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Thursday, September 21, 2006

What's Next Regarding LAPD Enforcement of Skid Row Now That ACLU Agreement Has Been Rejected

What happened yesterday regarding Council's decision to fight the ACLU "Skid Row" enforcement court order preventing LAPD from arresting homeless for sleeping on the streets, therefore, preventing them from disassembling the "tent cities" each day (aka: the real problem) is still leaving most people somewhat confused as to where we are actually at with this.

So here's the actual WORD, y'all.

Bratton was disappointed that Council chose to fight this agreement, because he wanted to get the ball rolling. (Perhaps because he felt enforcement between 6a-9p, would be the wedge he needs to get the job done.)

However, there is talk that Jan Perry has a "temporary trial plan", that LAPD will try out for 90 days, along the lines of the ACLU agreement (that Council voted to reserved the right to challenge it in court at a later date).

But, Regarding this "trial plan", LAPD says they cannot lift a finger because now that Council voted "no" the ACLU agreement, all bets are off, and the LAPD's hands and battons are tied, because the court order now remains. (They can't break the law/go against a court order to enforce the law.)

So, what's up with the Jan Perry test plan? Well, as we speak, I am told that the City Attorney's office is looking over the facts, to see what LAPD can and cannot do regarding enforcement of Skid Row, now that the ACLU agreement is off, and the court order preventing LAPD from arresting homeless for sleeping on the street, and more importantly, forcing those "tent cities" to be disassembled on a daily basis. (The real problem, see story below) is in effect.

Hopefully, the City Attorney's office will be able to come up with enough stuff that LAPD can do, to unlock Bratton's own handcuffs, and let them get the ball rolling on Skid Row.

Then, Mr. City Attorney will meet with City Council, and they'll get back to LAPD on what can and cannot be done under the court order. Whatever the outcome, I hope it makes the ACLU happy. Cause when the ACLU is happy, the Mayor is happy.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry Zuma just had to post the obvious that many of us have always known.
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September 21, 2006 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It seems like people are not up to the task of taking on this subject matter, so they are all over the place in their responses to the last couple of ZD posts about it.

Problem with all this is that, as far back as 1987, even then-City Attorney Jim Hahn understood that you can't just arrest people for being homeless if they have no proper place to sleep at night. It's called "the defense of necessity," and that's exactly the doctrine the court is ready to invoke in the current case.

The other thing is that, ACLU or no ACLU, Villaraigosa probably is not going to let himself be the mayor who chased all the homeless out of town. He's too much of an old softie for that. And where would you have them go anyway? Put 'em in a truck and take 'em out to the desert and dump them there so they can die out of our line of sight?

Makes trying to regulate vending on the beach look pretty wussy by comparison.

September 21, 2006 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BREAKING NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!


September 21, 2006 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BOYLE HEIGHTS, Calif. -- A man accused of assaulting a radio reporter who was investigating a charter school in Boyle Heights was arrested Thursday, police said.

Ramon Flores, 31, was taken into custody during a traffic stop near Boyle and Eighth streets in Boyle Heights about 8:15 a.m., said Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department.

ABC radio reporter Sandy Wells had tried to interview parents, students and administrators outside the Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School in the 4700 block of Huntington Drive about 7:30 a.m. June 1 when he saw a silver sedan speeding at him, Vernon said.

September 21, 2006 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great job on John and Ken today.
You were calm and to the point. Ziegler even commented on how right you were.....

Senor Diez

September 21, 2006 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is it true than Don Garza was dragged out of City Council yesterday? Did he forget his meds???

September 21, 2006 9:10 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

NO I was not dragged out of City Council yesterday.

I was allowed to speak during the matter.

You will see the footage .

As you can see . ONce I post a post on my blog then someone posts on here.

Nope I wasnt dragged out of City COuncil.

You will see the footage later on You tube.

September 21, 2006 9:50 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

Plus how am I supposed to cause a diturbance , on oxygen , laboring to breathe , stressed and sick at the meeting. Please.

Someone give this person some meds.

This is not about pride , or arrogance , or none of that , this is about people dying in my neighborhood and the people and the powers that be think that the city as a whole is going to accept the testimony of a bunch of white nimbys and move foward with any solution.

It is not going to happen.

They stage quite a bit of City COuncil meetings.

Plus I had a wonderful time at the vte no on propR rally tonite , great stuff.

September 21, 2006 9:58 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Sorry to hear about those respiratory difficulties, Big Don. Hope they get a little better when the weather settles. Transitioning summer to fall is the toughest time of year on people with such difficulties.

September 21, 2006 10:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Elephant Girl at 9:10 PM
This is not performance art. Godzilla said it right. For everyone else it is about how we can realistically keep talking and get the politicos to hear wjat we are talking about here. For you it's a show. So put on your Halloween blues like you do when you party and go haunt some other blog.

September 21, 2006 10:18 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

yeah man , it sucks, dude.

Stopped breathing 5 nights ago. Luckily I started back up again. Would a hate to have my own little ventilator here at home.

depending on what the respiratory specialist tells me in the coming weeks will determine what I do, if I stay here or not.

turning skid row into an official skid row and turning back the clock would really make it difficult for lot's of us to survive. So I think my health is more important than city council members who were willing to turn back that clock and it looks like they may still do that.

September 21, 2006 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thou I thought you were lookin fine in uniform.

September 21, 2006 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To some of you she is just the city hall cyber Troll but ya gotta trust what I saw that Elephant Girl is one fine lookin "cop."

September 21, 2006 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your health is more important. Prop R going down in flams and the Clowncil must back down to the will of the people No turning back the clock. Be well, man.

September 21, 2006 11:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garza is lying he tried to get into council during closed session and made a huge scene. the cops had to escort him out my boss saw it

September 22, 2006 7:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You can hear Dgarzilla on tv channe 35 shouting out about hearing the people's voice when the clowncil was stating they needed to go behind closed doors. Don get yelling out and although the camera didn't pan to him everyone knew it was Don cause before the camera was on him. Good going Don.

September 22, 2006 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I also saw Garza at the hearing and he wasn't trying to get into closed session.

He was angry because the people of skid row were not allowed to speak at the meeting.

Thank you Garza for being our voice.

Matt Dowd has the footage I can't wait to see it.

September 22, 2006 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh and by the way we were already in council. They held closed session behind the council chambers.

I saw all of this too and what I saw were the police and Jan Perry running up to him to give him some water , because he wasn't feeling well , and , from what my boss told me, they were all concerened about his health . They didn't recess into closed session until Garza was tended to and wanted to make sure he was feeling well.

Thanks Garza. God Job .

for your FYI Garza.

We have some good news coming forth on the sex offender , the old white guy , in your building.

September 22, 2006 4:33 PM  

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