LA Mayor Eric Garcetti signs ordinance criminalizing homelessness following City Council vote in favor of it
In this file photo dated August 16, 2018, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is interviewed by the Associated Press in Los Angeles. RELATED PRESS
The Mayor of Los Angeles signed an ordinance on Thursday banning people from "sitting, lying, sleeping" or otherwise placing their belongings in "public right of way," according to CBS LA.
The measure makes it illegal to sit, lie, sleep, or camp near "sensitive use" properties and other areas such as roads, overpasses, underpasses, freeway entrances, and more, as noted in the document and by FOX . reported 11.
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The Mayor of Los Angeles signed an ordinance on Thursday banning people from "sitting, lying, sleeping" or otherwise storing their belongings in "public right of way" - a law that almost exclusively affects the uninhabited LA population disenfranchised.
Mayor Eric Garcetti had until August 9th to act according to the official action. He signed the day after Los Angeles City Council voted for Ordinance 13-2, as mentioned in a previous inside article.
The ordinance will take effect 30 days after it is signed, CBS LA reported. Garcetti did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
The ordinance restricts "sitting, lying or sleeping, or keeping, using, entertaining or placing personal property in public right of way". The measure makes it illegal to be within 150 feet of "sensitive use" properties such as schools, parks and libraries and other areas such as "overpasses, underpasses, freeway entrances, tunnels, bridges, pedestrian bridges, subways, car washes, litter systems, or active railways . "
The ordinance also makes it illegal to sit, lie, sleep, or camp within 300 meters of or on a “street, sidewalk, or other public path”.
LA residents and organizations have posted their complaints and opposition to the ordinance on Twitter, and have made plans to camp outside Garcetti's home in protest.
Mike Bonin, one of two city council members who voted against the ordinance, noted during the vote that the city only has enough emergency shelters for 39% of the unoccupied population.
"What about the other 61%?" asked Bonin.
Bonin shared his own story that he was not housed during the meeting.
"Some of those nights I slept in the car, some of those nights when my car was in the store I slept on the beach. I can't tell you how much turmoil there is in your heart when the sun goes down and you don't know not where to sleep, "he said, according to Spectrum News. "I can't tell you how demoralizing and dehumanizing and defeatable this experience is if you don't know where you are going to sleep."
He said the ordinance tells people where they can't sleep, but it doesn't tell them where to sleep.
"That's what it's about for me ... where can people go, where can people sleep when they have no alternative," said Bonin.
Read more about the Anti-Homeless Ordinance here.
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