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Homelessness in LA County has increased by 12% in the past two years — to 44,000, more than the populations of many local cities. Official blame goes to slow economic recovery, but people who work with the homeless say public agencies aren't doing their jobs or spending enough in the right ways.

Also, hear how Orange County got its name.

Photo: Robin Kanouse

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

A Shameful Problem that's Getting Worse 20 MIN, 16 SEC

For decades, local officials have promised to end homelessness, but the number — in shelters, on the streets and in alleys -- continues to rise. In the past two years, they're up by 12% in Los Angeles County to more than 44,000 people -- men, women and children. That's according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, or LAHSA, an agency jointly established by the City and County, which has just completed its latest survey.

Guests:
Peter Lynn, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (@LAHomeless)
Steve Clare, Venice Community Housing Corporation
Suzanne Wenzel, USC School of Social Work (@uscsocialwork)

More:
LA Times editorial on criminalizing homelessness in LA
City Administrative Officer on homelessness and the City of Los Angeles

How Orange County Got Its Name… and Lost Its Oranges 5 MIN, 7 SEC

One hundred years ago, orange groves were described as "a second gold rush" in California, and they helped add to local prosperity and population growth. But looking at Orange County today, you'd hardly know how it got its name. Independent producer Daniel A. Gross has a report.


Nick Spain stands beside the Old Sexlinger Orchard, the last intact citrus plot in Orange County.
Photo: Daniel A. Gross

Daniel's report comes to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project. For more pictures of Southern California orchards then and now, go to the Which Way, LA blog.

Guests:
Daniel A. Gross, Independent Producer (@readwriteradio)

More:
California Citrus State Historic Park
Old Orchard Conservancy

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