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DIRECT MESSAGE SENT TO DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY JANE USHER ON BEHALF OF SKID ROW RESIDENT’S

skid row street life by Michael Blaze

May 12, 2013
Ms. Usher,
On behalf of the Skid Row community’s residents, we “Thank You” as Deputy City Attorney for representing your office and meeting with the “Skid Row Public Space Task Force” last Friday to discuss the Lavan Injunction as it pertains to private property on Skid Row’s sidewalks.
Of the 21 people we “hand-picked” to attend this most important meeting, we had a strong showing of 16 members of the Skid Row community with a widely-diverse demographic, which included Blacks, Whites, sidewalk tent sleepers, Skid Row loft owners, males, females, senior citizen’s and more!! We believe we hit the desired mark that your office requested prior to the meeting.street living morning by Michael Blaze Skid Row Streets
Throughout the entire duration of the nearly 2 1/2 hour meeting, The Skid Row community collectively shared our thoughts and opinions in a highly intelligent and articulate manner, which in and of itself is worthy of noting simply because of Skid Row’s long stereotypical history as being a place that is only lived in by drunks, addicts and homeless persons that collectively are too inebriated to formulate their thoughts. We believe that this stereotype is what led to the Skid Row non-profits being allowed, supported and encouraged to act and speak on behalf of the residents in Skid Row. The philosophy of more authority being given to the Skid Row non-profits, which includes the missions, SRO landlords and social service providers, also automatically includes the justification of the reasoning why any and all funding is channelled directly to said Skid Row non-profits on our behalf, instead of to the “unqualified” residents directly. (To be clear, the previous observation does not mean the Skid Row resident’s are not qualified as in “not capable”, but not qualified as in “wrongfully defined”.Skid Row space by Michael Blaze
Our meeting with you Friday is further proof that the Skid Row resident’s are now in a position to not only speak for ourselves, but also DO for ourselves, as substantiated with our resident-led “positive movement” which began in 2007 and can be proven through many historic events and/or documents established through numerous social media outlets and also mainstream media outlets, as well.
Highlights of our historic meeting with you included, Manuel “OG” Compito’s powerful question “So basically you’re saying that when it’s settled, the Lavan Injunction will be an agreement with 9 people (Lavan, et al.) that will automatically affect the rest of our community without us having a say-so in our own community’s affairs?” He then followed with the quick observation “So that means those 9 people are holding our community hostage?” (implying that 9 people that he does not know, even with him being a Skid Row community leader, will have the utmost power to possibly decide to agree to a “policy” that will affect him and the rest of our community’s residents without any proof that they are competent and/or qualified to do so and/or fully aware of any and all possible parameters associated with a landmark decision such as this). Also, a Skid Row tent sleeper known as “General T.C.” noted that even as he was attending this most important meeting he was taking a SERIOUS risk of losing everything he owns by “abandoning his property” which is directly related to the subject at hand even though he is handling business in meeting with you and has declared that his property is indeed NOT abandoned. General T.C. also suggested as a solution that the City of Los Angeles could provide an official sign for the homeless to put on their property that includes language to the point of “this is not abandoned property”.
DISCLAIMER: Even though Attorney Carol Sobel has done a wonderful and competent job representing the Skid Row community resident’s in various legal issues in the past, I personally have NEVER spoken directly with her, nor have many members of this task force ever even met her. To be clear, she has not been given the “green light” by us to include our collective position in these Lavan Injunction settlement talks. Therefore (as “OG” implies above), it is not possible for her to represent all of us through her efforts to represent 9 of us. This indicates the need for separate negotiations between the City of Los Angeles and the Skid Row community’s residents as it relates to the issues involved in the Lavan Injunction and more. Please keep in mind that how these 9 plantiff’s choose to settle may be entirely different from how the rest of the Skid Row residents decide on the same issues which therefore indicates the possibility for a conjoining lawsuit and possibly more settlement discussions also related to the same issues in said Lavan Injunction, which would ultimately cost taxpayer’s that much more in the City of Los Angeles’ already volatile financial environment/budget crisis.
 SKid Row Street Life by Michael Blaze
Obviously, there were many more highlights during our meeting, including thought-provoking declarations and also solutions, which should be reflected in your many pages of notes, of which we hope will be shared with us as a form of “follow-up”.
Lowlights include your opening statement (which we realized was a unanimous “task force” consensus upon our “in-house” follow-up meeting), of which included the “highly-insulting” comparison of “possibly abandoned homeless property” to the “backpacks” used in the recent terrorist bombing in Boston during the Boston Marathon. Skid Row’s General T.C. quickly replied “those were terrorist, we’re homeless- that’s two extremely different things!”. For the City of Los Angeles to compare homeless Americans struggling to survive in Skid Row, the homeless capitol of America, (and who’s residents also include homeless veterans that proudly fought for this country’s freedom) with terrorists whose leader wasn’t even born in America, shows the disconnect between this City’s leaders and it’s residents and also suggests the City’s desperate position to justify it’s knowingly inhumane actions that will devastate thousands of homeless lives if said injunction is indeed ruled in their favor.
So where does that leave us Skid Row resident’s? Once again, we are ultimately left to fend for ourselves, seeing that the Skid Row non-profits have forsaken us and are simply “poverty pimping” for the money instead of helping to heal our community- they are part of the problem! Why aren’t they speaking for us now???? Also, the City of Los Angeles is either uninformed, unrealistic with it’s overall ideologies, “bought and paid for”, oblivious to the fact that Human Beings are suffering beyond a state of normality in this City, or even worse, knowingly creating and implementing policies which will cause substantial harm to the weak, the meek and the poor while catering to the rich and well-to-do folks that contribute mightily to campaign contributions, thus giving them power and influence without having any remorse for it’s collective harmful actions under the guise of “protecting the status quo”. Not to mention the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) which are literally the “hired guns” of the City who execute the plans of this City’s decision-makers with ultimate force, if necessary, while being paid handsomely (with benefits and pensions) to overlook their inhumane acts. All of these entities, along with a few more, are the main reason’s why Skid Row is in the total dismay it currently is in. And because NONE of the above “decision-maker’s” actually reside in Skid Row, there is NO true and/or direct connection to “the resident’s” thoughts and/or ideologies for solutions to homelessness and because of this, the City of Los Angeles has (and will continue to) spent above and well beyond the necessary amounts of funding necessary to properly “fix Skid Row” while falling deeper into debt without any signs of resolve. This is unacceptable, yet our collective voice is silenced while we watch our community crumble at the hands of so-called “do-gooders”.
 skid row by Michael Blaze
It is my understanding that as a public servant, ALL members of the public should be represented EQUALLY. How can the City of Los Angeles’ many homeless populations be represented equally when they haven’t even be invited to speak at ANY negotiations tables until now? (On ANY topic, not just the Lavan Injunction) And again, with the Skid Row non-profits no longer representing and/or speaking for the Skid Row residents (in fact, many of them have now joined the business sector and their lobbyist groups), who will speak for us moving forward? There are NO protections in place to secure that our collective voice will be included in any and all decisions related to Skid Row, where we live. And with protection policies currently in place such as the Affordable Housing land-use covenants, we will continue to reside in Skid Row in continuous 55-year increments.
street people by Michael blaze
How, then, can any settlement related to the Lavan Injunction be automatically applied to affect ALL resident’s in the Skid Row community?
Again, we appreciate your time (Happy Mother’s Day) and look forward to further discussions, but not without the expectation of the inclusion of solutions which include the Skid Row resident’s collective voice attached, connected with and implemented into.
Regardless of anyone’s position and/or which side of the table they choose to sit on, it is important to note that we (including you!) are ALL proud citizen’s of America as well as proud citizen’s of the City of Los Angeles!!!!!!
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Regards,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)
(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)
Welcome to Skid Row from General Jeff

QUESTION!

…Is this how the LAPD feels about General Jeff who is an outspoken community leader in Skid Row and also on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council where he represents the Skid Row residents?????
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THE SKID ROW RESIDENTS’ OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO RECENT DOWNTOWN NEWS EDITORIAL ABOUT ‘NEW GENESIS’ BOOZE BATTLE ON MAIN STREET, DTLA

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(Note: For some odd reason, Downtown News has not made public comments available on their blog for this particular editorial item at this time, hence our separate correspondence here)

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- On behalf of the Skid Row community’s residents, it is paramount that I respond to the Downtown News editorial piece titled “Panel Makes Wrong Choice Rejecting Booze at New Genesis Restaurant” (3-25-2013).

Please allow me to make the following points as I scan through their article; (I ask for your patience in advance)

While understanding that their piece is clearly an editorial, because of the stark contrast to our community’s reality, a clarifying rebuttal is undoubtedly needed.

First regarding the specific location of the building in question, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Skid Row’s borders are from 3rd street to the north, 7th street to the south, Alameda street to the east, and MAIN street to the west. This clearly establishes Skid Row Housing Trust’s New Genesis Hotel as existing IN Skid Row and NOT in the Historic Core!

To add, also located on Main street and in Skid Row is the Pershing Hotel (also owned by Skid Row Housing Trust), the Leonide Hotel (owned by SRO Housing Corporation), Chrysalis and also the headquarters for the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN). So there is an obvious presence of Skid Row-related businesses and residential units on Main street. PLUS, SRO Housing Corp.’s Rossmore Hotel is directly across the street (also on Main street). To be clear, not only does Skid Row have a strong presence on Main street, but the ENTIRE eastern side of Main street from 3rd to 7th is NOT in the Historic Core, but indeed in Skid Row!

Second, SRHT has NEVER previously held a liquor license and/or alcohol permit in their nearly 25-years of existence (since 1989), nor equally has Great Balls on Tires and/or Great Balls (the restaurant proposed to open in the ground floor retail space of the New Genesis that wishes to serve alcohol). In other words, there is NO responsible alcohol proprietorship-type “track record” in either of these organization’s combined history which brings into question their true understanding of all the potential drawbacks (seen and unforeseen) in these critical alcohol-related parameters.

Third, in addition to the Appeals Commission not supporting their effort, there was NO clear community support for this alcohol permit/liquor license- While SRHT’s request for a letter of support BARELY got through the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s (DLANC) Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUC), it was soundly defeated by DLANC’s full Board of Directors, only garnering four votes of support. In other words, DLANC did NOT support this. Also, LAPD did NOT support this. To add, LAPD took a position of “No Position” and attached strong operating conditions to these “brand new alcohol-serving hopefuls”. It is STILL unclear where City Councilmember Jose Huizar (CD14) stands on this- but if he did support it, it would have been made clear during the appeals hearing. (And we already know how that hearing turned out)

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To be perfectly clear, the Skid Row community more than welcomes BUSINESS to our community! We also agree that businesses who also appeal to nearby communities is a plus. For instance, the “other” retail tenant at the New Genesis will be an ice cream parlor. THEY didn’t ask to serve liquor. We are very pleased with them thus far and the last time I checked almost everybody young and old, both in the Historic Core and Skid Row, likes ice cream (or did at one point of their lives).

•     QUESTION TO THE WRITER(S) OF SAID EDITORIAL: If the “no alcohol where we live” position taken by the Skid Row community “sounds reasonable”, then why does the decision seem so far-fetched and “foolish” to you?

Now, to add, as one of the “well-intended opponents” that spoke at the appeals hearing against this booze permit, I, too, (at least in MY mind) have an extensive “track record” in Skid Row (while not as long as SRHT, it is arguably equivalent over the past five years, seeing that my efforts have been done with ZERO funding compared to the millions and millions of dollars in SRHT’s annual budget). For example, on behalf of the Skid Row residents I led an effort to end the unfair, unapproved and unregulated “overnight guest fees” that Skid Row Housing Trust charged it’s tenants which was in addition to the rent and government subsidies. These charges occurred EVERY time a tenant wanted to have a visitor (think since 1989). In 2012, our efforts (which first started with two buildings in 2008) led to both SRHT and SRO Housing Corp. abolishing this practice but only after making millions of “undetected” dollars off of it’s tenants without any recourse. And trust me when I say there’s much more flaws in SRHT’s “track record” that will all come out soon!

As for Great Balls, while I serve on DLANC’s Planning Committee, I was present when their owner presented that GB would ONLY offer five pre-selected alcoholic items on their menu. He clearly indicated that this was because alcohol would NOT be their primary revenue-generator. If this was the case, why go for a “full line” of alcohol to begin with and not just beer and wine instead? Plus neither GB, nor SRHT indicated at any point of this entire process that they would offer any JOBS to the Skid Row community, not even the residents that live in the New Genesis. Does this sound like “inclusion” or them being “community-friendly”? Oh, that’s right, because they expected ALCOHOL to be involved and of course they wouldn’t want to discriminate against jobseekers in recovery, right? Well if they thought that it wouldn’t be a good idea for those in our community who struggle with recovery to be around alcohol, then why in the he-ck would it be okay for alcohol to be around us? (As in those that live directly above this business in the New Genesis?

Lastly, it should also be duly noted that both of Skid Row’s two biggest landlords, Skid Row Housing Trust AND SRO Housing Corporation, are members of the powerful business advocacy group Central City Association (CCA), which may explain SRHT’s new “business-first” approach which again is NOT reflected anywhere in their mission statement, nor on their website (But “It’s about business” was definitely spoken by SRHT Executive Director Mike Alvidrez during the appeals hearing directly to the appeals commissioners)

For the record, this appeal has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Historic Core and EVERYTHING to do with Skid Row. Moving forward please remember, if it directly affects Skid Row and is within our borders, our voice WILL be a major part of that conversation.

(DISCLOSURE: I, General Jeff, am a former tenant of one of SRHT’s residential buildings in Skid Row. I was there for three years, was NEVER late with my rent and even intentionally left my security deposit upon my departure from their building as a good faith gesture. I have NO ill will towards SRHT. I merely speak out on behalf of ALL Skid Row residents, many of which happen to be tenants in SRHT buildings. Even as an outspoken community activist, I have NEVER been “86’ed” from any of their buildings [ask SRHT what that means if you don’t know])

Sincerely,

General Jeff

Skid Row community activist-

ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)

Central City East/ Skid Row-Resident Director

Board of Directors

Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-present)

Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-12)

Co-Chair-

Skid Row Community Advisory Board

Department of Mental Health (2012-present)

BREAKING NEWS: Skid Row residents react to news of TB outbreak in Skid Row

Skid Row TB epidemic is ‘alarming,’ but the community is well-versed in disease

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February 25, 2013

To Skid Row,

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES– It is apparent that a TB outbreak (tuberculosis) is not only amongst us, but has already begun a deadly spread throughout Skid Row and possibly beyond, to more of Downtown LA. Seeing that many of our community members frequently travel outside of Skid Row to places in Downtown LA such as Central Public Library, Pershing Square, LA Live and many others, there SHOULD BE an imminent concern throughout ALL of Downtown Los Angeles regarding said TB outbreak. in other words, this is not just a Skid Row matter, this is a Downtown LA matter.

In fact, just today, LAPD command urged all officers working in Skid Row (Central Division) to wear masks which would help to prevent a TB spread throughout their Department. But what about the citizen’s that live here? Isn’t LAPD supposed to be sworn to “protect and serve” us? Who (as in what governmental agency), then, is supposed to protect “we, the people” of Skid Row? Where are our masks? Where are our gloves? Where is our detailed information??!!!!!

Without having been contacted by ANY of the City of Los Angeles’ nor County of Los Angeles’ public health officials, as the Skid Row resident director on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, I took it upon myself to quickly act on our behalf.

I contacted Dr. Diane Woods, a true friend to the Skid Row community, who last year conducted a statewide report about mental illness in Skid Row. (below is the direct correspondence from Dr. Woods regarding said TB outbreak)
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Greetings General Jeff, (From Dr. Woods)

In follow-up with our conversation related to what to do about the announced Downtown LA TB outbreak, I called the LA Department of Public Health Public Information Office. I was referred to Mable Aragon, the contact person related to this TB outbreak. She stated that a contact from her office will call you to discuss the TB outbreak and what the Department of PH is doing. Her phone number is (213) 989-7183.
I have also attached a TB FACT sheet from the CDC  with general information that would be helpful to share with Skid Row residents.
It appears from the information shared in the news articles, there are “NEW” highly contagious TB cases in Skid Row (over 60 cases). This is a serious concern and residents must be protected.
When the health department representative calls, please ask the following questions:
1. Where in Skid Row are the cases?
2. What is the plan for screening to identify more cases?
3. What protection needs to be initiated so there is no additional spread of TB?
4. What is the Health Department doing to protect the Skid Row residents from the TB outbreak?
In a situation of this manner, the standard protocol is to conduct screening to identify who has been exposed and to identify active cases. Active TB cases must be treated with MEDICATION.  Also, in situations where you have individuals in close contact with each other a “mask” needs to be worn to reduce spread and overt new contamination. TB is spread through the air. So, coughing, sneezing, and breathing in respiratory discharge from individuals that are infected with the TB germ must be minimized. The TB germs in expectorated excreta can live on surfaces and be transmitted to individuals where they become infected.  TB can spread rapidly and can cause death if not brought under control. Anyone is subject to becoming infected, but individuals in poor health, pregnant women, HIV+, and those with chronic illnesses and immune system problems are at high risk for contacting TB. Of particular concern is that Skid Row residents are mobile, so containment of active TB would be extremely challenging. The Department of Public Health has a major plan in operation and will discuss how they plan to control the spread.
I am very concerned about all of you in Skid Row. I hope the information is helpful. The residents in Skid Row need to be very careful with this “NEW” outbreak.  I hope the Department of Public Health will contact you real soon to follow-up.
Be careful.
Diane
 

Lastly, please know that any and all information I receive regarding this TB outbreak will be immediately shared with you all!!!!

 

Until then, be safe AND smart!

 

 

Positive energy to us all,

 

General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)

(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)

 

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS FROM SKID ROW 2013 – General Jeff

General Jeff

General Jeff @ The White House 2011

@GoSkidRowGo on Twitter

jgeneral jeff by Michael blaze

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS FROM SKID ROW 2013

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- From City Hall, Skid Row’s General Jeff (dubbed “The Mayor of Skid Row” by CNN in 2010) delivers a powerful speech about the current state of affairs in one of the world’s worse communities. Jeff speaks clearly from the homeless and SRO resident’s standpoint and shares detailed information that many would consider “jaw-dropping” accusations!!…..Judge for yourself!!
The 2012 Skid Row State Of The Union
Skid Row's Operation Face-Lift / The Community Is Outraged by Michael Blaze
General Jeff-Skid Row’s State of The Union 2011
General Jeff City hall by michael blaze
Thanks,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)
State Of  The Union Address 2010
by Michael Blaze

DLANC

(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)
General Jeff Election Night third Term on DLANC 2012

Skid Row Community Activist General Jeff by Michael Blaze

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)
May 25, 2012-- The "Urban Issues Breakfast Forum" at the California African-American Museum...Panelists from left to right: Rodney King, Hyepin Im, General Jeff, Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip " Murray...topic: 20 years later, What has changed since the '92 South Central L.A. Riots?

May 25, 2012– The “Urban Issues Breakfast Forum” at the California African-American Museum…Panelists from left to right: Rodney King, Hyepin Im, General Jeff, Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip ” Murray…topic: 20 years later, What has changed since the ’92 South Central L.A. Riots?

city hall by Michael Blaze

Public enemy Hip Hop Summit by Michael R. Moore

We are ALL working together to forever change our community!!!!!!

 

Power to the People!!!

Downtown News article about Skid Row’s parks closing on Feb. 1st

January 24, 2012
 
To Skid Row,
 
Below is a link to today’s news article about the closing of Skid Row’s parks on February 1st.
 
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We are still working on solutions!!!!….In the meantime, please respond to the article in the comment section and let them know how WE feel!!!!!…And tell a friend to do the same!!!!!
 
We DON’T want our parks to close!!!!!
 
Thank you,
 
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present) 

(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)

 

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the 
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)

BREAKING NEWS:…Skid Row parks to close Jan. 31st due to lack of funding

January 16, 2013
To Skid Row,
Welcome to Skid Row
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- It was officially announced today by SRO Housing Corp. that both Skid Row parks will be forced to close at the end of this month, January 31st due to a lack of funding.
Last year when funding ran out, City Councilmember Jan Perry came up with the funding to keep both San Julian Park and Gladys Park open until December 31st, 2012. SRO Housing Corp. extended the deadline an additional 30 days, but no new funding has been secured.
Last week, City Councilmember Jose Huizar’s staff met with Skid Row community leaders to discuss the formation of the Skid Row Public Space Task Force which intends to work to address community issues such as trash clean-up’s and the lack of trash cans, the lack of public toilets, problems related to homeless feedings and more. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled sometime in February, but it is not clear if Huizar’s office can act soon enough before the fast closing deadline which is about two weeks away with action that will keep said parks open.
SRO Housing used to rely heavily on the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) for funding, but when new Governor Jerry Brown took office last year, he abruptly closed down the CRA and all of their funding went back to the State of California. It was confirmed at last week’s SRPSTF meeting by Councilmember Huizar’s staff that both parks now belong to the City of Los Angeles (since they are both within the City of Los Angeles’ boundaries).
Last month, Skid Row community activist General Jeff spoke about this pending issue before the Department of Recreation and Park’s Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting. Chair Barry Sanders verbally confirmed that “Gladys Park will not close” (at that time, only Gladys Park was under the control of Rec and Parks). It is unclear if Rec and Parks is now responsible for San Julian Park as well.
The most important pending issue, however, is how the closing of Skid Row’s only public areas will affect how LAPD patrols and enforces the area. Last month, Skid Row community activist General Jeff shared the Skid Row community’s park concerns to LAPD at Central Division’s monthly C-PAB (Community Police Advisory Board) meeting. LAPD Captain Horace Frank verbally replied by saying “We cannot have the Skid Row parks close”. Captain Frank stated that the Department (LAPD) will begin to look into the matter. It is not yet clear as to what LAPD’s conclusions are or if there will be any significant change in their police tactics.
If the parks do indeed close, Skid Row residents and homeless will be forced to sit on sidewalks and curbs, using portable chairs and milk crates, which LAPD started to enforce against years ago, or the community will have to altogether migrate to other Downtown areas such as Pershing Square, LA Live or the Arts District.
Other Skid Row community leaders have already started to explore the possibilities of filing a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles for lack of providing public space near where local residents reside.
This story is just beginning……Stay tuned!!!!
Regards,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)
(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)