Re: Homeless commune closed

Mike Steindel (
Sun, 23 May 1999 02:34:51 -0700 (PDT)

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How typical of city government. They get a few complaints from
homeowners who are terrified of the homeless due to the hatchet job
commited by the media. In fact we are not even people we are "homeless
people". So in comes the cops, the fire dept, the sanitation dept and an
entire crew of councilmen to deal with the problem of the homeless
infringing on the homed people by camping to close. 

Instead of hiring anymore cops or security to give the heave ho to the
unhoused, how about toilets, showers and laundry facilities. I think its
about time that cities cater to the needs of all the citizens. 

There is a very large number of unhomed in Los Angeles larger than what
is reported who need to register to vote. Its time to shake up the city
fathers from there deep sleep of denial. I further think that the
homeless are being denied there constitutionaly gauranteed right to bear
arms since they have no were to keep them and will more than likely have
a hard time getting carry permits. I just think that an armed and
registered to vote group is more difficult to shove aside. mike

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--WebTV-Mail-605315687-4993 Content-Disposition: Inline Content-Type: Message/RFC822 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit Received: from ( by; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:15:05 -0700 (PDT) Return-Path: Received: from ( []) by (8.8.8/ms.graham.14Aug97) with ESMTP id CAA11304 for ; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:15:04 -0700 (PDT) Received: from ( []) by (PMDF V5.2-31 #31135) id <> (original mail from for; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:14:56 -0700 (MST) Received: from ( []) by (PMDF V5.2-31 #31135) with ESMTP id <>; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:14:53 -0700 (MST) Received: from ( []) by (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id CAA08573; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:15:51 -0700 (MST) Received: (from majordom@localhost) by (8.9.1/8.9.1 +antirelay (sneak 11/19/98)) id CAA14743 for hpn-outgoing; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:15:25 -0700 (MST) Received: from ( []) by (8.9.1/8.9.1 +antirelay (sneak 11/19/98)) with ESMTP id CAA14738 for ; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:15:21 -0700 (MST) Received: from [] ( []) by (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id CAA25449; Sun, 23 May 1999 02:14:44 -0700 (PDT) Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 02:14:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Tom Boland Subject: Homeless commune closed by LA property owner: Jurassic Park FWD Sender: X-Sender: To: "HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK list" , Food Not Bombs list Message-id: MIME-version: 1.0 Content-type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" Precedence: bulk X-Authentication-warning: majordom set sender to using -f *********************************************************** HOMELESS PEOPLE'S VIEWS, News, Alerts, Actions & Research 5,000+ ONLINE posts by or via homeless & ex-homeless people HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK *********************************************************** 8EDT0022.DTL&type=printable HOMELESS COMMUNE CALLED `JURASSIC PARK' CLOSED BY PROPERTY OWNER May 22, 1999 [California, USA] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A homeless tree-shaded commune fondly referred to as ``Jurassic Park'' is now extinct after the area was shut down by the property's owner. For at least a decade, inhabitants lived in the creek-lined ravine alongside the Foothill Freeway in a 50-foot-long cluster of plywood and tarp dwellings. The homeless encampment was one of several in the foothill communities of Tujunga and Sunland, some 12 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The area was outfitted with a central mess tent for mealtime and an old tub for bathing. An outdoor living room had area rugs and a plywood table. Three married couples and a former Vietnam War medic were among the homeless there. But nearby residents complained recently and by Friday the dwelling was empty. ``No trespassing'' signs were posted, and the area's 14 remaining residents were told to leave the day before. The property's owner hired a contractor to clear the area of brush and structures Monday, said Pat Davenport, a deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs. City fire officials recommended a closure by July 1 because of brush fire danger. Fire and public health concerns were something new, said former inhabitant Charles Bolin, a 50-year-old Vietnam veteran. The inhabitants have been ``out of sight and out of mind'' for 12 years, he said. ``We were a family. It all worked,'' said former inhabitant Charles Bolin, a 50-year-old Vietnam veteran. Residents pooled their money for groceries and sundries, one person was assigned fire detail, and the community handled problems by democratic consensus. The area was called Jurassic Park by some because of the wild animals that roam there, including deer, rabbits and coyotes. Officials are hoping to find alternative housing for those displaced by the closure. On Thursday, the homeless will be transported to a Tujunga park for a meeting with shelter and social services agencies, Davenport said. The camp's closure became a reality for some a few weeks ago. Police officers and city officials visited the homeless there. Some dwellers decided to leave then, packing their belongings in suitcases and it was unknown where they went. For Bolin, his future is unclear since he does not like shelters. ``Maybe it's a push to get us to do something,'' Bolin said, packing an American flag and a few other cherished possessions. ``I don't know. Maybe it will push us down farther.'' END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK 5,000+ POSTS by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy --WebTV-Mail-605315687-4993--