Allison Holdorff Polhill Blasts Bonin’s Vote Against Anti-Camping Policies on School Campuses

LOS ANGELES, CA – Candidate for Council District 11 Allison Holdorff Polhill released the following statement after incumbent Councilmember Mike Bonin voted against expanding the city’s anti-camping law to apply to schools and daycare centers:

“I jumped into this race to protect our students and their families. It is outrageous to learn today that our current councilmember still refuses to take steps to make sure our kids can safely walk to and attend school. His refusal to vote in favor of expanding the anti-camping law to cover hundreds, possibly thousands, of educational facilities is grossly irresponsible. And, his decision shows an utter lack of concern for our students’ safety at a time when school safety is of paramount concern. Superintendent Carvahlo testified today that students ‘have been witnessing behavior that threatens to cause trauma and to harm cognitive development.’ This is exactly what I learned first-hand from administrators, teachers, and parents over the past few years. Kids have been harmed by encampments lining our schools. 

“When students went back to school after the pandemic, many schools were lined with homeless encampments. I had to take steps to remove dangerous encampments because our current council member was not prioritizing the safety of our children at their school sites. The tipping point for me was when 47 used needles were found in one day lining the perimeter of an elementary and preschool in Venice where 2, 3, and 4 year-olds walk to school. Kids and communities throughout the city are exposed to unsafe conditions related to homeless encampments near schools and parks. As the Chief Advisor for the Vice President of LA Unified, I took hundreds of calls from the families and principals pleading for assistance. 

“The schools were put on lock down repeatedly because students witnessed fights, drug use, and inappropriate behavior. Students have been traumatized by these events. Administrators and teachers had to focus on safety and security rather than instruction. Principals and families had their lives threatened. Faculty and staff were trained to pick up used needles and the District had to spend thousands of dollars on privacy fencing to shield the students from witnessing inappropriate conduct. I was fed up with the failure to act and protect our kids and community. That’s when I decided to run for City Council.”