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

A Los Angeles restaurant owner who was attacked by a homeless man throwing feces has blamed lawmakers for allowing a “gangster’s paradise” to thrive, hurting 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 the disgusting conditions resulting from overrun streets and neighborhoods of homelessness. The results are conditions resembling a third world country.


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

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“The city has no interest in looking after their property. Everything is destroyed, as well as all the furniture in the city. And the street furniture is destroyed along Ventura Boulevard. The businesses are closed, the 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 adviser, Nithya Raman, declined to respond to complaints or social media reports and instead told him to stop sending video evidence of such incidents, Scrivano said.

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

Local attorney Larry Slade added that council members don’t respond to complaints.

Police told business owners there was nothing they could do about public defecation, urination and trespassing. However, they have arrested the man responsible for the attack, although he is likely back on the streets because the charge is a misdemeanor – not something District Attorney George Gascon will pursue.

Raman’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment, nor did Fox News offer comment. Two mayoral candidates debated Thursday and said homelessness was their top concern, but the city continues to cave under its weight.

Los Angeles County has the second-highest homelessness rate in the nation behind New York City, with 41,980 people on the streets – a 4% increase from 2020, a report released this month found.

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

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Scrivano sees this firsthand as he says hordes of homeless people are pouring into Los Angeles on buses.

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

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