Last week we published an open letter to Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz, calling for the free outdoor meal line at the corner of Sycamore and Romaine to be moved out of the neighborhood, and into an indoor location that has services to help homeless people actually get off the streets.
We got a lot of comments from community members, with all of the responses agreeing that the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition’s evening meal line is bad for the neighborhood and not a real answer to helping homeless individuals actually find homes.
Surprisingly, we did not get any negative reactions to the open letter – probably because this blog is read by local residents and business owners. So we were spared hearing from the self-righteous hypocrites who often appear in the Los Angeles Times attacking urban neighborhoods for trying to protect our quality of life, while they themselves hide away in gated compounds and gated communities in isolated areas where they would never allow such nuisance activities.
Here are the responses we received from community members about the meal line:
David says: I agree that it makes our neighborhood more scary to live in.
N. Vimla says: I hope that Paul Koretz and his office help find a solution for this mess. Maybe PATH also has some good ideas.
Diane Demetras says: I sent a letter to Paul Koretz’s office years ago complaining about this. As a property owner of both a valuable fourplex and a condominium on Sycamore Ave., our wonderfully located, walking neighborhood is now severely blighted. Neighborhood children are afraid to play outside because homeless have squatted on every corner and it is easy to see many are quite ill. Please let me know what I can do to help move or disband the GWHFC program in our neighborhood. It is reassuring to hear that a respected program like PATH also feels this is not good for our neighborhood or for the people it is trying to help.
Joan Fitzpatrick says: I agree – most of the homeless in that area waiting on the curbside for the food trucks, are hopelessly high on drugs and alcohol. Many too stoned to get up off the side walk and hot sun for the food.
Stephanie says: It is beyond shocking and disturbing that not a thing has been done to oust this perpetual danger from our neighborhood. Other cities would have taken immediate action. What gives, Los Angeles?!?!?!?
Val says: Councilmember Koretz, What can be done to have this moved out of the area? Your help is desperately needed.
Tim says: How do we align our interests as residents with the new business interests (live/work lofts) opening up at both this corner as well as willoughby and la brea? This seems to be finally a way to have movement on this long standing issue.