First Lutheran Church
6952 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA
6952 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA
The class war is intensifying in Hollywood, as it is nation-wide. With millions of foreclosures each year, more and more people are being put on the street. Combined with the exporting of good jobs to China, it’s hard for many to survive on the minimum wage jobs that still exist, and especially since a lot of these are part-time jobs. Paying rent of $800 or more for a single apartment on a part-time minimum wage job is tough. More people than ever are living in their vehicles or on the street. One reason a lot of homeless go to Hollywood to “live” is that the image-myth of Hollywood attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, making pan-handling easier there than say, Pacoima or Long Beach.
But Hollywood continues to have a massive development scheme. Big buildings, condos, and towers continue to be built. Billions of dollars are pouring into the area’s real estate. And if there is one thing the real estate moguls don’t like to see, it’s homeless people. “It’s bad for business.” It gives the lie to the image of growth and success that the moguls are trying to polish up. If they don’t keep up the “Rah Rah” then their buildings may end up vacant. Although the breaking point of rents is fast approaching, the big investors who now own so much of Hollywood’s commercial and office buildings, seem to be oblivious to the further eroding of the economy. So the word is out: Get rid of the homeless. Push them out to somewhere else. Anywhere but Hollywood.
A Lesson From The History Books
One way is to take a lesson from the history books. When the American Imperial expansion was in full swing, the main obstacle was the Native American tribes, who had been residents of the land, now called “The United States of America”, for thousands of years. Solution: kill off the buffalo, food supply for the Natives. This ultimately weakened many tribes into submission and made them dependent on food from the government. This same tactic is now being pushed in the Hollywood area. Cut off the food supply, harass them at every turn, arrest them, push them out. This combined assault by the City of Los Angeles and it’s big business backers is now threatening the 27 year old Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC).
The GWHFC has fed about 200-300 folks a night for 27 years. Operating on the corner of Sycamore and Romaine in Hollywood, help is there with a hot meal and often with volunteers who help the seniors and homeless with issues like health, legal problems, and psychological counseling. Now comes the class war: the Health Department demanded that all the tables and chairs be removed from the sidewalks; microscopic inspection of the food prep building; citations for anything imaginable; cops trolling the food lines trying to find homeless who have warrants outstanding; cops and B.I.D. police hanging around looking to cite anyone. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to eat a meal in a Nazi food distribution during WW2 (if there even was one), then this is it. Even during the great depression, big mobsters like Al Capone set up food kitchens in Chicago and fed thousands on the streets. The politicians of today aren’t even as nice as the 30’s mobsters. They hate the thought of feeding anyone, other than their honorable selves, of course.
Homeless Treated Worse Than Animals by Cops, City Politicos
If you are a senior or homeless and would like a free hot meal at the GWHFC nightly food distro, get ready to be treated like a dog. Not by the good folks at the Food Coalition, who are trying to cope with this attack, but by a heartless, cruel City and their squadrons of Cops. There are no tables to sit down and enjoy a meal. You have to sit on the ground. There’s no place to wash your hands, no bathrooms or porta-poties. Men, women, and children grovel on the ground for their gruel because the Food Coalition can no longer put out chairs and tables.
Americans, Unlike Other Humans, Do Not Ever Have To Go To The Toilet – An Entire Nation of Anal Retentives
Business people and some residents complain about the damage done or the annoyance in the neighborhood. “I saw a homeless guy pissing on a tree.” What do you expect? There’s no bathrooms in the area and a lot of Hollywood businesses and restaurants try to keep them out of their bathrooms. If the City can’t provide some free bathrooms, then you get what you deserve. An outsider or visitor from another planet would notice right away that Americans never go to the bathroom. These places, if they exist at all, are hidden away in secret corners, even in Shopping Malls. Contrast this with Europe. Go to London or Paris. Bathrooms everywhere. In London the “Water Closets” are manned by old pensioners who exist on tips. They work shifts and keep the places clean. Think of all the seniors here in Hollywood. A lot of them would like a job like that, just as soon as America joins the rest of the civilized world. Meanwhile, it’s “piss-o-rama” on the back streets of Hollywood and will continue to be until the City of L.A. and the Hollywood business people wake up to THEIR responsibility to provide bathrooms FOR EVERYONE. (Hey, even the beloved tourists have to “go”) And they could also find a suitable building in the area of Romaine and Sycamore and let the good folks at the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition go about their humane efforts to feed the hungry. It is a responsibility for everyone to pitch in and help. So to the Hollywood Fat Cats and Moguls: call off the Cops and sour-faced bureaucrats and lend a hand in finding a solution. Make the world a better place by becoming anal-expulsive.
Hidden Camera Shows Cops Lining Up Homeless “Suspects” at Sycamore and Romaine
Free Saturday Lunches in Burbank
11am – Emmanuel Church 438 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank.
2:00 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 521 E. Olive Ave. Good Hot Lunch
Monster Thanksgiving Dinner at First Presbyterian Church – Gypsy Cool says that this was really delicious! He took a Photo to remember it during the hard times when all there is to eat is can of sardines.
2:00pm – Village Church, 3216 W. Victory Blvd, Burbank. Downstairs in the Rec Hall.
Last Saturday (ALWAYS THE LAST SATURDAY)
1:15pm – St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. 6th St., Burbank. These good folks who serve you usually pay for the food themselves. God bless them a thousand times over for their generosity.
When There Are 5 Saturdays then the 4th Saturday is at:
Noon – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 542 N. Buena Vista, Burbank.
Every Saturday Free Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00am – Burbank Church of Christ, 3012 W. Burbank Blvd.
3rd Sunday – Usually Sept. through June – Senior Lunch
12:15 pm – St. Finbar Catholic Church, Keystone and Olive Ave. (2010 W. Olive Ave.), Burbank.
Last Saturday Every Month – Senior Lunch
Ambrose and Vermont Ave. (Just south of Los Feliz), Hollywood. The Church there serves a hot lunch for seniors at 11 am. Good food according to seniors who have been there.
2nd and 4th Saturdays – Free Breakfast
ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH
7501 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Free breakfast every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Also offers counseling and referrals.
Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Feeds the Hungry
From their website:
Every night between 6:15 and 7:30 a community comes together at the barren street corner of Sycamore and Romaine, along the border of Hollywood and West Hollywood. On the one hand – on one side of the table – are the volunteers of The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, a broad-based grass-roots organization which for the past 25 years has served a hot, fresh, and nutritious meal every night to the homeless and hungry. On the other hand are between 150 and 200 men and women who have somehow or other fallen through the cracks, and for whom the meal they are about to eat, sumptuous as it is, might well be the only meal they have all day. The GWHFC is comprised of actors, producers, writers, artists, teachers, journalists, lawyers, housewives, and a corps of former “clients” who have all had a strong desire to give back by volunteering in Los Angeles. Serving a meal to the “homeless and hungry” is the smallest part of what we do. We meet them on their own turf, talk to them, and listen. We get to know them as individuals, and, little by little, in all kinds of ways, we then help them to think better of themselves and to not be shy about asking for specific, practical help – which the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, entirely unsystematically, then tries to provide. All together, volunteers and homeless, form a kind of microcosm of what the larger community ought to be, but now, in the big city, is no longer. The motto of the GWHFC is simply this (with no religious strings attached): I Am My Brother’s Keeper.
Their website is: www.gwhfc.org
Note: No Early Arrivals. Free hot meal and dessert to anyone in need.
Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 17114 Ventura Blvd., Encino.
Note: No Early Arrivals. Free Hot Meal and dessert.
Location: United Methodist Church, 5650 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Go North on Shoup just above Burbank Blvd., to Collins St. The church is on the corner, but take a right and go in to Fellowship Hall, actually on Collins
Skylight Books in Hollywood hosted the two authors of a new book “Hand-Crafted Candy Bars.” Susie Norris and Susan Heeger presented an evening of candy bar tasting that had the audience in high spirits. Like a wine-tasting, first a store bought candy bar like Snickers was served, then water to clean the palette, then pieces of home made Snickers type candy, concocted with a high grade chocolate and better ingredients, all without the preservatives and wax used in commercial bars. You can watch the entire event by clicking here: Candy Bars,
Or, watch the embedded version below. Skylight books in Hollywood still has signed copies of the book, www.skylightbooks.com.
Check out Sylight Books in Hollywood, click here: Skylight Books,
Homeless Dinner at Memorial Park, 85 East Holly St., Pasadena. Starts at 12:30pm – 6pm.
This is the 11th Annual Event
Volunteers needed (servers & security guards) at 10:00 a.m
JDFC web site: http://www.jdfc.us/
If you need food, go to the website of the L.A. Regional Foodbank and type in your zip code and you will get the locations of the nearest food pantrys.
Go to: www.lafoodbank.org
How is it possible, you say? This great, once bountiful country, now becoming mired in a continuing food crises threatening to collapse the middle class. Let’s go back in time a few years. America had a huge food surplus – we had a Strategic Food Reserve. This was abandoned and the government started a policy of paying people to NOT grow food. Big farmers and corporations raked in millions DOING NOTHING. Our wheat surplus was shipped to Russia and China, compliments of the US taxpayers. Now we have hundreds of charities – 565 according to the L.A. Food Bank – waiting for food for their hungry wards. This situation may be getting worse due to drought, climate change and other natural disasters. It is also estimated that in other parts of the world something like 100 million people are starving, Go to www.YardEats.com website for an analysis of Strategic Food Reserves and comments on the food shortages and what needs to be done.