The VSA is calling for a 300 foot setback from all residences that would allow the City to immediately remove any items left unattended on sidewalks or parkways. The setback would help prevent the development of encampments right next to homes.
The VSA also called for the Committee to not remove the phrase "personal items such as luggage, backpacks, clothing, documents and medication, and household items" from the definition of property that can be confiscated if left on the sidewalk over 24 hours. Excluding these items would place an impossible task upon the LAPD and Department of Sanitation to sort through every pile of stuff left on the sidewalk to differentiate between those items and everything else. This requirement would render the ordinance unenforceable. The letter also notes that no confiscated property would be destroyed as in the past but would be cataloged and stored for 90 days to allow retrieval by the owner, so no medications or personal documents would be lost.
The VSA also called upon the Committee to urge the Mayor, Department of Rec. and Parks and LAPD to immediately start enforcement of the new ban on storage of personal property in parks at night. The letter notes that unlike the sidewalks ordinance there are no amendments pending on this new rule.
The full text of the letter is below.