Beatdown by the 405

A masked brigade of thugs descended on a Van Nuys homeless encampment Saturday and administered an indiscriminate, day-long beatdown on garbage.

Wielding shovels and white uniforms they laid waste to waste, detritus of all forms: syringes, month old sweet and sour pork, used batteries and piss jugs fattened by sunlight.

No one invited them.  Some brazenly wore MAGA hats, in defiance of local codes.

“I figured if I was ever going wear mine in LA, this would be the day”, said a woman from Santa Clarita.

Patrick, a self-described “red-pilled black man” drove from Loma Linda to get in on the action.

Looking at moments like a post-apocalyptic religious cult, they shamelessly swarmed the garbage field in plain view of its creators, the people of the tent favela a short distance away.

By afternoon,  eight tons of garbage were dispatched into two giant containers.  The field was scraped down to the gravel.

As their eco-system shrank by the minute, newly homeless rats burst from bags and scampered in circles in search of safety. Fresh dank dark places were in short supply.

Looming over the fascistic process of cleanliness was a mysterious leader named Scott who exerted a Svengali-like hold on the garbage beaters. “Thank you for helping out”,  he would tell them as they removed their hazmat suits.  “Thank you, Scott, for organizing this”, they would reply.

Then they touched elbows in lieu of shaking hands, as though speaking in code.

*before photo courtesy of Pacific Pundit

7 thoughts on “Beatdown by the 405”

  1. A study released in June 2019 by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) found that homelessness compared to the previous year surged by 16 percent to nearly 60,000 homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.

    Recent legal decisions in the Ninth Circuit limiting enforcement capability of LAPD to remove homeless encampments has contributed to the crisis. Garcetti responded to the report by saying “Skyrocketing rents statewide and federal disinvestment in affordable housing, combined with an epidemic of untreated trauma and mental illness, is pushing people into homelessness faster than they can be lifted out,”

    1. The Boise decision is being willfully misinterpreted by the City. It allows for much greater latitude in enforcement against camping than claimed. It also can and should be appealed en banc to the full Ninth circuit, if necessary the Supreme Court

  2. Interesting political times have impacted practical local civics. Abstractly, there is a reasonable argument that the Republican Party represents a more centralized national control of governance whereas the Democratic Party represents a more localized control of governance. In such a context, voters get to decide what is a more appropriate form of government given practical realities. Are local governments more responsive? Potentially, as they are closer to the issues. Do local governments over reach and are they prone to corruption? It seems to be part of the social mechanics of popularity and the desire for power. Perhaps at the Federal level there are similar issues, but the detachment might facilitate a degree of objectivity and organization among states as well. Personally, it seems that there is a bureaucratic structure that inhibits local civics unless it demonstrates fealty to local politicians. Independently volunteering to cut problem trees or perform maintenance of community facilities undermines patronage contracts. Many of the organizations that would facilitate such volunteering seem to function more as qualifiers for social mobility – a job in a patron firm or a position with a patron educational or professional institution. In my opinion, the Republicans since the era of Lincoln have a well earned reputation for craven behavior, whereas the Democrat’s will to power tends to pervert copious good intentions from being good deeds and administration. At the local level, it would be very constructive to have a viable, Republican Party. The lack of viable local opposition party delegitimizes and undermines the democratic process. This is encouraging and constructive behavior both from a civic and political standpoint.

    1. Yes it was constructive. No coverage in the Times. The earlier cleanup in Baltimore organized by Scott Presler received national press.

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