At last count, there were more than 44,000 people living on the streets of Los Angeles County. That's a 12% increase from just a couple years ago -- and that number is still growing. Well over half reside in the city of LA, and with heavy rains expected this winter LA's homeless crisis has reached a critical juncture. Kevin Roderick looks at how the City and County are responding to the problem.
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Garcetti calls on state to use surplus to help homeless Governor Jerry Brown says the state has a nearly $9 billion surplus. He has recommended that California save that money for a rainy day. But here in Los Angeles, city leaders think a good chunk of that money should be used immediately to help stem the rise in homelessness.
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