LA plans to redirect some police funds and launch universal basic income in certain areas

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Homeless encampments are seen near LA City Hall. On March 2, 2021, LA City Council voted to approve a detailed plan allocating $88.8 million of LAPD’s budget toward homeless prevention and services, policing alternatives, and council districts experiencing the highest rates of poverty and unemployment. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW.

This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to override a veto by Mayor Eric Garcetti and approve a new proposal for how millions of dollars taken from the LA Police Department will be spent to address homelessness, poverty, unemployment. KCRW looks at how the vote played out, which communities will benefit, and who will oversee the money.