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  • commented 2017-11-02 14:06:25 -0700
    Im walking by your crew members and I like what I see.There picking up and cleaning.. something I strongly admire your industry is making a great change in the community.i would like for an opportunity to become part of your team indeed.thank you and continue building up community’s.
  • commented 2016-09-14 18:59:55 -0700
    In regards to the homeless encampment on the East Hollywood/ Los Feliz triangle on Hollywood/Vermont/Prospect intersection the only thing that will be achieved by making it inhospitable to the homeless is that the much larger encampments on Virgil Place and DelongPre (behind and next to the Vons on Sunset and Hillhurst) will grow even more. Virgil Place has had an encampment for over a year now despite the many calls to 311. Homeless displaced from the encampment behind Vons move to Virgil Place (between Sunset and DeLongPre). Vons and/or CHLA do get taken care of when calling 311 and not residents and small business near the mentioned portion of Virgil Place. Drug selling and prostitution are now being seen again in this area where the blocked sidewalks force inhabitants and workers to walk on the streets endangering their lives and the amount of garbage and human waste has proven too much for locals and the city to clean.
  • commented 2016-09-06 19:15:29 -0700
    Regarding the Vermont Triangle. I totally understand the issues that the BID is struggling with. IMO the triangle is a traffic median not a park. There is too much traffic around the island to make it a safe pedestrian zone. And then, what is there really there to engage pedestrians? Nothing but car fumes.


    I humbly suggest re-landscaping the space as a cactus/succulent garden area. Drought is the new normal for California, so it seems logical to use a xerophytic plant palette. There are many types of visually attractive plants that would provide color, seasonal flowers, and low maintenance. Many also are low at mature height that would not impede traffic safety.


    I frequent restaurants on Vermont and I’m always distressed at the trash that accumulates at the site. It seems to be super bad every time I have guests from out of town.


    I don’t want to define the problem as a homeless issue. Realistically, it is a traffic safety issue. It is too much of a liability to have pedestrians standing in an unprotected location with drivers flying by at freeway speeds. No one should be on the island if we value public safety. I have a lot of empathy for the homeless, but an encampment on a traffic median surrounded by a surging river of reckless LA drivers is very dangerous for their personal safety and health, and certainly not the solution.


    Hopefully, there will be a civil community discussion in working toward the solution of the triangle.
  • commented 2016-09-04 23:17:58 -0700
    I want to echo everything Amanda Viola said. Maybe the neighborhood should focus on building more housing and supporting access to jobs in the area for the homeless population instead of making crossing streets more dangerous and inconvenient. The BID is wasting its time trying to shoo away people who literally have nowhere else to go. The BID cannot hide LA’s homeless problem. Why not take the money allocated for removing the crosswalks and donate it to the local homeless shelter? Or do something better than wagging its power-tripping finger.
  • commented 2016-09-03 16:42:53 -0700
    Removing crosswalks at the Vermont Triangle is not an acceptable effort to help the increasing homeless population in the neighborhood. This is one of the worst ideas and the most laughable ones all at the same time. I think it’s time for you all to go back to the drawing board. And as for Ms. Furios, has she ever actually been to the community she’s spouting careless remarks about? I’d love to see her go tell all the people standing at the bus stops on Vermont carrying bags of groceries or pushing strollers, senior citizens using walkers or people coming off of their shifts at any number of the hospitals in the surrounding area that they could “walk a bit” more.

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