Another Stabbing Pegged to a Transient, Community Meeting Set for July 17

The Beverly Press has reported that another stabbing has been attributed to a transient.

On June 21, a 27 year old male tourist from Pennsylvania was making a cell phone call in front of a store on Melrose Avenue near Laurel, when a transient rode by on a bike and stabbed the young man in the neck for no apparent reason.

According to LAPD Captain Lillian Carranza, “It doesn’t appear to be a robbery… The guy was bleeding profusely. The business employees called the police and paramedics took him to Cedars. They stabilized him and he is going to recover. It’s fortunate, because it easily could have gone the other way.”

This attack came just three days after a highly publicized incident in which a young woman was stabbed to death at Hollywood and Highland by a mentally ill transient with a long history of violent assaults. As we reported recently, that suspect also worked at the free meal line for transients held every night at the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street, near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.

In response to these violent assaults by mentally ill transients, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch has scheduled a meeting about public safety for next Wednesday, July 17, at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Blu Jam Cafe, 7371 Melrose Avenue (between Martel and Fuller).

For more information about Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, contact Peter Nichols at

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8 Responses to Another Stabbing Pegged to a Transient, Community Meeting Set for July 17

  1. Dr. Love says:

    I received an email from Tim Harter assistant to State Assemblman Richard Bloom regarding the foodline. It said the following:
    Dr. Love,
    I’m sorry to hear about the crime that happened in your neighborhood. I have reached out to multiple people regarding the food line at Sycamore and Romaine, your city elected officials and others involved are doing everything they can to help find a different location for the homeless food line. As this is a city issue, the state will not be taking the leading role on this, we are here to make sure that our constituents are not having problems with state agencies. Because there is no state law against food line trucks being in public places there is only so much as a state agency that we can do, trust me that we will do everything we can to help Councilmember LaBonge’s office. Please know that Tom LaBonge’s office has not one but multiple people working on this issue they are aware of the situation and they are doing everything they can every day to help (cont. next post)…

  2. Dr. Love says:

    (cont.) remedy the situation. I will be monitoring the situation, and please let us know if you have any type of community/neighborhood council meeting you would like us to have a representative at. As far as drafting statewide legislation to combat the food truck lines that are attracted on public right of ways, I recommend submitting a legislative proposal. I have also cc’ed LaBonge’s office on this email. We are in communication and I would recommend you organize a meeting with all parties involved, we would be more than happy to have a representative at any future meetings. Please let me know.
    Tim Harter
    District Office
    Assemblymember Richard Bloom
    Phone 310) 450-0041

    • From what we have heard, Tom LaBonge is part of the problem, not part of the solution. He and his office are standing in the way of doing anything to solve the crime problems and other public nuisances caused by the free meal line. Apparently LaBonge is more concerned about activists for the homeless and their lawyers than he is about his constituents who live and work near the meal line. Of course, most of those activists and lawyers live in other areas, like Brentwood and Bel-Air, where they would never in a million years allow a meal line for transients….

  3. Dr. Love says:

    Dear Neighbors,
    I am encouraged to see such a personable letter from our State Assemblyman’s office. I feel now is a good time to follow through with this with the recent murders and stabbing. Mr. Harter will not be having a meeting but is calling on us to have one. I am not in a position to organize a meeting. I am sharing this letter asking Melrose Village to rally support even possibly inviting other neighborhood councils such as central, west hills, media district etc. I have read numerous complaints on line from these neighboring councils regarding this food line. I need help from everyone that can partisipate in some aspect to erradicate this unexceptable problem.
    Thank You,
    Dr. Love

    • Read the article above and look at the Melrose Action web site. The community meeting will take place next Wednesday, July 17, at 7:30 pm, at Blu Jam Cafe. Be there.

  4. Dr. Love says:

    I will be at the meeting and either Melrose Action or myself will contact a State Reprersentative to be at the meeting as well.
    As for Mr. LaBonge, I dont know him or if he is an obstacle, but this foodline is coming down. I’m asking anyone who can to please help me research and find out the names and emails of all restaurants that donate food to this foodline. At the meeting we can collect the information and begin to blanket their businesses with email complaints and outrage from the public. They think they’re helping the poor but do they want to be assosiated with murders?!! I strongly doubt it. I have pictures on my phone of a homeless person relieving themself of human waste in broad daylight on the front lawn where I live. And I will send these pictures to every restaurant that thinks they are “helping the community”. Plz help me find this information.
    Dr. Love

  5. Dr. Love says:

    Plz feel free to email me with information regarding the donors of this foodline at:

  6. Here is another message we received from Dr. Love:

    The entity that has the 501c3 that GWHFC uses to receive donations is Special Services For Groups here in L.A. I’m asking for residents to begin to focus on this entity to direct complaints to. Their information is:
    Special Service For Groups
    605 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 600
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 553-1800
    or email through their website at:
    Thank You,
    Dr. Love

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