TORRANCE — The City Council this week denied a request by a group wanting to collect clothing for the homeless at a city employee parking lot. The clothing drive was to be part of a protest of a Los Angeles County policy that penalizes welfare recipients who do not seek work.
City Manager LeRoy Jackson recommended against the request by the Homeless Organizing Team, which erected a tent city for the homeless in downtown Los Angeles last year, because he said it would cause traffic congestion and the group could not afford to buy liability insurance to protect the city.
Councilman Dan Walker said he also opposed the request because of the political implications and questioned the motive behind the clothing drive.
"What you are trying to do is admirable, but what you are talking about is using a public parking lot for a political purpose," Walker said.