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May 31

Knowingly exposing others to HIV should no longer be a felony, state Senate says

 The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection. The crime would be downgraded to a misdemeanor, and the bill would also apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen ...
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May 10

Here's how L.A. County citizens panel wants to spend $355 million a year in homelessness fight

The citizen planning group for the Measure H sales tax drew up final recommendations Wednesday for how Los Angeles County should spend $355 million annually over the next three years to fight homelessness. The 50-member panel — composed of homeless advocates, service providers, local government and county officials, and business and nonprofit leaders — largely endorsed the requests made by officials ...
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May 3

L.A. County considers another path on homelessness: prevention

The calls on the hotline reflected life at its messies:  A single mom who left her boyfriend and was living in a motel. An out-of-stater who came for a job that fizzled. A low-income family with medical bills and a three-day eviction notice.The callers had one thing in common. They were not homeless — yet. When they reached the referral line ...
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Apr 27

How should L.A. County homelessness funds be spent? Here's how to tell officials what you think

Los Angeles County officials are seeking public comment on the preliminary spending proposal for the estimated $355 million to come annually from the Measure H sales tax increase approved by voters in March to reduce homelessness. A summary of the plan was posted on the county’s Homeless Initiative webpage late Wednesday along with a comment form.Phil Ansell, director of the Homeless ...
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Apr 17

L.A. County seeks to strengthen the safety net for its neediest residents with funding for the homeless, social workers and healthcare

Los Angeles County pressed forward with an effort to strengthen the safety net for its most vulnerable residents Monday with a budget plan that carves out significant allotments for social services, healthcare and other support for the poor. The proposed budget is a slight increase from last year, and officials said they are trying to channel some of that money toward ...
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Mar 27

Pomona leaders wrestle with a homelessness dilemma: Enforce or assist?

The bandshell at Pomona’s Ganesha Park is a cozy spot where an acting troupe might perform Shakespeare on a summer night. But on a brisk January morning, four tents held center stage — nestled around a rusted, 55-gallon drum still warm from a bonfire the night before. By mid-morning, people stirred and tents came down. A young woman growled at ...
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Mar 18

For Measure H to work well, the federal rule on chronic homelessness needs to be changed

 To the editor: As the head of a community mental health center in the San Fernando Valley, I celebrate Measure H and the promise of more housing for homeless people. (“Are the county and city finally ready to reduce homelessness on a massive scale?” editorial, March 13) The homelessness we have today is an unintended consequence of the 1963 Community Mental ...
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Mar 9

Skid Row's Midnight Mission Now Has Overnight Shelter for Homeless Women

On Skid Row, women only have a handful of options if they need a place to sleep. The Union Rescue Mission is regularly packed with women on cots set up wherever space can be found. The Los Angeles Mission and Weingart Center have longer-term programs, but with extensive waitlists. The Downtown Women’s Center has permanent supportive housing apartments for 119 ...
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Mar 8

Measure H rebounds from early deficit, reaches two-thirds majority

A quarter-cent sales tax increase in Los Angeles County to fund anti-homelessness measures appeared to earn the two-thirds majority needed for passage early Wednesday, with 100% of county precincts reporting. Measure H would generate about $355 million annually for homeless programs over 10 years, backers say. The tax increase would raise the sales tax rate to 9% across most of Los ...
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Mar 2

Last November, L.A. overwhelmingly voted to end homelessness. Don't let Measure S undermine that effort

In November, three out of four voters in the city of Los Angeles agreed to raise taxes to build homeless housing. The overwhelming support for Measure HHH, which authorized $1.2-billion in bonds to construct 10,000 units of housing for homeless and very low income people, sent a clear message: Angelenos want to end the city’s homeless crisis, and they’re willing to pay to ...
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