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City Councilmember Meister Will Host Forum on Homelessness on Thursday

Mon, Nov 27, 2017   By Staff    10 Comments

City Councilmember Lauren Meister will host a community forum to discuss homelessness in West Hollywood on Thursday.

Lauren Meister

The forum will be an opportunity for residents to discuss homelessness in West Hollywood and efforts to alleviate the issue and help those in need. There will be opportunities for community input regarding short- and long-term solutions for homelessness and its impacts on residents and businesses.

Those attending will include representatives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, staff members from the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department and Code Compliance Division, Corri Planck, the city’s Homelessness Initiative project manager. A representative from L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office also will be present.

The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the office of Councilmember Meister at West Hollywood City Hall at (323) 848-6460.

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10 Comments

  1. MannyWed, Nov 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    @Adam, thank you for your research on this issue. But if Council Member Meister doesn’t already know the intricacies of this issue or the community’s perspective and input thus far, she hasn’t been listening.

    I doubt very much that anything new or brilliant will come out of yet another meeting on this topic. What she and city staff will most likely hear are more naive examples of what other cities are doing without a mention of their failures and consequences.

  2. AdamWed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

    @Anitah J. Carlisle – Utah’s homelessness problem (like many places) is worse now than anyone can ever remember. That article you posted was a small snapshot in time, but like West Hollywood and the entire LA region, the homelessness problem anywhere needs much more complex and comprehensive solutions. It isn’t nearly as simple as that one article suggests. I applaud Councilmember Meister for her leadership on this issue. Forums like this are important, because it’s important that we, as residents, understand our part as individuals in solving this humanitarian problem in our communities.

    Here’s what’s going on in Utah now, to put the article you shared into present-day context:

    July 31, 2017: How did Salt Lake City’s homeless district get so bad and why can’t we fix it? http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=5497414&itype=CMSID

    September 11, 2017: Homeless people scatter throughout Salt Lake Valley in wake of Operation Rio Grande http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/09/11/homeless-people-scatter-throughout-salt-lake-valley-in-wake-of-operation-rio-grande/

    November 16, 2017: After millions spent on homelessness, Utah lawmakers have a question: ‘Did we get what we paid for?’ http://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2017/11/16/after-millions-spent-on-homelessness-utah-lawmakers-have-a-question-did-we-get-what-we-paid-for/

  3. Jim NasiumWed, Nov 29, 2017 at 8:16 am

    @Anitah J. Carlisle—–Good 2015 article. Do you have an update on how that’s going?

  4. TBTue, Nov 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    This is a continuation of the City and Councilmember Meister’s efforts to gain input from residents and then offer possible solutions. None of us are happy with the homeless situation in our City. Yet, it is not going to go away. I have read solutions that have come from the City’s forums thus far and they provide some concrete actions to address the situation. I appreciate the work being done.

  5. Anitah J. CarlisleTue, Nov 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    The State of Utah solved chronic homelessness by giving them homes, no questions asked, and saved the State millions. Every state needs to do this
    because the homeless are migrating to Southern California to escape the cold weather. There is no way we can cope with the influx of the homeless from all the other states. They have to take care of their own. The governor needs to meet with other governors at their yearly meeting and propose this idea. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/

  6. Larry BlockTue, Nov 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Instead of having another meeting with the same people – including council members who should have much knowledge on this subject already… i hope they open it up to invite int he homeless people and get a real perspective. all the chit chat in the world does not matter without outreach to the homeless community.

  7. R. StoneTue, Nov 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I presume the intentions are good & politicians have to at least give the appearance being useful. But come on folks,, the homeless problem is huge & cannot be solved even by federal or state or big city governments, much less small local governments.
    Oh I did hear Heilman say he’d “Met with Sheila Kuel” to solve the homeless problem, I wonder if Heilman has reported on the way or ways in which he has made progress. (lol)

  8. MannyTue, Nov 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    The city is already taking action to help individuals who need and accept assistance. Elected officials and city staff should be at a point of knowledge where action is what’s necessary, not more meetings.

    It’s time to get city officials out of meeting rooms allow them to do the work.

  9. Milana RakhmanMon, Nov 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    west hollywood is about helping its own crimes not the homeless–i am homeless permanently doomed beacause america is about preying upon homeless and helping self and not the homeless –instead of paying you u need to pay me real and punitive damages for all wasting costs affected and up to last sec including with no strings attached–this is not about you liking it –this is about justice for those who do not deserve being wasted by you and the usa –money damages for abs everything sougt–real and punitive to last sec and visas to vacate–this is criminal entrapment and privation and suffering

  10. JJMon, Nov 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Councilmember Meister…not a solution but…it will help with the overwhelming number of homeless in out neighborhood – help us get the Pavilions Recycle Center closed. Its presence has had a very large negative impact on our neighborhood. Thank you.

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