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    Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test

    LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test

    With swelling transient encampments abutting seven-figure homes, the beachside enclave has emerged as a flashpoint for the inequality shaping Los Angeles — and a real-world test case for the liberal ideology of the area’s showbiz residents.

    After the first attack, Randy Osborn figured it was just his turn. Tire slashings in his east Venice Beach neighborhood had become commonplace. But when his vintage Land Rover was hit a sixth time in the course of a few months, Osborn, who runs a small virtual reality company and has lived in Venice for seven years, began to worry he was being singled out.


    "It may have been random, but it sure felt targeted and concentrated," says Osborn, who now protects his tires each night with a jury-rigged plywood-and-chain contraption that has so far deterred the assailants. Every time he takes his family out of town, he worries about his house being robbed. "It's not a very fun way to live," he says. A lot of residents within Osborn's 15-block area just east of

    Lincoln Boulevard — where actor Viggo Mortensen owns a home and director Jon Favreau is opening a production office — have similar stories. And though they can't say for sure, Osborn and others suspect the crime is tied to several homeless encampments that have sprung up nearby in the past 15 months.

    Los Angeles is grappling with a homeless epidemic.

    "It's the worst human catastrophe in America," says Andy Bales, a pastor who runs the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row. Faced with a growing crisis, city leaders last year budgeted more than $100 million for affordable housing, addiction treatment, job placement and mental health services. And yet, as L.A.'s real estate prices soar, so does the city's homeless population. And nowhere have the twin forces of inaccessible housing and inequality created a more explosive mix than in Venice Beach, a hotbed of entertainment executives and talent where the median home price is $1.9 million. Many of these residents are now grappling with a quality-of-life issue that defies their own liberal ideals.



    Sleepless in Seattle
    and Community producer Gary Foster, who moved to the area two years ago from Westwood and works with the homeless advocacy group The People Concern, says he was surprised by the number of residents who expressed exasperation with — if not outright disdain for — the transient population. "They tend to be liberal, they want to do good in the world, but they're balancing their beliefs with how that might impact the value of their real estate," says Foster, who began his activism after producing The Soloist, about a journalist who discovers a musical savant living on Skid Row.


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    I watched a couple of guys on youtube talking about this from the Jewish community, can't remember their names right now. They were talking about having a community watch like they do in NY, but because of Cal pretty much making felonies like breaking windows of cars, breaking into houses, destroying property into lesser charges they think it's just going to get worse.

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    Like most problems, there is no easy answer.

    LA and California in general, draw homeless people from all around the country. Most of these people have mental health and drug issues. So one can have empathy for these people and advocate for measures to mitigate the problem. Those measures can include law enforcement solutions as well as addiction and mental health services.

    The claim that progressive ideals are being challenged is silly. Progressive ideals don't advocate homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and petty crime. Nor do they create these problems.

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    Actually many progressive ideals do. They claim no one is illegal and willing to make a carjacking down to less than a felony to make sure they can't be deported. They have it where if they break into your house it's not worth coming out to because they will be back on the street in a day or two. They were talking about how many tires each day were stabbed, windshields broken, and the police just say live with it. It's not always the homeless doing this. Doesn't matter who they are, if they think they can break into your car, house, destroy property and not get a felony conviction, it's nothing to them. Then the owners property is not worth as much anymore if they have a homeless camp near them with all these problems.

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    The weird part is this guys communities were the ones who lobbied for these changes of laws. Now they are saying maybe vigilante justice should or could make a comeback. Did they never ask themselves "what if" it starts to be a problem in their communities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Sense View Post
    Like most problems, there is no easy answer.

    LA and California in general, draw homeless people from all around the country. Most of these people have mental health and drug issues. So one can have empathy for these people and advocate for measures to mitigate the problem. Those measures can include law enforcement solutions as well as addiction and mental health services.

    The claim that progressive ideals are being challenged is silly. Progressive ideals don't advocate homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and petty crime. Nor do they create these problems.
    No, it's actually not silly. The question was about how and if the homeless presence will be tolerated by a financially respectable progressive population. Judging by San Francisco, it could go on forever. Keep your nose to the glass for updates, Dudley.

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    I have a heart for the homeless. There are many that had their houses burned, loss their jobs, some one paycheck away from it. Not everyone out there that is homeless are drug addicted, illegal or mental, not that I don't think they can't be helped. But I wouldn't help pass laws to make it nothing for them to break into homes, use drugs on your property, use the restroom on your sidewalks ect. It doesn't matter what neighborhood, I would want that for me or others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Sense View Post
    Like most problems, there is no easy answer.

    LA and California in general, draw homeless people from all around the country. Most of these people have mental health and drug issues. So one can have empathy for these people and advocate for measures to mitigate the problem. Those measures can include law enforcement solutions as well as addiction and mental health services.

    The claim that progressive ideals are being challenged is silly. Progressive ideals don't advocate homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and petty crime. Nor do they create these problems.
    Thats not what putting Progressive ideals to the test means, it means you have a governor that stated emphatically that ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are welcome in california and given sanctuary status.

    Homeless are American Citizens, the Progressive Ideals is that the california liberal community tells everyone us what lousy humans they are and expect everyone else to put up with crime and inconvenience while they were immune to it because of their abiltity financially not to live anywhere near it. Now its come to them lets see how the Progressives react to the crime the inconvenience and their property values.

    California has taxpayers leaving, homeless and Illegal iimmigrants coming, sounds like a perfect $#@!tail to me.
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    What is f'ed up is that California has a horrible homeless problem, yet they are practically begging for illegals to flood the state.
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