Homeless encampments near LA City Hall moved ahead of mayoral inauguration for Karen Bass

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Friday, December 9, 2022
Homeless encampments near City Hall moved ahead of Bass inauguration
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Days before the mayoral inauguration for Karen Bass, crews were seen clearing homeless encampments near Los Angeles City Hall.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Days before the mayoral inauguration for Karen Bass, crews were seen clearing homeless encampments near Los Angeles City Hall.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, sanitation crews, outreach workers and other government employees worked to clear the encampment on 1st and Spring streets.

The individuals were loaded into vans and moved to the L.A. Grand Hotel, a federally-funded temporary homeless facility on Figueroa Street that is scheduled to shut down next month, the news outlet reported.

Homeless individuals told the Times that they were being moved ahead of the ceremony - a decision that apparently came from outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. Homeless outreach began in the area back in July.

Still, Eyewitness News cameras captured a few tents just steps away from City Hall Friday morning.

During her campaign, Bass repeatedly said addressing the city's homeless crisis would be one of her top priorities as mayor, and that she would take action on Day 1. She officially takes office on Monday.

Because of expected rain, the event on Sunday was moved to the Microsoft Theater, instead of on the steps of City Hall, as a precaution.

Bass will be the first woman to serve as mayor of Los Angeles and will be sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris.

ABC7 will have live coverage of the historic event on our 24/7 streaming channel, wherever you stream. Our coverage begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.