Homeless encampment cleanups resume in some parts of LA

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City workers clear a homeless encampment on Beacon Street in San Pedro. Photo by Branimir Kvartuc.

One of LA’s largest homeless encampments was on a waterfront stretch of Beacon Street in San Pedro. For blocks, both sides of the street were lined with tents. But on Friday, the people living there had to pack all their things, fold their tents, and get out.

This was the first major cleanup of an encampment in four months. Until last week, the city was following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to move unhoused people during the pandemic unless it was into a safe indoor space. Then the City Council voted to resume sweeps in certain areas.