FROM Pete White
One Small Step toward Housing the Homeless 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.
Los Angeles Declares a "State of Emergency" on Homelessness Homelessness has increased by some 12% in Los Angeles since last year. The 4000 people downtown on Skid Row are just 15% of the total on the streets of the city. Today, members of a City Council committee called homeless an "emergency," and called for $100 million for housing and other services.
Fatal Shootings and Retraining at the LAPD This year, LAPD officers have shot 22 people — up from an average of 15 or 16 in the first half of recent years. Jason Davis, a homeless man shot in a Venice coffee shop Monday, died last night, bringing this year's death toll to 11. Chief Charlie Beck says last summer's shooting death of Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man, was "an important incident in the history of the LAPD." It's apparently what led to what Beck calls a "refresher" course in the use of force for all 10,000 officers — beginning this week.
Hospitals, the Homeless and 'Patient Dumping' on Skid Row There was public outrage recently when a driver forced a quadriplegic man out of an ambulance into a gutter on a skid row. Last year, a woman was left wandering in the same neighborhood with an IV still in her arm. There are 55 recent examples of what's called "patient dumping," but only one prosecution, partly because there's no specific law against the practice. Moreover, hospitals ask what they're supposed to do with 90,000 homeless in Los Angeles County, and just 40 beds for the chronically ill with no place to go. Today, Democratic State Senator Gil Cedillo announced plans to remedy that. We hear from Cedillo, the hospital association and advocates for the homeless.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?