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The LA City Council finally came through today on a promise made eight weeks ago to the homeless — declaring a "shelter crisis." But property owners in Venice are among those angry because of provisions that "decriminalize" homelessness to protect federal funding, and the council still doesn't know where to find $100 million to provide shelters and build new housing.  

Later on the program, half of America's governors and House Speaker Paul Ryan say refugees from Syria may be dangerous to Americans. We hear how screening for security is working now.

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Charlotte Duren

One Small Step toward Housing the Homeless 16 MIN, 13 SEC

The LA City Council today made good on an eight-week-old promise. It declared a "shelter crisis," designed to pave the way to temporary housing for some 19,000 people who sleep on the streets of the city. We hear from a reporter covering the story, a councilman who put forth the plan, and from homeowners and advocates for the homeless.

Guests:
Kirk Siegler, NPR (@KirkSiegler)
Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Council (@gilcedillocd1)
Mark Ryavec, Venice Stakeholders Association
Pete White, Los Angeles Community Action Network (@lacanetwork)
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)

More:
NPR on LA combatting homelessness
Councilman Buscaino's homeless plan
Community Action Network's call for housing, not handcuffs

How Syrian Refugees Are Screened 5 MIN, 45 SEC

Friday's attacks on Paris were organized by ISIS in Syria.  Now 31 American Governors — including all the Republicans — say they don't want more Syrian refugees in their states.  House Speaker Paul Ryan has called for a "pause" until the vetting process can be assessed for security.  David Murphy, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, explains how refugees are screened.

Guests:
David Murphy, International Rescue Committee (@theirc)

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