Out of the gate let me toss kudos to City Councilman Eric Garcetti for showing such an interest in Blogging.la. On several occasions he’s posted comments to B.la posts, and it’s decidedly refreshing to find a politician taking such an first-person interest in what’s going on in and around his district.
It was in that spirit of involvement and direct connection that I emailed Garcetti last week to explore the situation worsening beneath the Sunset Boulevard bridge over Silver Lake Boulevard and to inquire as to his thoughts and potential actions. See, a group of homeless people living under there block the east sidewalk with their carts and themselves, and make the west walkway almost as impassable and certainly more disgusting because that’s where they urinate and deficate. A lot. This combination of obstacles and grossness forces pedestrians to move out into traffic when they pass under the bridge.
So how did Garcetti respond? He didn’t. More than a week later, not a peep. Understanding that he’s a busy man and things happen to emails, there are no hard feelings and I’m not here to bag on him. I just figured rather than whipping off a second request to his email address, I’d post the ongoing dilemma here in a public place he’s been known to frequent and see what he might have to say.