Homeless Encampments in Venice Cleaned Up Ahead of Presidential Debate

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Residents in Venice say they're seeing lots of cleanups at homeless camps near Loyola Marymount University ahead of Thursday's Democratic debate.

Seven Democrats are scheduled to take the stage tonight for the last Democratic debate of 2019, less than a month ahead of the crucial Iowa caucuses.

Dump trucks, homeless service workers and police have been cleaning up encampments

"They usually have, along Grandview, all kinds of homeless people in tents and everything," one resident told KFI's Andrew Mollenbeck.

"It's completely different," another resident said. "For the most part, the city does little to nothing to combat that unless there's a media spotlight on Santa Monica, and/or Venice."

Councilman Mike Bonin's office told KFI that they aren't aware of any additional cleanups.

The cleanups have come before the debate hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico at Loyola Marymount University, which can be seen tonight, starting at 5 p.m. PT.

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