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Investigation: Homeless Damaged Hotel, Cost City of Los Angeles $94.5 Million

By Adam Andrzejewski

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The number of homeless people in Los Angeles has increased so much that it necessitated housing people in the 294-room boutique Mayfair Hotel, where they caused $11.5 million in damage.

Homeless guests shattered windows, vandalized bathrooms, and tore carpet off the floor, The Los Angeles Times reported. The Mayfair Hotel participated in Project Roomkey, a federally funded program that turned LA hotels temporary homeless shelters.

The property damage was coupled with aggressive and violent behavior, with homeless people threatening staff, destroying property, screaming, and yelling obscenities. One instance relayed to the Times involved a male resident assaulting another resident and being escorted away by police.

The property damage to the hotel is costing the city $11.5 million, and the city plans to spend another $83 million to buy, renovate, and upgrade the property and convert it into homeless housing once again.

However, residents, business and property owners are objecting to the move, saying they don’t want to see the same conditions hurt their community again.

“The neighborhood is still recovering from Project Roomkey,” said Ruben Lares, who lives across from the hotel, The Times reported. “The purchase of the Mayfair would just completely destroy the community once again.”

At a recent townhall meeting, residents described seeing open-air drug use, discarded hypodermic needles, antisocial behavior, and criminal activity, The Times reported.

Mayor Karen Bass has said the hotel will be “completely different” from Project Roomkey once it is city-owned and coupled with critical social services. But it’s doubtful the planned relocating of people from Skid Row to the hotel will improve the neighborhood.

Cities spending tens of millions of dollars to house homeless individuals — in many cases, drug users — need to also consider the needs of the people who already live and work in those neighborhoods.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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