Los Angeles City Council to consider ordinance that would give empty hotel rooms to homeless people


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Los Angeles City Council is expected to consider a proposed ordinance on Friday that would house homeless people in hotels alongside customers.

As part of the initiative, hotels in Los Angeles would be required to notify the city — before 2 p.m. daily — how many empty rooms they have for the night.

Local and national hotel and tourism executives say the measure could put the safety of hotel employees and guests at risk.

Council will have the option to approve the measure or put it on the ballot to let voters decide.

On Tuesday, council members voted to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycares in a meeting that was disrupted by protesters who said it criminalized homelessness.

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The council voted 11-3 to significantly expand an existing ban on sitting, sleeping or camping that currently only applies to council-specified child care centers and schools. The vote, which applies to both public and private schools, came after a previous vote last month failed to pass unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned for about an hour before the vote after dozens of people became unruly, at one point chanting “shut up!”

A second and final vote will still be needed next week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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