Los Angeles ‘masking homeless crisis’ by cleaning up encampments by Super Bowl LVI site Sofi Stadium

Los Angeles cleaned up some homeless encampments near SoFi Stadium, where Super Bowl LVI will take place
Los Angeles cleaned up some homeless encampments near SoFi Stadium, where Super Bowl LVI will take place (Picture: Getty Images)

Homeless individuals and their encampments are being cleared from the Los Angeles area in close proximity to SoFi Stadium – a move that has been interpreted as masking the humanitarian crisis ahead of Super Bowl LVI.

Photos taken on Monday by TMZ near the 405 freeway, which is a couple of miles from the stadium, showed California Highway Patrol officers facilitating the removal of tents and rerouting traffic. Meanwhile, private contractors picked up items belonging to the homeless.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that officers began the cleanup operation on Monday morning.

‘With the Super Bowl just 3 weeks away… it certainly appears LA’s leadership is attempting to polish up areas that will be heavily trafficked, and possibly shown in aerial shots, on game day,’ TMZ wrote.

Aerial view of the So-Fi Stadium in the city of Inglewood in the Los Angeles area
Aerial view of the So-Fi Stadium in the city of Inglewood in the Los Angeles area (Picture: Getty Images)

The media outlet speculated that the cleanup was being done because ‘Los Angeles doesn’t want Super Bowl LVI visitors and viewers getting an up-close look at the city’s homeless problem’.

Cleanup efforts were also executed on Century Boulevard, which along with the 405 freeway is in a direct route from Los Angeles International Airport to SoFi Stadium. In addition, crews took down tents at a park nearby and were then reportedly set to target spots under the freeway, according to TMZ.

Planet Green, the company working to clean up the homeless encampments, specializes in emergency disaster and biohazardous waste removal.

‘The homeless crisis is a city-wide problem – and while it has previously been addressed in other areas, the current focus seems to be on shielding Super Bowl crowds from the truth… which is that LA has a very real humanitarian crisis on its hands,’ TMZ wrote.

A man walks past tents in Skid Row in Los Angeles, which has long had a homeless issue
A man walks past tents in Skid Row in Los Angeles, which has long had a homeless issue (Picture: Getty Images)

Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to take place on February 13 at the stadium in the city of Inglewood in the Los Angeles area. The four NFL teams still in the running for the Vince Lombardi trophy are the Los Angeles Rams, who play at SoFi Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

The halftime show is set to star Eminem, Mary J Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.

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