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.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.