We have been chronicling the absolute insanity surrounding the riddance of the homeless fortresses that took over beautiful Echo Lake Park near DTLA.
LAPD tactical units got involved, arrests were made, homeowners were pushed around and homeless activists held the area hostage with protests.
This area of Los Angeles was in absolute chaos this week.
Where was Mayor Eric “Yoga Pants” Garcetti ?
Los Angeles political leaders were quick to speak out after police descended on Echo Park Lake on Wednesday to help shut down a park that has been home to many homeless people: Some council members criticized activists for challenging police officers, while others questioned the police response.
One noticeably absent voice was that of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has largely stayed in the background amid the debate over the future of the park and its homeless occupants. Instead, Garcetti appears to have deferred to the local councilman, Mitch O’Farrell.
Garcetti wasn’t available for an interview Thursday, spokesman Alex Comisar said. He took part in an online panel about community-based public safety and participated in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting.
John & Ken talked to former LA Councilman Dennis Zine who was also a member of LAPD for 28 years. Dennis weighed in on the absence of Mayor Yoga Pants and why LA’s gruesome homeless situation keeps getting worse.