The City of
has numerous non profit organizations that
provide services to Los
the needy, including but not limited to, shelter, clothing, storage of personal effects and
feeding programs. While these organizations provide a valuable service; sometimes there
are negative impacts to surrounding communities.
Due to the large demand to feed those in need, these activities frequently spill out onto
the sidewalk and street, creating numerous public safety and public health concerns.
Additionally, concentrations of people, lack of
blocking of streets ADA
and sidewalks cause significant public safety problems. City Departments should come
together to determine a solution that addresses non-commercial feeding in the public
rights of way.
The City of
, LAHSA and neighboring municipalities have had
success with permanent supportive housing, which provides housing, food, social
services and other needs to homeless people.
I THEREFORE MOVE that the City Attorney, Board of Public Works, Department of
Disability, LAHSA, County Health Department and the Los Angeles Police Department
be requested to report on measures which address providing meal service to individuals
in the public rights of way.
I FURTHER MOVE that the City Attorney be requested to report on efforts by other
municipalities to address non-commercial feeding in the public rights of way.
I FURTHER MOVE that the City Attorney be requested, in consultation with the Bureau
of Street Services, LAHSA and LAPD, to provide legislative options for an ordinance
which would address non-commercial meal distribution in the public rights of way.
I FURHTER MOVE that the City Attorney draft legislation as it relates to noncommercial
meal distribution in the public rights of way.
PRESENTED BY: Tom LaBonge
Council member, 4th District
SECONDED BY: Mitch O'Farrell
Council member, 13th District
September 17th, 2013