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For decades, Skid Row has been a haven for thousands of homeless people who have no other place to go. In recent years, the city has tried to clean it up; crews have scrubbed streets and sidewalks, and police have confiscated possessions… but services for homeless people themselves leave a lot to be desired. There’s a meeting tonight at the Los Angeles Theatre Center to address those concerns. One city councilman says Los Angeles should have a bona fide Czar to work on behalf of the homeless, but what would that job entail?

Also, digging for gold in 1840s California… what was it really like?

Banner Image: Skid Row Mural in Downtown LA; Credit: Stephen Zeigler

Producers:
Claire Martin
Jenny Hamel

New Homeless Initiative: Will It Finally Be Effective? 16 MIN, 44 SEC

For years, the city and county have cycled through plans to help the homeless population of Los Angeles, many of whom live in Downtown’s Skid Row. The latest proposal is getting higher marks -- even from some critics who say conditions never seem to improve for the city’s homeless. The so-called $3.7M Operation Healthy Streets program is the latest effort to bring the city and county of LA together to work on this issue. Tonight, city and county representatives are discussing the next steps -- but are the voices of Skid Row locals being heard? And will this new plan stick?

Guests:
José Huizar, Los Angeles City Council (@josehuizar)
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News (@DowntownNews)
Jeff Page, Skid Row activist

The Gold Rush, Revisited 8 MIN, 38 SEC

California celeberated 164 years of statehood a few weeks back. Just before that time, in the late 1840s, California served as pan central for gold diggers who seeking a new American life and looking for their fortune. Of course, for the vast majority of them -- 49ers included -- that quest was none too simple or successful. Edward Dolnick is author of the new book, The Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853, which chronicles what those new California residents got when they arrived as gold diggers.

Guests:
Edward Dolnick, author, 'The Rush'

The Rush

Edward Dolnick

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