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Checking In On Venice Following Several Incidents And Outcry Over Local Leaders’ Handling Of Homelessness




Los Angeles Police Department officers wrestle a knife away from a person experiencing homelessness during an event with Los Angeles City Council Member and mayoral candidate Joe Buscaino at Venice Beach on June 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Police Department officers wrestle a knife away from a person experiencing homelessness during an event with Los Angeles City Council Member and mayoral candidate Joe Buscaino at Venice Beach on June 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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An unhoused woman pulled a knife out during a public event for City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, who has launched his bid for mayor. The incident happened on the Venice boardwalk and it’s not the only event like this to happen in the community.

Community members say they’re fed up with how local government is handling homelessness and that the problem continues to escalate. Councilmember Mike Bonin, whose district includes Venice, has proposed temporary campsites at local parks, but the move has resulted in swift backlash. Many argue not enough is being done to shelter those living unhoused. Today on AirTalk, we check in on what’s happening in Venice and how it’s impacting community members. We also want to hear from you. Are you an unhoused Angeleno or resident living in Venice? What’s your experience? What are your thoughts? Call 866-893-5722.  

Guest:

Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times columnist who’s been writing about homelessness in Venice; he tweets @LATstevelopez