FROM Gale Holland
The long history of how LA's homeless crisis got to this point About 55,000 people are living on the streets and in the shelters of greater Los Angeles. Leaders have recently proposed emergency measures, like housing people in trailers downtown or turning motels into transitional homes. But a lot of these “new” ideas have failed in the past.
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.
Sleeping in Cars A federal court has struck down LA’s law that bans people from living in their cars. But will the law just get rewritten? We take a look at the homeless population that’s living in their cars and what lawmakers are likely to do now.
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.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”