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LA's homeless population is on the increase, especially downtown and along Venice Beach.  Those neighborhoods are more upscale than they used to be, and complaints about unsafe and unsightly homeless encampments are increasing, too.  Now the City Council is making it easier to break up those encampments — in the process making it harder for homeless people to keep track of what possessions they have. 

Also, a student of LA's "Car Culture," who snaps portraits of unsuspecting drivers at stoplights. We hear why he does it and how his subjects react…when they notice.

Photo: LAPD officers on a Skid Row homeless sweep. (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Christine Detz

LA City Hall Takes on the Homeless 16 MIN, 39 SEC

LA's homeless population has increased by 12% according to the Homeless Services Authority. The City Council has established an ad hoc committee on homelessness, which will hold its first meeting tomorrow. Meantime, the Council has tentatively approved two new ordinances making it easier for authorities to break up encampments — and harder for homeless people to keep track of their possessions. José Huizar represents the 14th Council District, which has more homeless people than any other. He's also chair of the new ad hoc committee on homelessness.


Photo by Timothy Krause


Photo by Timothy Krause


Photo by KCRW's Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
José Huizar, Los Angeles City Council (@josehuizar)
Deborah LaShever, activist with the homeless (@BohoExchange)
Deon Joseph, Los Angeles Police Department (@DeonJoseph1)

More:
Huizar on the success of Operation Healthy Streets
Safer Cities Initiative

Capturing Car Culture Candidly in LA 7 MIN, 21 SEC

There is a photographer in Los Angeles roaming the streets with two cars, one for taking pictures and the other for lighting. The result is a series of some 800 portraits of drivers in what the photographer calls "those introspective moments we all have in our cars." Jonathan Castillo and his project were profiled recently in Wired magazine.

You can find a link to more of Jonathan's pictures on our website.

Guests:
Jonathan Castillo, freelance photographer

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