L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Venice homeless to report potholes to city

Venice boardwalk

David Busch A group of homeless people are fanning out Thursday afternoon in Venice to help report potholes to the city of Los Angeles.

Organizers say they are heeding a call from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hope to dispel some negative feelings toward homeless people in the funky but gentrifying neighborhood.

Villaraigosa is urging residents to report the location of potholes to the city’s 3-1-1 hotline in preparation for a two-day blitz. The Department of Public Works plans to fill about 20,000 potholes the weekend of June 4-5.

“Several people in the homeless community decided that this would be a great way to show that they may be short on resources, but they have a desire to do something positive for the community,” said David Ewing, a longtime Venice resident and homeowner who helped organize Thursday’s event.

He said residents with homes have been invited to join in and get to know their homeless neighbors. Venice property owners have complained for years about homeless people using alleys for bathrooms, partying late into the night and dumping waste into storm drains.

Meanwhile, people who live in vehicles and on the streets say they are being vilified as criminal transients and subject to police sweeps.

“Now they’re not calling us artists or beatniks or hippies, they’re just trying to lump us all together as homeless,” said David Busch, a community organizer who has been without a permanent roof for 16 years. “We just thought that we needed to unite in Venice and start bringing the community closer together to combat some of this polarization.”

RELATED:

Community project gets dozens of Hollywood's homeless off the streets

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photos: (top) The Venice boardwalk on April 27.

(bottom) Community organizer David Busch in December. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: