A Neighborhood in LAPD’s Wilshire Area Gets a Much Needed Clean-Up NR22063dm

March 9, 2022

Los Angeles: In October 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Community Police Station received information from community members that they were concerned the homeless encampment at Beverly Boulevard and Harper Avenue was growing and causing
an increase in crime.

Community members were concerned about trespassing and open narcotics use and sales.
There was also a concern by the community of the proximity of the encampment to the Department of Water and Power building, and the effects of a reported fire, which could impact the neighborhood.

Wilshire Area officers worked in partnership with personnel from Councilmember Paul Koretz’ office, including Public Safety Director Greg Martayan, and Field Deputy Jill Kline, to address and provide assistance with services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Officers addressed the crime and quality of life issues impacting the area through daily foot beats and high visibility patrols. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power administration and security addressed adverse activity that impacted the facility.

On February 8, 2022, the City of Los Angeles posted no camping signs on the east and west sides of Harper Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. Continued camping would be in direct violation of section 41.18 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. Council District #5 field deputies incorporated the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority personnel, who provided outreach and services to the two individuals still living at the encampment.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Care Plus clean-up was completed and all individuals living in the encampment voluntarily complied with the no camping zone. The successful outcome was a result of the assistance of Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District #5 personnel, third party service providers, City Services personnel and LAPD Wilshire Area officers.

“I am very thankful to all agencies and my staff for their time and coordinated work to make this happen,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz. “this was a tremendous effort with service providers, Los Angeles Sanitation, LAPD and my office, as we addressed the public safety needs of both the residents and the unhoused. Public safety continues to be highest priority.”