Sep 20

Business leader Jessica Lall joins L.A. mayor’s race, vowing to take on homelessness

  The head of a downtown-based business group entered the race for Los Angeles mayor on Monday, making the fight against homelessness the central message of her campaign.   Jessica Lall, president and chief executive of the Central City Assn., promised to build more housing for those experiencing mental health crises, change zoning rules to allow for the construction of more affordable housing ...
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Sep 3

Editorial: No homeless people should be shooed off a sidewalk before they are offered housing

  When the city of Los Angeles passed a sweeping anti-camping ordinance this summer, the goal was to clear sidewalks of homeless encampments ballooning across the city. But City Council members also vowed to put in place an official street engagement strategy laying out how the city will reach out to people on sidewalks with offers of shelter or other temporary ...
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Aug 31

New rent relief is on the way for L.A. tenants and landlords. Here’s how to apply

  September 1. is a crucial day for California residents who have fallen behind on their rent because of the pandemic. That’s when the state’s lengthy moratorium on evictions will start to expire, allowing landlords to seek the removal of tenants who have failed to pay what they owe.   Tenants will have to meet either of two conditions to avoid being tossed ...
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Aug 25

California housing department mismanaged COVID-19 funds for the homeless, audit says

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Housing and Community Development did not properly distribute federal relief funds meant to help homeless residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the mismanagement was so prolonged that local organizations might lose the money because of missed deadlines, auditors said Tuesday.   After receiving $316 million under the federal CARES Act to reduce the effect of COVID-19 on unhoused ...
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Aug 5

Newsom, in recall fight, says it’s ‘not acceptable’ for homeless to camp on streets

STOCKTON — Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed strong support Thursday for increased efforts around California to remove large homeless encampments, calling them unacceptable and saying the state will need more federal help to create additional housing and expand services for homeless people.   Newsom’s comments come at a time of growing alarm over the homelessness crisis, which has become a focus of criticism by Republican ...
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Jul 27

Sheriff Villanueva discusses his public power struggles, homelessness and more

  It turned out that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva wanted to talk about a whole lot more than homelessness.   We were about an hour into our 90-minute conversation last week, and (as I wrote about in my Sunday column) he’d talked about encampments and lawlessness, his disdain for many of his fellow public officials, his contempt for the Los Angeles ...
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Jul 16

California will spend a record amount on homelessness. Here’s where it’s going

  California will spend a record $4.8 billion over two years to alleviate homelessness after legislators Thursday unanimously passed key details of a new state budget. The package, once signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, will mark the state’s largest financial commitment to date in assisting people without adequate and safe housing. In a deal reached last month, Newsom and lawmakers ...
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Jul 1

Los Angeles passes measure limiting homeless encampments

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council passed a sweeping anti-camping measure Thursday to remove widespread homeless encampments that have become an eyesore across the city.   The measure was billed as a compassionate approach to get people off streets and restore access to public spaces in the city with nation’s second-largest homeless population, though critics said it would criminalize ...
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Jun 29

Newsom recall rival Kevin Faulconer unveils plan to address homelessness

  Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Faulconer released a plan to address homelessness on Tuesday that would couple the creation of more shelters across California with significantly stricter enforcement of no-camping laws in public spaces.   The former San Diego mayor’s proposal is modeled after actions he took in that city to reduce the number of people living on the street by 12% at ...
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Jun 10

Q&A: How Councilman Mike Bonin plans to fix Venice’s homelessness crisis

  After spending weeks reporting on the homelessness crisis in Venice, Times reporters Benjamin Oreskes and Doug Smith sat down with Councilman Mike Bonin, who has represented the area since 2013. In a nearly two-hour interview, he weighed in on how the fights over homelessness have consumed the neighborhood and laid out his vision of how a humane clearing of tents ...
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