Frustrated business owners in Hollywood are urging the city to address a rapidly expanding homeless encampment near Martel Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Despite the city clearing out the encampment around a year ago, it has revived and continues to grow.
Business owners have resorted to hiring private security due to escalating concerns. Kiara Randolph, a business owner in the area, shared incidents of harassment and theft from the past.
Residents are equally dismayed by the situation. Despite California’s substantial expenditure of over $20 billion on homelessness programs in the last three years, the reality is that there has been no improvement, exacerbating frustrations among affected communities.