The Mayor of Los Angeles deflected recent criticism of his city’s handling of the region’s escalating homeless crisis Sunday; blaming politicians in Washington, DC for his administration’s inability to clampdown on the critical issue.
Mayor Eric Garcetti was speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper when he was asked to comment on the housing crisis impacting the nation’s second largest city.
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“You were screamed at for four hours this week at a town hall on homelessness. Homelessness is nearly up 50 percent in your city since you became mayor,” said Tapper. “Some critics may be saying why are you campaigning for Democrats in the midterms and traveling when you have this huge crisis in your backyard?”
“I think they’re linked together and I welcome a national conversation in Washington, D.C. where you see more homeless per capita, than you see in Seattle, in San Francisco, you see in red and blue cities. We have a a mental health crisis. Mayors can’t avoid that,” said Garcetti.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Homeless Camps HALT TRAIN Traffic Across the State
The recent boom of makeshift homeless camps alongside California’s railroad tracks is creating a major headache for local commuters; slowing down train schedules and halting service due to unauthorized persons “trespassing” in the area.
According to Fox News, the “explosion” of tent villages across the state are frustrating residents and local authorities; prompting officials to issue an official “note” to passengers to explain delayed schedules and canceled service.
“The Capitol Corridor’s service in the past year, and particularly over the past six months, has not been up to the levels you are used to and have come to expect from us,” Managing Director David Kutrosky said in his note to riders. “I know this is frustrating for you. It is frustrating, and unacceptable, for us as well.”
“It bears repeating, being on or alongside railroad tracks is not only unwise, but it is also illegal because technically that area, also called the ‘right of way,’ is owned by UP(Union Pacific),” Kutrosky added.
The explosion of homeless “tent towns” across the state have prompted a severe backlash against the encampments, with local governments in Orange County voting to dismantle the sites and relocate the homeless population to more permanent shelters.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: LA Considers GIVING FREE HOUSES to City’s Homeless Population
The full-fledged chaos engulfing the state of California continued this week, with the Los Angeles City Council considering a motion that would provide free housing to the city’s estimated 60,000 person homeless population.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the motion was introduced last month and will be brought before the council Friday; declaring the city’s ballooning transient problem a public health emergency. The declaration would release additional funds to construct new homes and shelters for those on the city streets.
“The city has explored multiple options for dealing with its growing homeless population,” writes CBS. “In February, the council unanimously approved putting about 60 homeless people in trailers on a downtown lot.”
The portable shelters contain bathrooms, kitchens, at least one bedroom, and are expected to cost approximately $2 million.
The vote comes as nearby countries and cities reject the state’s “unconstitutional” ‘Sanctuary’ policies, with one town officially voting down the measure as homelessness and crime rates soar throughout the region.