LA homeless crisis has created ‘gangster’s paradise,’ small business owner says

A Los Angeles restaurant owner who was attacked by a homeless person throwing excrement has blamed lawmakers for allowing a “gangster’s paradise” to flourish that is harming businesses.

Paul Scrivano told Fox 11 that he and other business owners have been ignored by the Los Angeles City Council when they complain about filthy conditions stemming from the homeless overrunning streets and neighborhoods. The results are conditions resembling a Third World country.


A homeless man sits at his street-side tent by the Interstate 110 freeway along the downtown Los Angeles skyline.

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“The city has no interest in taking care of any of their property. It’s all destroyed, along with every piece of city furniture. And street furniture is destroyed along Ventura Boulevard. Businesses are closed, glass [is broken]graffiti,” he said.

Scrivano gave the interview as a last resort after feces was thrown at him by a man who continues to defecate on the sidewalk. His councilwoman, Nithya Raman, has refused to respond to complaints or social media reports and instead told him to stop sending video proof of such incidents, Scrivano said.

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“I can’t blame [the homeless]. It’s not that there’s something wrong with them — they have mental issues,” Scrivano said. “The fault lies squarely with the legislative process here in Los Angeles, which says, basically, they’re not going to pass judgment on any bad behavior anymore.”

Local attorney Larry Slade added that council members are unresponsive to complaints.

Police have told business owners that they can’t do anything about the public defecation, urination, and trespassing. However, they did arrest the man responsible for the attack, though he is likely back on the streets because the charge is a misdemeanor — not something District Attorney George Gascon will prosecute.

Raman’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment, nor did they offer a comment to Fox News. Two mayoral candidates debated Thursday and listed homelessness as their top concern, yet the city continues to break under its weight.

Los Angeles County has the second-highest homeless rate in the nation behind New York, with 41,980 people on the streets — a 4% increase over 2020, a report released this month revealed.

Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) welcomed the world’s homeless population to California, saying they would be “taken care of.”

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Scrivano is seeing this first-hand as he says hordes of homeless people stream into Los Angeles on buses.

“At the Greyhound bus station in downtown Los Angeles, coming from all over the country on one-way bus tickets from judges and sheriffs from around the country, saying, ‘Come to Los Angeles — it’s a gangster’s paradise,'” he said.

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