Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rosebud Ave & Corralitas: Homeless Guy's Camp Cleared, Returned, Vacated in In One Day

This story is told through neighbors' photos and their anonymous quotes received via text.  All photos are by five different Corralitas Neighbors.  Click on photos to enlarge.
June 6, 2017.  After six months and three couches, neighbors are fed up with the homeless guy's camp at the corner of Rosebud Ave and Corralitas Drive, under the 2 Freeway.  A number of neighbors complained about him stealing water and electricity from their front yards, public urination, fornication, dumping his trash on Corralitas, checking a doorknob on a garage, belligerently knocking on doors looking to borrow a corkscrew, potential animal abuse (dying doves red) and dumping one of his three couches on Allesandro once he got a new one.

Considering Rosebud is the only vehicle access to Corralitas Drive, it is totally understandable why neighbors were increasingly agitated seeing this guy here every day. He knows everyone's cars and schedules.  A recent increase in mail and package theft and a few break-ins on our normally quiet street has everyone on edge, regardless of whether or not the homeless guy was involved.
June 11, 2017.  Neighbors saw notices posted Friday, hoped this time the homeless guy would get the message and move on.
June 13, 2017, 8:23 AM.  Beginning around 8 AM, neighbors exercising and leaving for work, reported the Dept of Sanitation and "numerous other agencies, are supervising the homeless guy pack up his belongings."  

Neighbors were not too hopeful, since we've seen this before.  He's refused numerous offers of assistance to get off the streets from PATH, who were once again on site.
June 13, 2017, 8:23 AM. Several neighbors texted as they watched the homeless guy move his belongings in shopping carts across Allesandro.  "He's been prepared with 3 - 4 carts ready to wheel away."

Coincidentally, a June 12, 2017, LA Times story on the City settling a lawsuit  over discarding the homeless' belongings, mentions a Catholic charity handing out shopping carts to the homeless on skid rowNeighbors still want to know who's handing out couches.
June 13, 2017.  By 9:30 AM,  the City hauled away his couch, swept the sidewalk and was gone. Any belongings that left behind that would fit in a 30 gallon trash bin would be stored for 90 days where he could retrieve them. (See City notice above.)  While the tunnel was clear, neighbors sent yet another flurry of texts, photos and a video.
June 13, 2017, 9:30 AM.  As soon as neighbors noticed his stuff parked temporarily on Rosebud across Allesandro more photos and texts came in. 

One neighbor texted "They let him take ALL HIS CARTS across Allesandro where he appears to be waiting for all to leave so he can move back in."  

Previously a neighbor questioned why he was allowed to have so many belongings blocking much of the sidewalk, exclaiming, "He's got more stuff on the sidewalk than I have in my entire apartment!"
June 13, 2017.  An hour later, the first cart full of stuff and his pet birds reappeared.  (Last time it took him three hours to reappear with a lot less stuf.) 

According to another neighbor who was driving by and stopped when he saw two "18-22 year olds were opening homeless guy's bird cage.  I asked if they knew him and they said they did.  They were helping him move back."

May 19, 2017, after outcry from multiple neighbors, LA City Dept of Animal Services determined the doves were dyed red and pink with a hair dye used on dogs, and there was no crime or animal abuse.
June 13, 2017, 12:41 PM.  Two carts and already bags of trash were appearing.  A neighbor commented she was sick of seeing him dump his trash around the corner on Corralitas.  It's not like there aren't trash cans all over the street he could use.
June 13, 2017, less than 10 minutes later he was captured on video pushing a third cart up Rosebud back to his "home."  Neighbors were hopping mad at this point.
June 13, 2017, 7 PM.  Neighbors, returning home from work, were not pleased seeing the homeless guy's carts on the sidewalk and one in the street.  Many had left the hill while the City was there in the morning.  A neighbor said, "Did some furious neighbor overturn his cart? Or did he do it?  Or did it simply roll to its demise?"
June 14, 2017, 6 AM.  Neighbors were even more surprised to see a vacant tunnel the following morning.  Neighbors reported everything was gone at 9 PM and 2:30 AM when they returned home.  

Further inquiries with neighbors indicated several had run-ins with the homeless guy in the afternoon while he was bringing his carts back.  Police were called on at least two occasions.  However, neighbors got tired of waiting and left.  So we're not sure where he's gone now.