Activist Kevin Dalton, critical of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s efforts to address homelessness, has called for a rally at Getty House in Windsor Square, Garcetti’s residence this Saturday at 2 pm.
According to this website NextLAMayor.com, Dalton, is asking people around the city to march and converge at the Getty House in Windsor Square, “the only neighborhood in Los Angeles that is seemingly unaffected by the Homeless Epidemic. “Coincidentally” this neighborhood is also home to “Mayor” Eric Garcetti.”
Dalton, who has almost 80,000 Twitter followers, goes on:
“United as One Los Angeles, those experiencing homeless and their allies will RALLY in front of the Mayor’s residence. Food and Services will be provided as long as resources last. Finally those with no where else to go can ENCAMP. Those with RVs, Cars, and Tents are encouraged to stay in Windsor Square. Eric Garcetti must be confronted with the Crisis he created.”
Dalton told the Buzz he is running for Mayor in 2022. He’s starting early because he’s running a one-person campaign, hiring no staff and taking no contributions. He admit’s his campaign strategy is unorthodox but he’s hoping to use events like this rally to get the word out about his campaign. But will it work?
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Dalton. “But I have no idea who will show up. It will be an adventure to see what happens.”
Leaders in nearby neighborhoods have been notified by CD4 Staff of the event because the organizers seem to be calling for encampments in front of the Mayor’s home and in surrounding Windsor Square to showcase the homeless crisis.
Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo told the Buzz the City is preparing for the protest though it’s unclear how many people are expected.
“We will have officers deployed on site for the safety of all and officers deployed to provide outreach and resources for anyone who may need them,” Pelayo told the Buzz.
As of this writing, 40 people had responded on the Dalton’s Facebook event page.
“Before I realized what I was seeing, Milo, our dog walked up to him, sniffed and generally nudged him (typical Milo friendliness), without any reaction, and I couldn’t see any evidence of any other movement. There was no equipment, belongings or anything else in the vicinity; hence, whatever he was – dead, passed out, just asleep – it did not appear to be the beginning of a homeless sleepover. I called 911. The Fire Department was by within 5 minutes. I went out and introduced myself and was advised by one of the paramedics that we were probably dealing with bad drugs and/or an overdose, but in any case they would take him to the hospital. No identification or other information,” wrote Chvatal-Keane.
“Please stay safe and remember to alert your Block Captain as part of our Neighborhood Watch Program, your Private Patrol company and the LAPD to any suspicious or criminal activity on your block,” concluded Chvatal-Keane.
Yesterday the Buzz attended Midtown Connect Day at Pan Pacific Park where homeless people were connected to various agencies providing support and services. Look for our story in the next few days.
Here are some useful numbers for residents to keep handy if you encounter someone who needs help:
HOMELESS SERVICES & RESOURCES
LA-HOP – Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal
Did you see someone experiencing homelessness that needs help? Notice a homeless neighbor who seems to be struggling with their physical and/or mental health? You can help them by filling out an outreach request here: www.la-hop.org
If you are concerned about illegal activity, contact law enforcement. For all non-emergencies, call 1-877-ASK-LAPD or 911 for medical and mental health emergencies or when the individual appears to be a danger to themselves or others.
For encampments, download the MyLA311 app to make a service request, or call 311. Encourage your neighbors to file the same request.
If you have taken these steps and the issue has not been resolved, please contact your LAPD – Senior Lead Officer.
Click here for Wilshire Division OR click here for Olympic Division; And your Field Deputy at your Council District office can be found here: https://empowerla.org/council-districts-map/
Your SLO and Field Deputy can work together to help deploy HOPE – Homeless Outreach Proactive & Empowerment with the Dept. of Sanitation. In October 2019 CARE teams will be deployed by Council District.
The City will no longer rely solely on a case-by-case, complaint-driven model for cleanups. Instead neighborhood based comprehensive Cleaning And Rapid Engagement teams will use data-driven tools to provide public health services to encampments, identify areas of highest need, and ensure the hardest hit areas receive regularly scheduled cleanups and hygiene services. All will be coordinated downtown by the Mayor’s new UHRC – Unified Homeless Response Center.
To learn more about the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the 2019 homeless count: https://www.lahsa.org
Opportunities to volunteer & donate:
Finally, if you have further questions, or would like more information on ways to engage or identify resources in the area, Rosato, who is also the GWNC Homelessness Liaison, can be reached at [email protected]
This story was updated August 28, 2019 to include comments from Kevin Dalton.