A woman known as the ‘Governor’ of the notorious Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles has criticized city officials who destroyed her luxury tent last week.
The leveling off of her glamping digs will likely see Stephanie Arnold Williams forced to move into property she owns near San Pedro and 5th streets, living in a hotel in the meantime.
His house was known as ‘The White House’ among the locals as it came equipped with a hot tube, generator, solar panels, toilet, kitchen, sewing machines and a walk-in closet.
In a video posted to Twitter a week before authorities moved in, Williams showed off his home in a similar way to the popular MTV series Cribs. “Everyone should have one…You better do it right,” Williams said as she lay on her pristine white sheets.
“I call it the White House because the government is not doing its job properly, so I’m here to show you how to do it… you just sit around a round table and talk about things that don’t work,” he added. .
Stephanie Williams shows off her hot tub in a recent video that was posted on TikTok
In the recent video, Williams said: “Every person should have one… You better get it right.”
A crowd gathered to watch the house known in the area as The White House be taken away.
Williams’ house canopy is loaded onto the back of a dump truck.
Williams’ hot tub was one of many items that were destroyed.
The home of the mother-of-four was destroyed as part of what the Department of Sanitation and Environment has called a “routine cleanup,” reports ABC Los Angeles.
The station described crews dismantling several homeless encampments along Skid Row. The camera captured the moments when a dump truck crane grabbed the canopy of Williams’ store.
The canopy, along with the floor and walls of the house, were loaded onto the truck.
‘So I built my house right here on wheels. I was going to start building it for the homeless. They don’t want tiny houses here,” Williams told the assembled reporters.
speaking to Los Angeles Times, Williams said: ‘I said wait a minute, it’s on wheels. I can push it around the corner. We can push it to the street. We can do a lot of things besides demolish it.
On her Facebook page, Williams references one of her jobs as a “freedom fighter on Stop Police Brutality Now.”
Williams told the social issues publication red canary in a 2022 interview that he moved to Skid Row from his native Indianapolis in 2013 after getting involved in a ‘steal’ with local police.
She saying that an Indianapolis police officer broke her leg during an altercation in which she was accused of trespassing into her son’s apartment.
“We called the police because we had a family dispute, and when they came in, they said, ‘I hate black people,'” Williams said. She went on to claim that an officer handcuffed her and then proceeded to break her leg.
On her Facebook page, Stephanie Williams declares herself a freedom fighter against police brutality.
Spotless white sheets and bedspread at Williams’s
Williams speaking to the media the day her home was destroyed
Crews sweeping up rubble after the destruction of the Williams home
In an interview with LA Magazine, Williams said that on February 13, the day her home was destroyed, she was surrounded by members of the Los Angeles Police Department.
‘They didn’t offer me accommodation. They offered me nothing. They took my blankets, my contact lenses, all my food. They knocked over pots, pans, cups and things that I needed to eat,” Williams told the magazine.
He went on to say that he was given a 30-minute notice before the destruction and spent most of that time protesting with police officers.
TO GoFundMe Page has been created by Williams’ assistant Debra Reed to help her recover.
Williams also said that she is known locally as The Governor or Mama Stephanie. In November 2020, she wrote in a Facebook post that she had suffered a stroke.
‘I provide tents around me while people wait for accommodation. There are also protesters and a community policing team that helps police the community. And we are our own security,’ Williams continued.
“He was callous, he was mean-spirited and, in many ways, he was calculating. You had no less than 12 to 15 police officers, you had heavy equipment, and the (remediation crews) went out to essentially demolish that corner while putting down the tents across the street,” said Pete White, a witness to the demolition. Los Angeles Times.
Williams pictured on her Facebook page before moving to Skid Row in 2013
Williams posted this photo shortly after suffering a stroke in November 2020
The Times article goes on to say that a spokesperson for the Department of Public Works said all of Williams’ belongings were available for pickup at a storage facility.
“News images and videos on social media showed a dump truck crane damaging awnings as it pulled them off the sidewalk, and crews discarding tables used for the distribution of food and clothing,” the Times reported.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has committed to housing more than 17,000 homeless people in her first year by 2022 through a mix of temporary and permanent facilities.
On the same day as the LA Magazine interview, Williams spoke with a representative of the city’s Mayor’s Office for Homelessness, Jarvis Emerson. He told Williams that he did not know about the planned destruction.
‘I put wheels on my house so you can clean underneath. I’m the one who gets down on one knee and mops this floor with a mop. I use a toothbrush to get into the crevices. There’s not even a cigarette butt on this lot. I’m the best cleaner,” Williams said in her interview.
Earlier this week, Culver City officials voted 3-2 on Monday in favor of the tents and other structures, and the change will take effect when more homeless housing models become available, including a Project site. Room Key and a designated homeless area in Virginia. Parking lot.
Culver City is located just west of Los Angeles.
In total, there are about 100,000 homeless people in California. With other high concentrations in the northern part of the state in cities like San Francisco where almost 8,000 people sleep on the streets.
Homelessness is highly visible throughout California with people living in tents and cars and sleeping out in the open on sidewalks and under freeway overpasses.
Mayor Bass promised to house people and build more housing so residents can see a real difference, which has not been visible despite billions spent on programs to curb homelessness, including $1.2 billion in the budget current city.
The leading cause of death among the homeless in Los Angeles is drug overdoses, other leading causes include murder and suicide.
Between 2016 and 2021, fentanyl overdose deaths in Los Angeles County increased 1,280%, between 2019 and 2020 they increased 149% from 462 to 1,149, and 31% from 2021 to 1,504.