CVS is shuttering the MinuteClinic inside its Santa Monica Boulevard/La Cienega location, a sign that the clock may be running out on the CVS itself.
The pharmacy chain will close 24 of the clinics — which provide first aid, vaccinations, lab tests and screenings — across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties by February 25.
The CVS sits at the top of one of West Hollywood’s busiest intersections, but in recent years it has become a magnet for the homeless. The city is converting the former motel next door into interim housing and intends to build a central homeless shelter soon — perhaps at the former IHOP next door to the motel, which itself recently closed.
If the entire CVS exits, the city might have a once-in-a-lifetime ability to transform the entire block into facilities for the homeless, a jackpot for the myriad organizations and contractors who profit from the taxpayer dollars earmarked to stop the problem.