Nov 26

Free Clothing in West Hollywood

Annual Free Clothing Give-Away Sunday December 6, 2015

8:00 a.m. –  12:00 noon

Rain or Shine

National Council of Jewish Women Parking Lot

543 N. Fairfax Avenie

(1 block south of Melrose at Clinton)

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thousands of pieces of clothing – all free

No Suitcases, Backpacks or Bags Allowed

They will provide bags for you.

For More Information 323-651-2930

Free Clothing

Nov 18

Create Overnight Parking Lots Now!

City of Los Angeles Should Act Quickly To Provide Overnight Parking For Folks Living in Vehicles (FLIVS)

Now that the City of Los Angeles is moving forward to tackle the massive issues of homelessness, they could do one thing quickly that does not cost a lot of money and would go a long way to help out those living in their vehicles.  Here are a few suggestions from the Gypsy Cool Council:

1.  Find parking lots where FLIVS (Folks Living In Vehicles) can park safely overnight

2.  The lots should have some kind of bathroom facilities, at least porta-potties.

3.  Rules and hours clearly posted.  Suggest start at 6pm with all FLIVS to be out of the lot by 9:00am.

4.  No drinking or illegal drug use allowed.  No loud or bad-behavior will be tolerated.

5.  Security to be on site for the protection of the vehicle’s occupants.

6.  This is to be a place of refuge, not a place for police to troll the lot to issue citations for minor vehicle violations, like expired license tags.  These people need help of all kinds.  They do not need to have their situation made worse by cops harassing them over minor vehicle issues.

7.  Possibly social service folks could at times be on hand to provide whatever services are possible.

8.  Information should be made available about local places to get free or low-cost food.

The City could contact other cities who have run such overnight lots to learn from them about the issues that have surfaced, like trash and other problems.  San Diego and Santa Barbara have run these types of facilities in the past.

Another thing that could be immediately done is to revise the “No Overnight Parking” signs that the Department of Public Works has put up all over town.  An example would be Riverside Drive, south of Griffith Park, where FLIVS and especially RVs used to park. The City has posted “No Parking from 2am – 5am” signs, eliminating the street for overnight FLIVS.  These signs should be taken down.  The street can be controlled from permanent camping by simply having 2 hour parking from 9:am to 6pm signs put up.  It is really cruel and discriminating to put up signs all over the city to keep poor folks, visitors, and vacationers from parking in those areas at night.  The signs should start coming down now.

Posted by Uncle Paulie

If you have comments on this issue send to gypsycool@live.com

Nov 18

Los Angeles Homeless Capitol of America

City of Los Angeles To Appoint  “Czar” To Coordinate All City Activities for Homeless

On November 17, 2015 the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution to create a position to oversee all the City’s activities and departments dealing with the massive homeless problem. The resolution passed unanimously.

Homeless Motion

As the American economy continues to collapse for the poor and middle class, more and more folks are forced into the streets or to living in their vehicles.  Rents in major cities like Los Angeles continue to escalate, leading to an increase in folks with no hope of even getting a cheap apartment, much less a house.  Meanwhile, the City continues to defy logic by allowing thousands of luxury apartments to be constructed and thousands of houses to be “mansionized”.  If there really is a drought, then why is the City promoting the wild out-of-control construction of thousands of more housing units for the wealthy?

This is America.  We Don’t Need a “Czar”

Many questions remain unanswered.  The City claims that new Federal regulations from the various  bureaucracies have to be addressed by new coordinating efforts of the various City departments dealing with homeless issues.  No one has yet been named as the new “Czar” of the homeless.  The term itself is somewhat demeaning, it conjures up references to a long-ago time when Russia was ruled by a Czar, an absolute autocrat eventually toppled by a popular revolution that led to the creation of the Soviet Empire. This is America.  We don’t need a “Czar” – which is language actually used in the Council’s official motion.  A Department Director would be fine.

Aug 12

Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles

Bern Baby Bern!  Bernie Sanders Packs L.A.’s Sports Arena

Bernie Sanders packs the L.A. Sports Arena

Bernie Sanders packs the L.A. Sports Arena

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rolled into Los Angeles on Monday, August 10, 2015.  He had a message for the 1 percent who owns most of the wealth in the United States:  Things are about to change.  He is not going to tolerate millions of homeless folks and millions of food deprived children in this country while a few uber rich families have amassed billions, like the Walmart family that has as much wealth as the bottom 40%.  Click on the box below to listen to some clips from this event.

 

Mar 13

Burbank – North Hollywood Food Info Changes

Note These Changes To Your Food Sheets

Many Thanks to Ric for Sending These To Gypsy Cool

1) Time change: Beginning in August (2014) the meal provided on the 3rd Saturday at the Village Church (3216 W. Victory, Burbank) will move from 2 pm to 11 am. For the time being this is a permanent change.

2) Name change: Henceforth the church group that provides the meal on the last Sunday at the Amelia Earhart NOHO Park will be known as The Tapestry LA Church (i.e. no longer the New Life Community Church)

3) Besides some blankets, used clothing, a little bit of fruit, and bottled water brought to the NOHO park on Magnolia Street, on the final Sunday of each month, Angel Hanz always has a table with some pet supplies including food, collars, leashes and pet toys. Karen Hamza, who runs this organization, is only interested in providing these provision to the homeless for their pets. Karen often man’s this table herself, and generally doesn’t want to give out the pet
supplies unless she sees the pets with their owners at the park.

Jan 22

COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPEN

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Presents:

San Fernando Valley and Glendale Cold Weather Shelter

When:     Thursday December 11 2014 through March 15, 2015

Where:    Greater Community 2nd Missionary Baptist Church, 11066 Norris Ave. Pacoima.

Time:       Shelter Opens at 6p.m. and closes at 7a.m.

Pick Up:  5101 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, across fro the Home Depot.  This pick up is for Glendale Homeless ONLY.  Pick up time is 5pm.  Drop off time is 7:30 a.m.

Walk Ups:  Walk ins permitted, first come, first serve basis.  Line up at the Pacoima Shelter at 5:30 p.m., not earlier.

Amenities:  Hot Showers, Hot Dinner Hot Breakfast, Case Management, Security Safe, Warm Place to Sleep.

NOTE:  No Shopping arts allowed onsite.  Only one small bag per person allowed.

For Additional Information Call:  818-207-8776