“violent crime robberies in the neighborhood up 177% and a 162% increase in cases of assault with a deadly weapon involving a homeless person”
The high cost of living and strict COVID policies are not the only reasons that California’s population is shrinking. The state has a massive homeless problem.
The famous neighborhood of Venice Beach has been overrun by homeless camps and the crime that comes with them.
Residents are outraged, and who can blame them?
Louis Casiano reports at FOX News:
Residents in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood frustrated over large homeless encampment, shootings, stabbings
Residents in Los Angeles’ coastal Venice neighborhood are calling for action over homeless encampments in the area that have been connected to a string of crimes, including shootings, fights, fires and drug use.
The city as a whole is grappling with a homeless crisis that has only gotten worse in recent years. Over five years, the homeless population has increased by half, according to a January report released by the Luskin Center for History and Policy at the University of California in Los Angeles.
In Venice, some of the more violent incidents alarming residents and business owners include an April 28 shooting in which a man was shot but survived. No suspects have been identified, the Los Angeles Police Department told Fox News. Another includes a Monday explosion inside an encampment that caused a fire.
The incidents are the latest of several chaotic events that have prompted concern from residents over the expansion of homeless encampments along the city’s famous boardwalk – Ocean Front Walk – and elsewhere in a neighborhood known for its beach and canals, which draw visitors from all over the region…
Updated crime statistics provided by the Los Angeles Police Department to the council, which shared them with Fox News, show violent crime robberies in the neighborhood up 177% and a 162% increase in cases of assault with a deadly weapon involving a homeless person.
These videos are shocking. STRONG language and violence warning:
Venice Beach Boardwalk 2021 pic.twitter.com/Uz8y7wh6v5
— Venice Beach Boardwalk (@BoardwalkVenice) April 14, 2021
@KristySwansonXO Ya it’s sad and it sucks. The fact others are ridiculing you over this is pathetic and they’re part of the problem. RT @BoardwalkVenice: Venice Beach Boardwalk comparison – Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020 7:15pm vs. Wednesday April 21, 2021 7:15pm pic.twitter.com/G8IV70GcYc
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) May 5, 2021
Venice Beach Boardwalk – Monday May 3, 2021 9:37pm pic.twitter.com/IN9puoRvKv
— Venice Beach Boardwalk (@BoardwalkVenice) May 4, 2021
This video describes Venice Beach as the new Skid Row:
ABC News in Los Angeles has more:
Outcry grows in Venice over string of dangerous incidents at homeless encampments
Residents in Venice continue to voice their frustration over growing homeless encampments in the area they say are becoming increasingly dangerous.
Eyewitness News obtained video of a homeless man being shot last week on the Venice Boardwalk, which also shows the shooter walk away while the victim moans in pain. The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition, and is not cooperating with police.
Los Angeles police doesn’t know who or where the gunman may be.
The shooting took place at nearly the same spot where someone set fire to a tent. In that incident from earlier this week, video shows a small fiery explosion that ripped through a tent at an encampment. Bystanders were able to put the fire out with sand before firefighters arrived.
Residents say they are the latest in a series of chaotic incidents that include fights and other fires.
Gavin Newsom shouldn’t even wait for the recall election. He should resign in shame. Same goes for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. This is a national embarrassment.
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