A proposition was voted on and approved before voters in the city of Los Angeles went to the polls in the next election.
Exactly one week before the upcoming election, the Los Angeles City Council gave its approval to the drafting of a resolution that would prohibit homeless encampments within 500 feet of educational institutions such as childcare centers and schools.
The plan that was championed by Council President Nury Martinez and was approved by a vote of 13-2 was successful even though many council members are up for reelection in competitive races.
After listening to parents and teachers at Virgil Middle School and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, who attended the meeting in person, the council voted. According to Carvalho, and other witnesses, youngsters are witnessing drug-using and profanity-spewing individuals lining the sidewalks near their schools.
People with mental health issues, some of them completely barefoot, shouting profanities into the listening ear of children — I’ve seen elementary schools with situations that none of us as parents find acceptable for our children,” Carvalho stated, according to the Los Angeles Times.