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Councilman brings attention to homeless in Elysian Park

The growing number of homeless in Elysian Park came into the spotlight on ABC7, as 1st District Councilman Gil Cedillo got together with a team of professionals and toured  the encampments.

The tour, which was arranged after ABC7 contacted the councilman, took place one day after Cedillo won reelection in a runoff in which he was criticized by some for failing to do enough to deal with the homeless problems in Council District 1, which includes most of Elysian Park.

Some of people who joined the tour – including  officials with city’s Park Ranger Division, the L.A. Homeless Services Authority and the Department of Mental Health – said they regularly check the area for anyone needing and willing to accept help. ABC7 reported that Cedillo and the group found tents, backpacks and blankets, but few people. One man they approached said he wanted to be left alone.

Park Ranger Capt. Albert Torres told ABC7 that a lot of the people are away from the camp during the day because they have jobs. He added that the number of illegal encampments in the park has grown over the years – raising the danger of fire.

ABC7 noted that a brush fire broke out near a homeless encampment in Montecito Heights last April.

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6 comments

  1. They need to get them out of there immediately. Lets not sugar coat this problem. These people are, in general, not responsible people. With the over grown vegetation from all of the rains this year, we are one slipped crack pipe away from the entire park going up in flames. Lets not forget the ridiculous amounts of trash these encampments leave behind.

    • Didn’t you see the video? Those encampments aren’t going anywhere. It’s Cedillo’s affordable housing!

      • Lol. They should have forcefully removed “sam” and all his buddies, made them clean up all that trash and haul it out.. What is this nonsense of letting them stay

    • Dion – I totally agreed with you. Also, the encampment in front of the Vons on Montana and Glendale is disgusting.

  2. Amazing… many of the homeless have jobs. You can work hard in this city, indeed in much of the country, and yet still not be able to afford a place to live. Meanwhile, one sees so much wealth on conspicuous display in Los Angeles. The rich continue to get richer thanks to their outsized political influence. This is an unsustainable injustice.

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