LA City Council Sends Ballot Measure For Encampment Ban to Committee

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council opted to send its Homelessness and Poverty Committee a motion from Councilman Joe Buscaino to begin the process for a ballot measure that would ban encampments across the city while prioritizing the production of emergency temporary shelter on Nov. 23. The motion was before the full city council for a vote, but several council members spoke in opposition to it. The council has previously rejected proposals from Buscaino to prohibit camping by people who have been offered shelter. Councilman Paul Krekorian motioned to send it instead to the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, which passed on an 11–2 vote. Buscaino and John Lee—who had seconded the motion for a ballot measure—opposed sending it to the committee. Krekorian said the ballot measure wouldn’t solve the underlying challenges the city faces regarding the homelessness crisis. “There are certain parts of this problem that can’t be solved by …

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By Kelly Sanchez

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