LA near Accord on Skid Row 'Tent Cities'

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LA Police Chief William Bratton is pushing a deal with the ACLU to allow homeless people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row at night, but not in the daytime.  He says that means no more of the tent cities that breed filth and crime. A federal court has ruled that arresting people for sleeping on sidewalks is “cruel and unusual punishment,” because there are not enough beds for almost 2000 homeless people.  Bratton says if the City Council fails to approve the compromise tomorrow, the alternative is endless appeals that will make saving the neighborhood impossible.

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Guests:
Becky Dennison - Los Angeles Community Action Network, Estella Lopez - Executive Director of the Central City East Association

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Frances Anderton