Mike Bonin talks ‘safe camping’ proposal for unhoused Angelenos, responds to criticism

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An unhoused person sleeps in a park in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Amy Ta.

LA Councilman Mike Bonin, representing the Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Venice, is proposing that parts of some city-owned land, including parks and beach parking lots, be turned into sanctioned campground sites for unhoused Angelenos. But the idea is gaining criticism from some residents who want to keep the area free from encampments. KCRW speaks with Bonin about his proposal and the public outcry.