Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday targeted County Sheriff Alex Villanueva as the political battle for the best fight against the homeless crisis continues in the city’s Venice neighborhood.
Earlier this month, Villanueva called Garcetti and all five county supervisors “architects of failure” for blocking LAPD’s efforts to prevent people from settling on the beach and sidewalk.
“I’m not going to meet the sheriff, I’m going to meet him here,” Garcetti said in Venice on Tuesday. “If he doesn’t want to hold press conferences, but he wants to get results, we put in more people yesterday than he did during the week. And one thing he could ask, where was he? It’s throwing rocks around. not about. “
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The sheriff had dertanti working groups with the homeless recently separated an area near the beach that has worried residents and businesses alike due to the recent rise in crime – to Venice to address the influx of homeless people on the roof of Venice. Officials said there were shootings, fights, harassment, arson and more events associated with settlements.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff is urging leaders to declare a state of emergency over the homeless crisis.
At a press conference last week, Villanueva asked the county board to declare a state of emergency to combat the homelessness crisis in the region. With the declaration, the county could apply for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Do I want to be in Venice? Absolutely not,” Villanueva said during a news conference. “Should I be there? Yes, because the system, the way it is installed, and the architects of this failed plan are forcing us to behave differently.”
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Tuesday was the first time Acesparks 11 Garcetti saw this homeless man travel to Venice during the crisis. He saw her rise from the famous board and go down.
“I’m here, I’ve been here a bit, I just don’t call the press when I do this,” Garcetti told Acesparks 11 reporter Sandra Endo.
When asked to give the exact number of Garcetti’s visits, he said he had been “countless times” as mayor of Venice and “regularly during the crisis.”
“I mean, I can’t tell you exactly how many times during an illness, but for me, it’s not about the press conference, it’s about the locations, the people and the housing,” he added.
As the most populous state in the nation, California has the highest number of homeless people – about 161,000.
According to Villanueva, her deputies found accommodation in at least 15 of the 200 people estimated in the film.
Acesparks reporters Evie Fordham and Louis Cassiano contributed to the incident.