The Los Angeles City Council approved a law Wednesday to rein in the tent-and-tarpaulin encampments whose dramatic spread has raised the political stakes of handling one of the nation’s worst homeless crises.
The ordinance — a revised version of the law known as 56.11 that was adopted in June — limits storage on sidewalks, parkways and alleys citywide to what homeless people can fit in a 60-gallon container, about the size of a city recycling or trash bin.
The measure passed on a 13-1 vote, with Councilman Gil Cedillo opposing.
The council backed off even stricter rules that would have limited homeless people to what they could carry in a backpack, if the city provided storage for other belongings. But the law allows the city to clamp down in this way in the future.
City Councilman Joe Buscaino said the measure balanced the city’s need for safe and clean streets with homeless people’s personal property rights.