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Some Successfully Oppose Proposed City Ordinance To Shut Down Community Group-Homes

"Social-Service Mafia" or "Compassionate And Concerned Individuals And Groups From Across The Social Spectrum Of Los Angeles"? You Decide. Ralley Saves Hundreds Of Homeless.

As reported on KTLA Channel 5 News, an attempt on Wednesday, Jan. 30, by L.A. City Council to outlaw "group homes" and dump untold numbers of low-income seniors, veterans, handicapped, and other underprivileged  persons back onto the streets  - swelling the numbers of unhoused in L.A. - was protested by a broad coalition of social, civic and religious groups who packed the CIty Council Chambers and spilled over onto the streets surrounding L.A.City Hall.

According to the report, "hundreds of people rallied" in opposition to the proposed ordinance - known as "The Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO)". 

As a result, after more than two hours of intense and impassioned discussion, the Council voted to suspend the vote and send both the proposed ordinance, and revisions suggested by those in opposition, to The Housing Committee and other review committees for further study  and to assess progress in 90 days. 

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl spoke passionately and eloquently about his own military service and his current sponsorship of the soon-to-be-opened Venice Transitional Living Center (which will provide temporary housing and services to over 120 unhoused people at a time as they move through the burocratic maze on their way to permanent low-income housing), stating that "the homeless are people too"  to the thunderous applause of those in the  packed Chamber, and the crowds in the streets listening to the Council discussion over loud speakers. Councilman Rosendahl encouraged his fellow council-members to seek real, meaningful and compassionate solutions.

The News Report stated : "Wednesday’s demonstrators were part of a citywide coalition of 151 organizations representing business, labor, faith, poor, veterans, disabled, and homeless.", and reported the following comments by some participating in the rally :

  • “ 'CCFO wants to shut us down. We have nowhere else to go. They’re going to put us in the street,' said Victoria Garcia, 24, who is homeless college student. Garcia said if CCFO passing, she will not have a place to sleep."
  • 'If you enact this motion, what you will do is drive the people onto the street', another demonstrator said.

 

Inside the chambers, members of the city council heard from numerous critics. "Many working families, especially veterans, will be negatively impacted if it is implemented," one woman said.

While all agreed that there had been some problems with  overcrowding, noise and disruption at some of the neighborhood group-homes, there was equal agreement that simply outlawing them was not the solution and would only lead to a worsening of the homeless problem in L.A., would be almost impossible to enforce, would catastrophically penalize the majority of group home residents who were not causing problems and who were struggling to work their way back to productivity in society, and would violate Federal guidelines - resulting in a significant loss of Federal assistance dollars being used to support current programs to aid the homeless and get them off the streets - in other words, it was generally recognized that the CCFO would not help in solving the complex problems of Homelessness in Los Angeles, but would actually make them worse.

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catman February 06, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Well since you have just admitted here to being a liar then I guess it was worth it for me to call you one.
Betty Koch February 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Trouble is Karen Wolfe you talk about civil rights. Most if not all of these sober livings violate the civil rights of the people they are serving. They do drug testing on site. That is administering medical care without a license. They all do it. Decisions are make as to the future of that resident based on results of these faulty screening process. Even the licensed programs operate this way, administering medical care. All of them do this practice whether it's 50 or 7 homes. The problem is not the homes, the problem is they need to be regulated by the health department and the department of mental health to protect the residents. This will never get done as to the city will have to allocate the proper funding first. As of now most of these Sober Livings are big profit centers for the operators and they violate anyone of a half dozen health and safety codes. As well a the residents civil rights. These homes need to be closed down for these abuses period.
Betty Koch February 06, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Neighborhoods need to get trained in what to look for if they want the city to close these homes down. Zoning laws won't cut it folks. Get educated if you want to rid your neighborhoods of these bogus homes. Properly run homes do not pose problems in neighborhoods, these are few and far between. Even the sober living collation is a bogus organization that teaches operators how to violate state and city regulatory laws. And you can bet your bottom dollar this collation is going to fight any and all regulations that are imposed on the operators. It all boils down to enforcement and how current laws and regulations are being administered. These homes have been a free for all in the city of Los Angeles.
Peter Gun February 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Your never going to make it here or anywhere for that matter. Once these group homes are regulated it will be much better for the community. The ones that don't comply will be much easier to shut down.
Spirit Of Venice February 12, 2013 at 08:24 PM
No, Peter, somehow - despite your obvious genius intelligence - you missed the point. I was paraphrasing a line from Frank SInatra's song "New York, New York" as a reflection on what I had just said...that it was nice to see that people with different opinions could engage in a constructive, edifying exchange of views without having to stoop to personal insult and mean-spirited snipes at one another - that in that sense we were "making it" in PATCH and that this was an example to others who could also "make it" in terms of finding constructive unity as a result of respectful debate. - Of course, there will always be exceptions...people who just have to take cheap shots...like the first line of your post.

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