Statement of Facts:

White House Petition Calling for Federal Intervention
in the Los Angeles Homeless State of Emergency

This is a petition urging the White House execute immediate federal intervention under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution in the Los Angeles Homeless State of Emergency. The risk to the public safety, public health, environmental pollution and exposure to serious life-threatening illness has reached a stage where local government can no longer effectively enforce the law and guarantee the health and safety of the citizens of Los Angeles.

The Governor of the State of California, Gavin Newsom is urged by local and state representatives to declare a state of emergency in Los Angeles. However, the governor has not responded to calls for action from the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, members of the Los Angeles City Council, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, citizen advocates and others. This failure on emergency response has created a situation that is becoming more urgent.  

As of June 2019, nearly 59,000 residents are homeless in the City and County of Los Angeles. An estimated 44,000 are unsheltered. These numbers also include between 4,000 to 5,000 homeless veterans. The numbers represent residents who are willing to identify as homeless which suggests the numbers may be higher.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office states, beginning in 2014, to the end of August 2019, the death toll for homeless dying on the street is estimated at 4,278. This number represents an average of three deaths per day. By comparison, the homicide rate in Los Angeles averages one per day. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office also states, the rate at which the homeless are dying has doubled when compared to 2013. The leading cause of death is hypothermia with substance abuse and mental illness as contributing factors.

At this time, no major announcement or plans have been announced to aid the homeless population in the winter months, with open air tents and temporary shelters and warming centers. The risk of fatalities is expected to exceed 2018 by local officials and is estimated to be as much as 1,000 deaths or more for the year 2019.

Much of the homeless population is a threat to the public safety as the unstable portion of this population has caused violent crime to rise by 50% in 2018. This number is expected to be exceeded in 2019. Homeless encampments are also continuing to be a fire danger to the surrounding community, as highly flammable materials and combustible containers have presented an increased risk to fire danger.

According to the Los Angeles City Controller, treatment providers contracted by the City of Los Angeles are failing to meet required goals under the terms of their agreement with the City. Given these failures, medical professionals question whether the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles should be held accountable for failing to meet the required standard of care, mandated by the Hippocratic oath of medical professionals.

Without immediate action and the winter months approaching, serious spread of infectious disease and death on the streets of Los Angeles is inevitable. Therefore, the healthy population is continuously placed at risk, especially in areas where workforce is taking public transportation. An assessment must be made of environmental factors contributing to the risk of the public health. Illicit discharges present serious pollution of Los Angeles waterways and oceans. Bacteria levels from fecal contamination of the homeless population must be evaluated by EPA water tests.
The above stated facts are not preventable unless executive action is taken post haste. Residents of the City and County of Los Angeles are at an increased risk to violent crime, victimization, disease and unsafe communities in which families can thrive.

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