessness out of a town and across the border into Los Angeles."
The councilmen filed a motion calling on the L.A. Homeless Services Authority, city attorney's office and other relevant offices to investigate fellow cities' compliance with a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling out of Boise, Idaho last September. They also asked the city attorney's office to explore legal actions in an effort to compel fellow cities to quickly build more homeless shelters amid a worsening crisis.
In that court ruling, federal judges said homeless people cannot be forced off the streets if cities are not providing shelter as an alternative. But while L.A. has taken steps to comply with the ruling, Buscaino and Bonin said many neighboring cities have not — and that's creating an even bigger burden on L.A.
Read more of Ryan Fonseca’s LAist article here.
*We reached out to Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino who were unable to join due to scheduling conflicts.*
Matt Tinoco, housing and homelessness reporter for KPCC
Sam Agaiby, a captain from the Culver City Police Department
Aurelio Mattucci, Councilman, City of Torrance
Laura Emdee, City Councilwoman, City of Redondo Beach