By CBSLA Staff

VENICE (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department is cracking down on the homeless population setting up tents at local beaches.

An LAPD officer told KCAL9/CBS2 on Saturday that there were about 30 tents at Venice Beach, but shortly after, all the occupants were told to relocate.

“It remains a third-world kind of environment on the commercial strip,” said Mark Ryavec of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

Ryavec is with a Venice group encouraging officials to tackle homelessness in the community.

While some people have brought up concerns about the impact homelessness will have on Venice tourism and concerns about sanitation, others say the issue instead should be focused on finding solutions for the nearly 60,000 people living on Los Angeles County streets.

“Getting it to a point where it feels as safe as Santa Monica, I’d love that to happen, but I don’t see the will on the part of the council office or the mayor,” Ryavec said.

The LAPD said once police begin enforcing rules about not placing tents on the beaches, then they will also bring their crackdown to the grassy area and boardwalk as well.

Comments (6)
  1. ElizabethRKing says:

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  2. Move them to Garcetti’s neighborhood, or better yet, Calabasass. Plenty of room up there in the foothills of that wealthy community.

  3. John Steele says:

    Having lived there for a few years, the constant parties start to wear on you. . Its a place for the young.. If you wanted to retire there. Don’t.

  4. Deano says:

    Quoted…”While some people have brought up concerns about the impact homelessness will have on Venice tourism and concerns about sanitation, others say the issue instead should be focused on finding solutions for the nearly 60,000 people living on Los Angeles County streets.”

    The solution is to put them on a bus back to where they came from. The one’s that remain are citizens of the community I suppose.. Either shelter or join your buddies on the bus heading back to Kansas

    1. Greg P says:

      Exactly. They’re getting their one-way tickets out west and we’re just supposed to suck it up and deal with it? With the ridiculous cost of living out here? I think not. These are not down-on-their-luck poor souls who’ve been priced out of their neighborhood. These are out-of-state vermin bringing crime and drugs into our community. It doesn’t matter how many homeless shelters you build, they will not comply with the rules and will remain on the street.

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