Santa Monica Merchants: Runaways "Harass" Patrons, Need

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 11:49:33 -0700 (PDT)


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INFO REQUEST from Homeless People's Network "listowner" at <wgcp@earthlink.net>

Can anyone send me details and links on what's up between homeless people
and the BAYSIDE DISTRICT CORPORATION business association in Santa Monica,
CA, USA?

If so, thanks in advance.

Seeking peaceful means to homeless peoples' aims. -- Tom Boland, HPN listserver

See below for a related article:

http://www.latimes.com:80/excite/990617/t000054394.html
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Thursday, June 17, 1999
     The Local Review / Developments in Los Angeles County

     MERCHANTS SEEK SERVICES FOR HOMELESS YOUTHS
                    
SANTA MONICA - Business owners on the Third Street Promenade, concerned that
runaway and homeless youths are harassing patrons and littering their
shopping district, have asked social agencies and city officials for help
in finding services for the youths.

Santa Monica is known nationally by homeless and runaways for its
temperate climate and tolerant community. The Third Street Promenade has
become a main attraction for runaways.

Although police have increased enforcement of laws that prohibit
aggressive panhandling, more social services are needed to address the
needs of the young homeless, said Kathleen Rawson, executive director of
the Bayside District Corp.

"They congregate and frankly, they trash the place," Rawson said.
"It's despicable. There are a few who become more and more verbally
abusive."

Thirty people gathered in the Ken Edwards Center on Tuesday night for
a meeting of the Bayside District Corp., a group of Promenade business
owners, and the Santa Monica Social Services Commission.

"Santa Monica is a hub for homeless youths, much the way Hollywood
used to be," said Nick Taylor, risk reduction coordinator for the Los
Angeles Youth Network After two hours of discussion, the group agreed to
monitor a pilot program for runaway youths scheduled to begin in
September at the Ocean Park Community Center. If it proves successful,
the city may consider funding a drop-in center for homeless young people
and outreach counselors.

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