FROM Peter Lynn
The Homeless and Section 8 Housing in L.A. Los Angeles has more people living on the streets than any other city in the nation—more than 26,000. City leaders have declared a state of emergency and they want to spend $100 million fixing the homeless problem. One thing is for sure: Section 8 housing will be a part of whatever plan is proposed. Section 8 is a federal program that subsidizes rental housing. Last year, it accounted for nearly half a billion dollars in the city of Los Angeles alone.
A Shameful Problem that's Getting Worse For decades, local officials have promised to end homelessness, but the number — in shelters, on the streets and in alleys -- continues to rise. In the past two years, they're up by 12% in Los Angeles County to more than 44,000 people -- men, women and children. That's according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority , or LAHSA, an agency jointly established by the City and County, which has just completed its latest survey.
Housing Homeless Veterans If you’ve sensed lately that there are more homeless people on the streets -- living in tents under freeway overpasses, begging on street corners and sleeping in their cars -- than in past years, sadly, you’re right. Official numbers say homelessness increased by 12 percent in L.A. County over the past two years, to nearly 42,000. Many of them are veterans. Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to give homeless veterans in the city a place to live by the end of the year. But how much of a dent will that make in the bigger problem, and how is it being accomplished?
Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100 Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's Silver Lake home has been added to the list of national historic landmarks, with an assist from Rep. Adam Schiff. Thom Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA's top prize, and I.M. Pei turns 100.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.