Not everyone in Koreatown is on board with the city’s proposed emergency homeless shelter at 682 S. Vermont Ave.
Ron Kim is a homeowner, attorney and spokesman for “No Shelter in Koreatown” and he says they’re angry that this location was decided without any input from their community.
“First of all, I think we could all agree the problem of the situation with the homeless is real and a national tragedy. But, it calls for a really comprehensive solution. It does not call for targeting one portion of one city council person’s district, CD 10 of Herb Wesson’s district, the Koreatown portion of his district. Not the South LA portion of his district or other portions of his district, but to focus only on Koreatown and in effect, ambush us by subjecting us to an unfair process where we have not been allowed a single public hearing for our concerns to be voiced. It’s a fundamentally unfair process.”
Kim says his group is demanding a public hearing.
The Koreatown facility, which was announced by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti after declaring an emergency shelter crisis, is part of his $20 million campaign to open new shelters across the city.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News