From Los Angeles:
I get it, I do. You don’t want people smoking drugs in front of your kids.
But drug addicted vagrants are not nice people.
This is a job for police.
And, I get that too. This is LA. You call the cops for something like this and they won’t show up.
You can’t assume other people to be reasonable and neighborly when they are in the middle of flagrantly breaking several laws.
Yes, the situation sucks and it makes you feel impotent to not be able to do anything, but that’s better than getting stabbed.