Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino calls for government officials’ pay cuts if homelessness goals are not met

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Homeless camps would be banned, the development of temporary shelters would be prioritized, and the salaries of elected officials who did not meet those goals would be reduced under a ballot paper introduced by Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino running to the post of mayor.

The language of the proposal was sent to the Los Angeles City Clerk on Friday, according to the Safer Streets LA campaign. The mayor and city attorney will review it before organizers get the green light to collect the 65,000 signatures needed to place it on the ballot in November.

The voting measure calls on the mayor to present a plan to achieve functional zero homelessness within three years, and if the goals are not met, the salaries of the mayor, city attorney and Los Angeles City Council members would be reduced according to Safer Streets LA campaign.

Once appropriate levels of temporary emergency shelter have been produced by the city, the ballot paper, if approved, would ban camping in all public areas. Meanwhile, camping would be banned within a 1,000-foot radius of temporary shelters.

“We have an emergency unfolding on our streets, and this voting measure offers an all-of-the-above approach to resolving it,” Buscaino said. “Based on my experience in the city council, where my district has few-to-zero camps, as we have tirelessly sought shelter for homeless residents, this ballot connects people in need for services and secures shelter.”

Buscaino is seeking a petition to get the measure to the November vote, after the council rejected his proposal to get a vote measure banning camps and prioritizing temporary shelter.

Several council members expressed their opposition to the idea before voting on 19 November.

Councilor Mike Bonin said he believes the voting measure will be focused solely on the problem of the presence of homeless camps and not on actually resolving the homelessness crisis.

“If we make this measure, if we make enforcement necessary, if we make enforcement the thing that drives our decisions about what to make available, what type of housing to make available, what type of shelter to offer, ‘it’s a guarantee that Los Angeles will give the lowest common denominator things to get to enforcement as soon as possible … and that will be wrong,’ ‘Bonin said.

Candidate for mayor and chairman of the council’s homelessness and poverty committee, councilor Kevin de León, who was absent from that meeting, said in November that he thought a vote would be the wrong approach.

“As the city council is actively moving forward with policies to address homeless camps through strategic outreach work and housing for people in need, a voting measure seems to be the wrong approach. The fact is that a voting measure would be extremely costly for taxpayers and likely to result in a continuation of lawsuits the carousel that has kept the city from implementing real solutions, ” he told the City News Service in November.

While Buscaino’s voting measure would look at temporary emergency shelters to reduce homelessness, a coalition of unions and organizations are working on a ballot to create a multi-million dollar property sale tax to fund homelessness solutions, especially permanent housing.

If this measure reaches the vote and is approved by a majority of voters, the measure will create a 4% tax on properties sold for more than $ 5 million and a 5.5% tax on properties sold for more than $ 10 million.

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