FROM Gale Holland
Homelessness: A Local Approach to a Global Crisis Lloyd Pendleton left a job with the Ford Motor Company for the Welfare Department of the Church of Latter Day Saints. In 2006, he took over Utah's Homeless Task Force with the goal of ending chronic homeless in the next ten years. So far, he's cut it by 91%. Today, he's visiting Los Angeles and joining our program.
New Study Finds Growing Homeless Population A new study paints a bleak picture of LA County’s homeless situation. There are 13,000 new homeless people a month, according to the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit research group based in L.A. Driving around, you’ve probably seen evidence of this: encampments under overpasses, and streets lined with overflowing shopping carts. Two city ordinances aimed at cleaning things up were implemented in July. But they’re controversial, confusing, and unevenly enforced.
LA Puts a Price Tag on Homelessness: $100 Million a Year This week, for the first time ever, Los Angeles put a dollar amount on its homeless problem: $100 million. That’s what the city spends every year on the city’s 23,000 homeless people, according to a new report from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. He also found that the money doesn’t go where you might think. Most of it is spent on law enforcement, not housing, food, or social services. We get the details of the study and take a look at where we are in building new housing for the homeless.
Should VA Property Be Used for Veterans Only? Los Angeles County has the most homeless veterans of any place in the country: 6,300 by the latest count. It also has 387 highly valuable acres of property in West Los Angeles, on the fringe of Westwood near UCLA. They are supposed to be used for veterans' healthcare — and they do include a big hospital. But other parts of the property are in dispute, and a federal judge has ruled that the VA has leased them for purposes "totally divorced from the provision of healthcare."
Southern California’s Beach Firepits: Should They Stay or Go? One of America’s most controversial writers and editors died in New York this morning at the age of 90. Helen Gurley Brown published “Sex and the Single Girl” in 1962 and was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years. She was hailed as a champion of women’s rights and denounced by feminist leaders, including Gloria Steinem.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.