Activists protest LA City motion to restrict homeless feeding - Fox 2 News Headlines

Activists protest LA City motion to restrict homeless feeding

Posted: Updated:

HOLLYWOOD (FOX 11) - A local charity group protested a Los Angeles City Council motion Saturday afternoon that activists say would ban charities from feeding the homeless in public.

The protest took place at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. in Hollywood. It was organized by a nonprofit group called Monday Night Mission.

The proposed city ban would require charity groups to feed the homeless indoors.

"We do not have the resources to do so," according to the group's Facebook page. "To ban kindhearted people from sharing homemade food with those who have nothing to eat on the grounds of health safety while they are completely okay if the homeless are forced to eat out of trash cans."

The motion was introduced to the City Council by Councilman Tom LaBonge in September. In a statement to the LA Activist in November, LaBonge said that he hoped the measure would "ensure the safety of people eating on a public street."

"Many public health codes and regulations come into play around food service," he told LA Activist. "I wanted to hear how other municipalities enforce health codes, provide traffic safety and manage the interface with area businesses and residents."

In November, LaBonge elaborated on his intentions with the motion. He told KTTV reporter Susan Hirasuna that he is not trying to "ban" feeding the homeless. His concern is over "public health and public safety."

"I want to try and find a solution," LaBonge said. "I'd like to find a building for them. I'd like to find an opportunity for them to get services."

The LA City Council is expected to discuss the motion further over the next few weeks.

 

 

  • Los Angeles & SoCal NewsLos Angeles & SoCal NewsMore>>

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:57 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:57:21 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants...
  • Fullerton: Man in Wheelchair Struck & Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver

    Fullerton: Man in Wheelchair Struck & Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:28:02 GMT
    People knew him by the first name, Mark. Most of those who live or work in the Fullerton neighborhood around Orangethorpe and Vine avenues described him as a nice homeless man, older, a hard drinker, who got around in a wheelchair.
    People knew him by the first name, Mark. Most of those who live or work in the Fullerton neighborhood around Orangethorpe and Vine avenues described him as a nice homeless man, older, a hard drinker, who got around in a wheelchair.
  • Malibu Vineyards in Supervisor Yaroslavsky's Crosshairs

    Malibu Vineyards in Supervisor Yaroslavsky's Crosshairs

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:58 GMT
    On Tuesday the LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a massive local use plan to protect the coast and Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.You may or may not realize that there are several dozen small vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.
    On Tuesday the LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a massive local use plan to protect the coast and Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.You may or may not realize that there are several dozen small vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices