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Desperate to get rid of homeless people,
some are using prickly plants, fences, barriers

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Posted By: drive, 7/11/2019 6:46:36 AM

With dirt, they can weigh hundreds of pounds. The makeshift planter boxes are Peter Mozgo’s creations — roughly 140 of them lined up on the sidewalk to prevent homeless people from pitching tents outside his business. Mozgo acquires the boxes from a Bell Gardens company that imports ginger, paints them firetruck red, pays $120 per cubic yard for dirt and then uses a $900 trailer to haul it all back to his neighborhood on the south end of downtown Los Angeles. Like many L.A. residents and business owners, the 49-year-old says he is frustrated by the growing homelessness crisis — and the city’s often uneven response to it.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sunhan65 7/11/2019 7:42:27 AM (No. 120305)
Air horns. Blast them repeatedly until they clear the area. Work in groups. Tell them that it's all about freedom, man, and that air horns are your lifestyle choice. Be prepared to defend yourselves if the freaks attack.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: AltaD 7/11/2019 7:54:55 AM (No. 120317)
Based on the photos the large red planters aren't doing the trick. Also based on the photos I'd say that not everyone lounging on the planters is poverty stricken, at least two people appear to be using smart-phones.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: pros7767 7/11/2019 7:59:16 AM (No. 120322)
Perhaps the LA City Council would do better to have city agencies focus their energies on eliminating homelessness. That would eliminate the need for flower boxes and mesh fencing. But what do I know...
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40 7/11/2019 8:10:06 AM (No. 120333)
How about using your brains next time you go to the polls. Nothing else will work.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: mobyclik 7/11/2019 8:10:44 AM (No. 120334)
FTA: ''L.A. has struggled to stymie the growing number of obstructions that residents and business owners are creating to target homeless people.'' Isn't that something? The politicians in that crazy state are more concerned about the comfort of the bums than the taxpaying citizens and business owners! It's just beyond me why those same citizens don't revolt against their true enemies...the damnable crazy politicians. Baffling.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 7/11/2019 8:31:17 AM (No. 120361)
Trying to hold back the overflowing sewer that is LA.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: LadyHen 7/11/2019 9:02:12 AM (No. 120407)
An easy solution that requires no trip to Home Depot or even one drop of sweat on you brow, never pull the voting lever for a Democrat again. You're done. It's like magic, only better!!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LadyHen 7/11/2019 9:21:18 AM (No. 120431)
Forgive second post. NOTE the people waiting for the Catholic food bank/homeless shelter to open up, half are playing on their cell phones. Apparently they have money for THAT but not food for their 7 kids. /sigh I'm sorry for being hard hearted but I despise these free soup kitchen churches run. In our city the one near us is a homeless magnet and thus a panhandling, drug, and crime magnet. You can't walk on the sidewalk anywhere near that church. The church should have to pay for the extra police security and man hours needed to keep the residents and the nearby school safe since it's their "charity" that is causing this problem.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rather Read 7/11/2019 9:25:06 AM (No. 120440)
#8 that happened here too. The place was right next to the local library and things got really, really bad. Finally, they had to quit. Homeless people were drunk, drugged, disorderly and fighting and scaring library patrons off.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: felixcat 7/11/2019 10:05:30 AM (No. 120486)
#8 - You are not being hard hearted but realistic. We have a food bank in my small town and trust me and my husband volunteers there. Trust me - the people driving up in cars for the free (good quality) food are nowhere near starvation. If anything, they could lose some weight. There is no longer any shame in looking for and accepting freebies. In this economy, unless you are drugged out of your mind, you can find a job. These religious charities really are encouraging this bad behavior. And more than anything else, I hate when I go to a Safeway or Panera and I can't even place my order without being asked to donate to the local food bank. Well, I stop going to these businesses for that reason.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: dbdiva 7/11/2019 10:42:54 AM (No. 120538)
AMEN to #4 and #7!! Best of all their suggestion is a no cost option.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: RenoVet68 7/11/2019 10:52:56 AM (No. 120555)
There's always concertina and broken glass.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: gramma b 7/11/2019 1:11:53 PM (No. 120680)
Years ago, a store in downtown Salt Lake City had a problem with rough-looking gangs hanging out near their entrance. They weren't camping overnight, but they were a definite turnoff to shoppers. So the store began piping beautiful classical music outside. It worked. The gangs migrated someplace else. Maybe that would work in Los Angeles. If it didn't get rid of all the homeless, at least the remaining ones might have some taste.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ribicon 7/12/2019 10:54:22 AM (No. 121506)
The homeless get their smart phones for free, courtesy of GW Bush, the "compassionate conservative." His friend Carlos Slim fattened his wallet on that one.
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