Oppose Use of Beaches, Beach Parking Lots and Public Parks to House the Unhoused

Oppose Use of Beaches, Beach Parking Lots and Public Parks to House the Unhoused

Proposed by Jay Handal/WRAC HOC on April 19, 2021
Formally adopted by WRAC in May 2021 | Download the WRAC position letter

Passed by

  • Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
  • Brentwood Community Council (modified version)
  • Mar Vista Community Council (modified version)
  • Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa (modified version)
  • Pacific Palisades Community Council (modified version)
  • Venice Neighborhood Council
  • West LA-Sawtelle Neighborhood Council
  • Westside Neighborhood Council
  • Westwood Neighborhood Council

Motion

Refers to City Council file 21-0350

In reference to Council File 21-0350, the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) strongly advises the members of the Los Angeles City Council and the Mayor that WRAC opposes using the beaches, beach parking lots, and public parks* for housing of the unhoused.  Neighborhood or Community Councils where these sites are listed in the Council motion shall work in good faith to identify alternative sites within their boundaries.

* The parks are subject to approval of the stakeholders and Neighborhood Council in the area of the parks.

Background

See Background Information.

Note:  The WRAC board on 4/19/21 amended the motion as originally recommended by the WRAC HOC to include the second sentence of the motion (“Neighborhood or Community Councils . . .”).

Contact Jay Handal and/or Chris Spitz with any questions.

Notes

BCC:  BCC Motion

MVCC:  CIS 4/14/21

NCWP:  CIS 5/11/21

PPCC:  PPCC Position Statement

VNC:  Motion passed on 6/15/21, after WRAC position letter written.

Note:  The motion in Council File 21-0350 passed in the Council Homelessness & Poverty Committee on 5/13/21 and in the full Council on 5/26/21 (feasibility study to be conducted by the CAO).