LA City Council to consider stricter anti-camping ordinance


The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday will consider pulling a draft anti-camping ordinance from the Homelessness and Poverty Committee to bring it to a full council vote.

The move comes after Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee invoked a rarely used rule last Wednesday to have the council pull the ordinance from the committee, where it has been sitting since Nov. 30, 2020.

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If the council votes to withdraw the draft ordinance from the committee, council members will vote on whether to adopt the ordinance, which would restrict people from lying, sleeping, sitting or placing tents and personal property on streets and sidewalks:

  • where it reduces the path of travel required by the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • within 10 feet of an operational or utilizable entrance, exit, driveway or loading dock;
  • within 500 feet of a facility that provides housing, shelter, supportive services, safe parking or storage to unhoused people;
  •  within 500 feet of a designated freeway overpass, underpass, ramp, tunnel or pedestrian subway; and at all times and all locations if a person has been offered shelter.

The city’s current anti-camping ordinance, which has not been enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic, prohibits tents during daytime hours, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On June 9, Buscaino, who is running for mayor in the 2022 election, requested the council amend the mayor’s Declaration of Local Emergency and resume enforcement of the current anti-camping ordinance.

Last Wednesday’s action was taken under Council Rule 54. People can watch Tuesday’s meeting at 10 a.m. at clerk.lacity.org/calendar.



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