In Ballona Creek, Homeless Are Building Permanent Encampment Under Del Rey Bridge
Sometimes a woman screams, as if she is being raped. Sometimes there are mysterious explosions, and smoke and the smell of burnt rubber rises from the bridge
December 25, 2021
Residents of the 5200 block of Centinela Avenue, where a bridge crosses the Ballona Creek, report that round the clock construction has been going on underneath the bridge. This according to KCAL 9 News, which covered the story in response calls from residents.
"Kristine Lazar reports from Del Rey where a group of residents who live along Ballona Creek say something has to be done about a growing homeless encampment. In order to compel city and county officials to take action, they started taking hours and hours of video of the area."
The homeless people who have taken up living under the bridge have tapped into the street lights for power, said one local resident. "They use circular saws round the clock, building housing underneath the bridge. Sometimes a woman screams, as if she is being raped. Sometimes there are mysterious explosions, and smoke and the smell of burnt rubber rises from the bridge," he said.
Such jerry rigged homeless construction happens in other places as well. But this particular location is both urban, and not in any particular incorporated city's jurisdiction.