Rogue council

first_imgTHE Los Angeles City Council finally got the smackdown it deserves from no less than City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. The snub came in the form of legal guidelines created by Delgadillo’s staff giving police the go-ahead to start arresting the homeless camped out on sidewalks during the day, even while an appeal on an ACLU lawsuit is pending. The guidelines became necessary because the council scuttled a settlement worked out with the support of the mayor, police chief, city attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union over how the Skid Row homeless should be treated. The ACLU had claimed – and a judge agreed – that the city could not enforce a ban on sleeping on the sidewalk. The settlement would allow the homeless to temporarily sleep on the sidewalks during the night if there are no shelter beds for them, and then disperse at daybreak or face arrest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleIt seemed like a reasonable arrangement considering the homeless problem has been going on for years. The issue got no attention from City Hall until the developers making billions from downtown redevelopment took notice. Having ignored the problem and done nothing to deal with the needs of the homeless for so long, council members had no hesitation meeting last week behind closed doors, and deciding to reject the Skid Row settlement and to appeal the federal ruling. The council’s flat-out rejection indicates that its members have a more politically motived agenda than merely helping those who can’t help themselves. This is a rogue legislative body that’s grown too fond of meddling in city policy without solving the people’s problems – and second-guessing and obstructing department managers. It’s time the mayor stepped up: Los Angeles needs strong leadership on top and empowerment of neighborhoods on the ground. It does not need destructive meddling by council members in the middle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more