Following a number of large fires that put lives at risk, and a recent water rescue of a homeless man in the Sepulveda Basin on Christmas Day, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment crews are moving forward with an extensive cleanup effort of the Sepulveda Basin, which is focused on the final phase - 34 acres along Encino Creek.
Unlike other parts of the Sepulveda Basin that serve as both wildlife reserve and City Park and are open from dawn to dusk, Encino Creek is leased to LA Sanitation, is located in an active flood basin and is off-limits to the public 24/7.
The Sepulveda Basin is not made for human habitation and we are the next fire or flood away from losing lives. We must do everything in our power to avert that. As the fires and rainstorms have shown us, it is a major public safety risk to people living there, people who visit the site for recreational purposes and those who live in the surrounding communities. For everyone’s sake, it simply cannot continue.
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and LA Family Housing, which have been doing outreach in the basin since before our first cleanup in August, and LA Sanitation will continue their work in Encino Creek until it is complete. City of Los Angeles Park Rangers and LAPD Headquarters will continue to enforce our laws that prohibit overnight camping.
At the same time, I remain committed to building more supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Council District 6 is home to the most Supportive Housing for formerly homeless individuals in the entire San Fernando Valley and we have already surpassed the United Way and City Council’s Everyone In LA pledge with more than 300 new HHH units coming to the District. The residents of CD 6 have more than done their fair share, and we are committed to doing more.