Los Angeles’ beautiful people don’t want to rub shoulders with the city’s drug addicted homeless people. This might have been a big problem since the 93rd Academy Awards was held at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Union Station, a public transit hub, has become home to thousands of homeless drug addicts and vagrants. But on Oscar Sunday, the homeless could not be found anywhere near Union Station because they had been removed ahead of the big Hollywood event.
Ironically, on the heels of a Federal District Judge’s order to the city and country of Los Angeles to shelter to the entire homeless population in the Skid Row neighborhood by October, hypocrites in Los Angeles removed the homeless living in Union Station ahead of the Oscars Sunday evening.
On Oscar Sunday, the homeless could not be found anywhere near Union Station. “‘They came to us about a week ago saying that we had to move by Friday 6 p.m. because they were trying to clean up for the Oscars and they told us if we didn’t move, they were gonna just demolish our stuff,’ says DJ, a man living in a tent in downtown Los Angeles,” Fox 11 reported. “DJ says the city did offer an option.”
“They forced us to go to the Grand Hotel on 3rd and Figueroa and they kicked everybody out of Union Station so it looks better for the image,” says DJ.
Fox 11 also reported that Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission says anytime there is a big national event, Los Angeles tries to sweep its homelessness problem under the rug.
Press California reported that the disabled who live near Union Station and rely on it, also haven’t been allowed to access public transit for one month, ahead of the Oscars.
I went to Union Station today to document the Oscars. Instead, I ended up talking with a neighbor, Ash (they/them), who said that the event had prevented them and others with disabilities who live nearby from accessing Union Station for the last month. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/90hCqQNrS3
— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) April 26, 2021
Last week, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ordered the city and country of Los Angeles to offer housing or shelter to the entire homeless population in the Skid Row neighborhood by October, the Globe reported. This decision came after Judge Carter visited the area several times last year following a lawsuit against the city by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights. Last month, pressure for the city to assist the homeless in the neighborhood was intensified by the homeless advocacy groups filing a notice of intent for a preliminary injunction to order the city to house the homeless in Skid Row.
Judge Carter also said that Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $1 Billion homeless proposal in his State of the City Address less than 24 hours before would be placed in escrow, with all funding and spending being reported to the court within a week, should it pass. This would give the funding oversight and bypass bureaucracy, something which Garcetti, according to the judge, did not do despite being given emergency powers by the City Charter.
Is it any wonder the Judge felt compelled to make this drastic of a move? Under Mayor Eric Garcetti, the homeless population has only multiplied in the city. And the county – where are the Los Angeles County Supervisors?
Priorities in Los Angeles have been so grossly misguided, the City of Angles now has a permanent poverty class, living on the streets and in Skid Row. California’s Big city Mayors are keen on the homeless funding they receive from the federal and state government, but it only seems to make it into the hands of NGOs and rent-seeking groups, rather than to the people who most need help from legitimate organizations capable of helping them get clean and sober and mental health treatment.
It’s apparent Judge Carter is trying to shake things up with the leadership of Los Angeles. District 14 City Council Member Kevin De León still refers to the drug addicted homeless vagrants as “unhoused.” Until elected leaders admit that the “homeless” living on the streets in California are drug addicts and mentally ill in need of treatment and not just an apartment with granite counters, the street population will exponentially increase.
“Virtually every citizen of Los Angeles has borne the impacts of the city and county’s continued failure to meaningfully confront the crisis of homelessness,” said Judge Carter in his junction ruling on Tuesday. “The time has come to redress these wrongs and finish another measure of our nation’s unfinished work.”
Less than 24 hours after Judge Carter’s ruling, Los Angeles County issued the appeal against the District Court injunction, calling for it to be formally suspended. LA County argues that decisions over how to spend taxpayer money and how to deliver taxpayer-funded services to homeless people is not a judicial function, but rather one that should be decided on by the county or city.