Sleeping overnight in cars, vans and RVs will be prohibited again in many parts of Los Angeles, after the City Council voted Tuesday to reinstate rules that limit where people can live in their vehicles.
The decision extends the L.A. regulations, which had expired at the beginning of July, until January. Under the rules, people cannot spend the night in their cars on residential streets, or live in their vehicles at any time within a block of a park, school, preschool or day care facility.
At a hearing at City Hall, activists argued it was cruel and counterproductive to punish people for bunking down in vehicles while housing, shelters and “safe parking” programs remain inadequate. Despite the impassioned pleas from opponents, the council voted 13-0 without any discussion to reinstate the rules.
Immediately after the vote, activists began shouting in disbelief and anger, bringing the council meeting to a halt. Opponents began chanting, “Shame on you!”
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