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Category: Housing
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Google pledges $1 billion to tackle Bay Area housing crisis 19.6.2019 LA Times: Business

Google pledged $1 billion over the next 10 years to try to address an affordable housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The tech giant will repurpose $750 million worth of its own land for residential use, allowing the development of at least 15,000 new homes, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai...

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Julian Castro calls for surge in federal spending to end homelessness 18.6.2019 LA Times: Nation

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro called for a sharp rise in federal spending on housing for millions of Americans who are living on the street or struggling to pay rent.

Castro, who was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, on Monday proposed a federal...

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I watched Eric Garcetti rise to the challenge of homelessness and fall short. But it’s not all his fault 15.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

One afternoon last week, on my way to watch the mayor tackle the humanitarian crisis of our time, I passed a dazed, barefoot man less than a block from City Hall. The temperature was in the mid-90s, the sidewalk was a skillet, and I wondered how much longer this poor soul would survive.

Two days...

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Is there a connection between homelessness and illegal immigration? 14.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: Your editorial regarding three “myths” about homelessness in Los Angeles makes several claims regarding the causes and demographics behind our current crisis. I’ll assume for now that all the facts you state are correct.

One of your claims is that many of L.A.’s homeless people are...

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Towing a car can be financially ruinous. Should California cities do it anyway? 12.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Over the objections of anti-poverty advocates, Los Angeles lawmakers on Tuesday came out against legislation that would prevent California cities from towing vehicles left on the street for more than 72 hours.

The bill, introduced in Sacramento by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), would...

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Trump wants to limit aid for low-income Americans. A look at his proposals 11.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Low-income Americans who take advantage of government safety net programs could be affected by a number of proposed rules and actions in areas such as housing, food aid, overtime and immigration.
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Why can’t city leaders solve homelessness? Because they’re politicians 11.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: Steve Lopez and many other reporters at the Los Angeles Times have detailed the excuses, one after the other, by local politicians for why they failed to understand the magnitude of our homelessness crisis.

Give politicians a problem, and you will get a political answer motivated...

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Minnesota families in need celebrate long-awaited boost in state aid 10.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A change passed by lawmakers last month will increase cash assistance for more than 30,000 low-income families across the state.
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As homeless crisis worsens in L.A, the county leans on city officials to act 9.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Amid a deepening homelessness crisis, top Los Angeles County officials are grappling with how best to collaborate with City Hall as it struggles to deal with sanitation issues arising from thousands living on the streets.

On Friday, the county’s health officer, Dr. Muntu Davis, sent a letter to...

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Welcome to Garcetti’s L.A.: heaps of trash, hordes of rats and very little leadership 8.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Whewww, what a week.

I could give you a hundred breakdowns of what happened and what it all means, but it comes down to this:

We’re in troubled waters on a ship without a captain, and though there might be a few pretenders on the bridge, nobody trusts them.

We found out on Tuesday that although...

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Measure EE didn't have a chance. LAUSD deserves much of the blame 7.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Voting against the Measure EE parcel tax because you hate the Los Angeles Unified School District is like refusing to water your garden because you hate state water policy.

That said, Measure EE never really had a chance.

The people who put it on the ballot misunderstood that some...

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Councilmen weigh legal action, saying other cities are pushing homeless into L.A. 6.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

One day after Los Angeles received confirmation of a major increase in its homeless population, two City Council members said they want to look into legal strategies to force nearby cities to provide shelter beds or allow people to sleep on their sidewalks.

Councilmen Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino...

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Why L.A. County’s homelessness crisis has been decades in the making 6.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Homelessness policy in Los Angeles has been marked by fits and starts over the years — often centered on skid row and downtown, although Hollywood, Venice and the San Fernando Valley have long had their own problems.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported that the number...

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A shrug from voters to struggling L.A. schools, and have a nice summer, kids 5.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

On this, the last week of school before summer break in the Los Angeles Unified School District, voters have sent a loud and clear message to roughly 600,000 students:

Your schools may be crumbling, your libraries may be closed, your class sizes may be unmanageably large, about 90% of you live...

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Los Angeles officials stunned as homeless population jumps by 12 percent in just one year 5.6.2019 Raw Story
Los Angles officials are heartbroken over the increases in homelessness after a massive effort to combat it, according to The Los Angeles Times. Millions were poured into initiatives to decrease the homelessness in the city. However, officials saw that homeless spiked by 12 percent over the last year. “At this point of unprecedented wealth in the […]
Homelessness jumps 12% in L.A. County and 16% in the city; officials ‘stunned’ 5.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

In a hard reality check for Los Angeles County’s multibillion-dollar hope of ending homelessness, officials reported Tuesday that the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles and in shelters increased by about 12% over last year.

The annual point-in-time count, delivered to the Board...

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Linda Perry, Suzanne Todd receive honors at Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 4.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

From the podium at Saturday’s Butterfly Ball that benefits Southern California nonprofit Chrysalis, event co-chairwoman and founder Rebecca Gayheart-Dane told the largely Hollywood crowd that getting a job might mean having another credit on IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, but for the organization’s...

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YouTuber gets 15 month prison sentence, $22,000 fine for toothpaste-filled Oreos 3.6.2019 TechCrunch
YouTube star Kanghua Ren was just handed a 15 month prison sentence and 20,000 euro ($22,300) fine for a January 2017 video. The video, which generated widespread outrage online, found Ren giving a homeless man in Barcelona repackaged Oreo cookies filled with toothpaste. “Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: […]
A repeat offender, a Trump voter, Lyft drivers: They’re not getting readers’ sympathy 1.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Our letter writers tend to be a generous bunch, often offering their empathy or even donations to the subjects of articles who have hit hard times. But like anyone else, they have their limits — and they’ve been hitting those limits a lot lately.

Most recently, in response to an article on the ...

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Media Ignore Buttigieg Family Feud After Delighting in Family Feuds Involving Republicans 1.6.2019 NewsBusters
Ordinarily, the media have quite an appetite for covering political family feuds; especially CNN. Last year, the network gave air time to relatives of Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, White House adviser Stephen Miller, and outgoing Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte to either trash their relatives and/or endorse their Democratic opponents. However, they did not share the same enthusiasm for giving a platform to Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law, who took issue with some of the information in a Washington Post article profiling Chasten ...
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