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LA Council Votes to Ban Homeless Encampments Near Schools

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council voted Aug. 2 to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers, following an hour-long disruption by opponents who interrupted the meeting with chants and shouts in the council chamber.
But due to a technicality, the council will have to vote on the matter again next week.
The council voted 11–3 Tuesday in favor of the measure after returning from the prolonged recess, with Council members Mike Bonin, Nithya Raman, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson dissenting.
The ordinance is an amendment to the city’s sweeping law regulating the location of homeless encampments. Municipal Code 41.18 prohibits sitting, sleeping, lying, or otherwise obstructing the public right of way in several areas of the city….

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