The wood-beamed encampment
is covered with tarps. According
to a Ledger source, there are
three “doors” to the encampment,
one where drugs and money are
exchanged. In the background, is
Barnsdall Art Park, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. (Photo:
Allison B. Cohen, Los Feliz
The Los Feliz Ledger reports that a homeless encampment on North Berendo Street and
Hollywood Boulevard is being run by a street gang listed among the top 10 most
dangerous in Los Angeles. According to the blistering editorial, the gang operates an
open-air drug market. There is prostitution, weapons are brandished and shots fired, fires
are frequent and there is an ongoing turf war. Editor Allison Cohen took Councilmember
Nithya Raman to task for ignoring nearby residents’ pleas for help since she took office in
December and noted, “If the gang element is not removed from Berendo as soon as
possible, the city of Los Angeles can expect a lawsuit on the issue, and Raman, a recall.”
Read the editorial here.
Two anonymous Los Feliz residents affected by the encampment spoke out on radio
station KFI’s John and Ken Show.
Listen to the segment here.