Nov 27 2006

Homeless Group Demands Meeting with Villaraigosa

LA Homeless on Skid RowGUESTS: David Busch and Frank Tamborello with WorkingDemocracy!

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo recently filed criminal charges against Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Bellflower for improperly discharging a 63-year-old homeless woman on Skid Row last March. But Delgadillo came under fire for his actions. Hospital officials and homeless activists are accusing him of playing politics with the homeless by filing criminal charges rather than negotiating to end the practice of dumping patients on Skid Row. A grassroots organization led by homeless activist David Busch held a press conference last week to call attention to the lack of beds for sick people on Skid Row and the city’s mass arrests of people sleeping on the sidewalk. The group, called WorkingDemocracy!, was joined by the LA Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. They said that the city’s lawsuits against hospital dumping of patients are a distraction from the “real atrocity” of how the city targets the homeless. At a public meeting last Thursday the LAPD revealed that there have recently been 2,157 arrests of homeless people.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa can be reached at 213-780-0600. The LA Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness can be reached at 213-439-1070 x 100, or at www.lacehh.org.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Homeless Group Demands Meeting with Villaraigosa”

  1. Levion 27 Nov 2006 at 11:51 am

    Its pretty apparent to me that the average person in the richer sectors of Los Angeles hate homeless people.

  2. Charity Luvon 28 Nov 2006 at 9:43 pm

    This is a very great interview for public awareness how the City continues to turn their backs on the homeless, and the Mayor should be held accountable, as well as all Celeberties, and Church groups that only come out during the Hoildays for Photo Ops.

    Why when you talk about the Homeless in Downtown L.A. that peoples only thoughts and reactions are that it is very dangerous to go down there?

    Do you ever wonder why homeless people hate the average person in the richer sectors of Los Angeles?

  3. Nisha Top-Teagardenon 05 Jan 2007 at 11:55 pm

    When there are so many empty houses in the world it seems a great pity that there should have to be homeless people. I was homeless in London for a long time, but was placed somewhere as was expecting at the time. But now as an older person without children I know I would not be placed anywhere. I hear squatting is also now not legal or assisted by any support group. what you have written makes a lot of sense and I hope something is done about homeless people.

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