Thursday, May 11, 2017

Corralitas Drive & Rosebud Ave: Homeless Guy Has Pets Now, Neighbors Fed Up

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, May 5, 2017.  Some neighbors are concerned about the homeless guy's new pets - a pair of live doves in a cage far too small for the birds. The cage is on the ground to the right of the couch.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Neighbors are fed up.  A few  raised concerns regarding animal neglect or cruelty with regard to the 2 doves kept in a cage that is barely big enough for one canary.

However, neighbors are far more frustrated by the City's inability to move the homeless guy and his belongings out of our only vehicle access route on and off the hill. In the past 6 weeks, a number of neighbors close to the tunnel on Rosebud, expressed anger over the homeless guy stealing electricity and water.  Several have chased him off their property when he attempted to charge a half dozen electronic devices plugged into a power strip at once. LAPD advised neighbors to lock their water and electrical outlets in lockboxes, in addition to filing police reports of trespassing. 

Regardless of whether or not the homeless guy is involved with the recent uptick in burglaries or mail theft in the neighborhood, he is the target of neighbors' ire.  It doesn't help that he makes no attempt to conceal when and where he urinates on the street.  (It's not a crime, but have some respect for your neighbors, dude.)  A number of women have told me they no longer feel safe walking through the tunnel on Rosebud because of the homeless guy.  They also no longer allow their children to walk through the tunnel either.

If we have to move cars parked on a City street every 72 hours, why should the homeless be allowed to reside on the same patch of city sidewalk for more than 72 hours?  His camp has been there continuously (with the exception of 3 hours) since the beginning of January. 

Background: February 17, 2017
March 24, 2017

UPDATE May 12, 2017: His live doves have been painted or dyed red.