N Poinsettia Pl, at the Los Angeles side of Poinsettia Park, near the West Hollywood city limits, received–what Los Angeles health officials referred to as a “major cleaning” last week, Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 10 a.m. LA Sanitation and Environment posted a notice that both sides of the street at N Poinsettia Place and the surrounding area between Romaine St and Willoughby Ave would be sanitized where there is currently a homeless encampment.
Personal property had to remove by 6:00 a.m. according to the notice. Personal property referred to merchandise, tents, bedding, sleeping bags, hammocks and other personal items such as luggage, backpacks, clothing, documents, and medication (items left behind would be collected and individuals have 90 days to retrieve these items).
LAPD officers were on the scene as waste collection vehicles collected trash from the sidewalks, and cleaning equipment power washed the street to clean and disinfect street, alley, park, and other public areas in the depicted areas. According to witnesses, unhoused individuals stood outside of the cleaning zone and waited until they could return to pitch their tents back up again at the newly cleaned area.
According to a resident, the tents, the sleeping bag and the debris were back by the following day and the problems with drug use and fights were also back.
A former resident who brought a lot of media attention to the encampments in that area, tells WEHO TIMES that the major cleanings happened on a regularly basis, and for a period of time as often as once a week. However, the encampment has grown in the past years and the cleaning seems to be done randomly and less frequently. The person has since moved out of that area partly because of the homeless problem on his street.
An instagram page called @cleanuppoinsettia began documenting the conditions at N Poinsettia Pl, “to try and get the city of LA to do something about the Poinsettia Park Encampment. It is Dangerous & UnSafe.” Since the major cleaning last week, the page has posted several videos showing screaming street fights, individuals urinating and defecating in private residences, an individual smoking out of glass pipes, syringes on the street near the park where children play and one video shows people standing around an open bonfire on the street.
The page is called @cleanuppoinsettia. Those who wish to bring awareness to the issues plaguing that area, can follow the page and tag @lapdhq, @lapdcentral, @lafdstation88. And even though it’s out of the West Hollywood jurisdiction, also tag @wehocity @lasd @lasdwesthollywoodstation and anyone who can help the neighbors get some assistance for the unhoused individuals in this area.