Los Angeles has the largest homeless population in the nation. There's 48,000 people on the streets in L.A., more than enough to replace each person in Beverly Hills -- and then some. (That would be somethin' ... ).
Interestingly, that gilded city would be surrounded by L.A. if it weren't for West Hollywood. This week the Beverly Hills Courier reports that the city's latest homeless count came up with ... 37 people on the mean streets of B.H.
How does Beverly Hills keep the homeless out?
It's not as if there's a Great Wall. And the Westside certainly has its share of people living on the street. Sadly, the Veterans Affairs complex, which provides services to many homeless vets, is a magnet for street people in West L.A.
And Santa Monica and Venice -- you all know they're a draw the homeless. They're a draw for everyone.
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In the city of L.A., police have to be careful about how they deal with homeless people. The ACLU got a settlement from the LAPD that essentially bars the department from rousting the homeless for no reason other than that they appear to be homeless.
Are Beverly Hills cops pushing homeless people across the line into L.A? Are they paying them to leave? Maybe there's a streets-to-(multi-million-dollar) homes program in B.H. we don't know about.
Of course, the police in B.H. are crack, and you can't park overnight on most streets. There's nowhere to hide in the gilded city.
By the way, the Courier reports that the number is down from 46 people on the streets two years ago.