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Dec 6

Quarter-cent sales tax measure to aid L.A. County homeless is placed on March ballot

After listening to a cavalcade of speakers praise them for a vote they hadn’t yet taken, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously placed a quarter-cent sales tax proposal on the March ballot to fund homeless programs. The five supervisors voted with little comment on the measure, which is expected to raise about $355 million a year over its 10-year lifespan  if it ...
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Dec 1

Millions of lives have been saved, awareness is widespread, but hurdles remain as World AIDS Day is observed

In just six months between January and June, an additional 1 million HIV-infected people gained access to lifesaving treatment, according to figures announced in advance of World AIDS Day on Thursday. The news came as several promising studies of drugs that could hasten the elimination of the disease are headed toward preliminary human trials. According  to the United Nations Program on AIDS, huge progress has been made since 2000 and ...
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Nov 27

Motivated to make a difference, she helped find breakthrough HIV treatments

The gig:  From her office on the second floor of the Marion Davies Children's Health Center at UCLA, Dr. Yvonne Bryson works the phones in her role as protocol co-chair for a global health study on treating babies early for HIV infection. "We have a number of infants enrolled around the world in Africa, South America, the U.S.,” said Bryson, a foremost ...
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Nov 12

Report on L.A. City homelessness plan gives a sobering picture of the struggle ahead

Nine months after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a comprehensive plan to end homelessness, the first progress report on the plan, released this week, offered a sobering picture of the long and difficult path ahead. Proposals for storage lockers and toilets for street dwellers are stalled, new shelter capacity is being added at a trickle, and the city bureaucracy moving ...
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Nov 8

How the battle between Trump and Clinton could pave the way for L.A.'s $1.2 billion homeless housing measure

Los Angeles voters who persevere to the end of a busy ballot Tuesday will decide whether to tax the city’s property owners to provide housing for the homeless. Proposition HHH, the 26th item on the ballot, would authorize $1.2 billion in borrowing to accelerate the pace at which mostly nonprofit developers build permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people. The bonds would be repaid by ...
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Nov 4

It’s time to take a stand against homelessness in Los Angeles

No resident of this city, regardless of where he or she lives, can claim to be unaware of the growing catastrophe of homelessness in Los Angeles. Few of us have not stepped over a homeless person in recent months or brushed past a panhandler or given a wide berth to a mentally ill street person wrestling with unseen enemies in a ...
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Oct 27

NIMBYism rears its head again in L.A.'s fight against homelessness

The long-term solution to homelessness is to provide housing and services to people living on the streets. But in the short term, the homeless have other needs. One is storage space in safe facilities where they can keep their belongings and access them easily and often.  This is the surest and quickest way to relieve the blight and public safety hazards that result when homeless people ...
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Oct 24

Airbnb backs a campaign to build homeless housing in L.A. with a $100,000 donation

The home-sharing company that has been accused of helping to take thousands of units out of the tight Los Angeles rental market has become a major contributor to the campaign to build new homeless housing. A committee funded largely by Airbnb has donated $100,000 to promote Proposition HHH, the Los Angeles city measure that would raise tax dollars to help build 10,000 units for the chronically ...
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Oct 18

Fears mount over a homeless plan that residents say will 'end Venice as we know it'

John Moore, a shaggy-haired, full-bearded surfer, Venice resident and launcher of “ethically minded” brands and fashion lines, said he loves the history, diversity and creativity of his neighborhood. His family‘s lifestyle  — crafting, tandem skateboarding and eating on pillows in the backyard — has been celebrated as “haute bohemian” in online video and photo spreads. But Moore, 42, who came up with the name for Abercrombie & ...
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Oct 10

Homeless shouldn't face job discrimination just because they lack an address

Jeff Johnson served in the military for six years and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he found work in the construction industry. After suffering serious injuries in a robbery, however, he lost his job and became homeless. Johnson applied for many entry-level positions without success, and he now suspects why: There was a telltale black mark on his paperwork. “If employers ...
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