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    Homeless Encampment at N Poinsettia Place Gets ‘Major Cleaning’

    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).

    Major cleaning at Poinsettia Place – Photo courtesy of Cathering Eng

    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.

    Major cleaning at Poinsettia Place – Photo courtesy of Cathering Eng
    Major cleaning at Poinsettia Place – Photo courtesy of Cathering Eng

    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.

    Screen grab via @cleanuppoinsettia on Instagram

    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.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Graham
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    2 months ago

    Kate Yaraslofsky is the city council rep and a complete and total failure. The Trans Klux Klan has taken over and Violence, turning tricks in their tents, showing their dildos inserted in their rectum to everyone, drugs, and their screaming and mental illness on full display for the lucky kids that use the park.

    Stop The Insanity
    Stop The Insanity
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    2 months ago

    These efforts are an absolute joke. I’ve actually heard police tell the homeless during a clean up “Just move to the other side of the street and you can come back when we’re done.” I played tennis Thursday night, the next night after this “cleaning,” and you couldn’t tell anything had been done. There were fights, screaming matches and one of our players even saw a used needle on the sidewalk. Don’t forget… Poinsettia Park is supposed to be a safe place for everyone, especially children. The apathy towards citizen safety in the name of “being compassionate” (which is actually… Read more »

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    2 months ago

    When you have these shanty towns starting to form, it becomes much more than just a homeless person trying to survive and sleep. They attract rodents, drug deals, prostitution, filth, disease, sexual predators etc.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    2 months ago

    Karen Bass needs to step up and make living homeless on the streets in LA hard. Planned and unplanned cleanings, sidewalk construction work, paving, etc. the people will move on and out.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    Reply to  Kevin
    2 months ago

    Yup, we’ve allowed the mentally ill and the addicts to take control of the public right of way…and they will continue to control it as long as we allow them to.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    2 months ago

    Enforce the no loitering laws already on the books that are currently being ignored or this problem won’t end. What a waste of time, resources and money to have the problem back again so quickly after it was cleaned up. I feel for the residents having to live adjacent to that filth, crime and drug use going on.

    EASTSIDE OG
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    2 months ago

    The cleaning needs to happen for public safety and public health. The run off from the garbage flow into gutters, the waste/feces is a health hazard. This encampment has been cleared in the past and it take a neighborhood coalition

    Enough!
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    Reply to  EASTSIDE OG
    2 months ago

    Yes, obviously it needed to happen..my point was is that it doesn’t really mean much if it comes right back again. (what it’s cleaned for a day?) A permanent solution is needed, and my suggestion was to enforce the current laws. When we stopped enforcing the laws, this problem grew. And it will continue to grow so long as we allow it.

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