Seniors have given us the best years of their lives, building and contributing to the community we inherited. They are owed a big debt of gratitude, not a blind eye to those living with feces, urine and rotting food in rat-infested hovels. The red of the American flag we pledge allegiance to is a richer hue because of the sacrifice veterans have made to protect our freedom and defend our liberties. They risk their life and limbs on foreign battlefields and yet our state prisoners have a better living standard than these patriots being warehoused thirty deep in a single-family home garage.
How do we as a society deem hoarding of animals as inhumane yet overlook the suffering in these overcrowded human kennels?
LA City Councilmember Mitch Englander has shown valiance by re-starting the conversation on regulating these facilities. While an unfinished proposal, doing nothing is not an option. Rather than gut the legislation or fall prey to paralysis-by-analysis, the next 75-plus days of the CCF Working Group should be spent finding common ground on three key priorities (1) Protecting our most vulnerable; (2) Expanding housing opportunities; and (3) Updating decades-old City codes so it's enforceable. It is our duty. It will save lives. It is the LA thing to do.
Edward Headington is President of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council and testified at the recent CCFO hearing at LA City Hall.