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Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of anti-homelessness ordinance that would impact roughly 40,000 unhoused Angelenos

Echo Park Lake Thursday, March 25, 2021 in los Angeles, CA. Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The LA City Council passed an ordinance that would prohibit homeless encampments in some areas of the city. The measure restricts "sitting, lying, or sleeping or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property in the public right-of-way." The measure passed Wednesday in a 13-2 vote, but LA Mayor Garcetti still has the power to veto it. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Politics, News, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Homelessness, Associated Press, City Council, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti, Raman, Bonin, LA City Council, Echo Park Lake, Mark Ridley Thomas


Anti-camping law gets final LA City Council approval; could spur more homeless-encampment clearings

Homeless advocates rally outside of Los Angeles City Hall in protest of a city council vote on item 4118 which would ban camping in many parts of the city Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Homeless advocates rally outside of Los Angeles City Hall in protest of a city council vote on item 4118 which would ban camping in many parts of the city Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Homeless advocates rally outs...
Tags: Health, Business, Hollywood, News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, City Council, Smith, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Ucla


Despite skepticism and opposition, LA County creates homelessness commission

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of establishing a Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness. The recommendation for a commission came from Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who warned that unless cities have more input into how Measure H dollars are spent, the county won’t have the support it needs to ensure future funding. “Homelessness is a major crisis affecting our communities at every level, and it’s time for sweeping changes to the system,” Barg...
Tags: Politics, News, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Homelessness, Soccer, Homeless, Venice, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Mitchell, Barger, LA County, Hahn, Bonin


LA council expected to approve ordinance restricting homeless encampments, sleeping

By MARGARET SHUTTLEWORTH | City News Service LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council is expected Wednesday to finalize a controversial ordinance to restrict sleeping and homeless encampments in certain areas of the city, including within 500 feet of schools, day care facilities, parks and libraries. Thirteen council members voted to approve the ordinance on July 1 — but with Councilman Mike Bonin and Councilwoman Nithya Raman dissenting, the ordinance fell short of the unanimous approval need...
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As anti-camping zones return for LA City Council vote, some experts map impact of such limits

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, July 28, is expected to consider an anti-camping law that would ban unhoused Angelenos and others from sitting, lying down and sleeping in certain types of locations around the city. The first reading of the ban was approved 13-2 by the City Council. Because it was not unanimous, a second vote is required. If passed, the law would let the city create zones where setting up encampments, or merely sleeping and living in a public area, would be unlawful. S...
Tags: Health, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Department of Public Health, LA County, Bonin, Los Angeles Daily News, LA City Council, Mark Ridley Thomas


Aliso Canyon: Supervisors aim to stop SoCalGas from expanding storage at site of mammoth leak

Los Angeles County leaders voted unanimously Tuesday, July 27, to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees operations at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, to stop SoCalGas from expanding the site’s storage capacity. The vote comes after a group of oil companies appealed to the CPUC, asking to raise the allowable gas inventory in Aliso Canyon from its current value. “The health and environmental impacts from the 2015 blowout are still not fully unde...
Tags: News, California, Environment, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Cpuc, Aliso Canyon, Socalgas, Los Angeles County, Alexandra Nagy, Board of Supervisors, San Fernando Valley, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, LA City Council


Petition approved for recall of LA Councilman Mike Bonin; Nithya Raman recall already underway

LOS ANGELES — A petition for the recall of Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin was approved for circulation, the City Clerk announced Tuesday. Bonin was served with a recall notice on June 15, which made him the second council member to be the target of a recall effort in less than a week, along with Councilwoman Nithya Raman. The draft petition for Raman’s recall was approved by the City Clerk on Friday. Petitioners against Bonin, who represents Westside neighborhoods including Venice, and Raman,...
Tags: Politics, Hollywood, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Recall, Soccer, Venice, City Council, Local News, Los Angeles City Council, Silver Lake, Raman, Bonin, LA City Council


Los Angeles’ newest ‘tiny home village’ for homeless opens in Tarzana

Los Angeles’ newest “tiny home village” opened today Friday, July 2, in Tarzana to provide transitional housing to 150 people experiencing homelessness in the area, and the cost per cabin is nearly half of other similar projects. Photo: Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s office Los Angeles’ newest “tiny home village” opened today Friday, July 2, in Tarzana to provide transitional housing to 150 people experiencing homelessness in the area, and the cost per cabin is nearly half of other similar proj...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Southern California, Venice Beach, Valley, Tarzana, LA City Council, Bob Blumenfield, Blumenfield, Top Stories LADN, Hope of the Valley, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission


Construction begins on Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village center for homeless in Highland Park

Los Angeles city council member Kevin de León, center, and other dignitaries, break ground for the new Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park. The new project will bring 224 beds for people experiencing homelessness in the Highland Park area and surrounding communities. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Los Angeles city council member Kevin de León at the groundbreaking for the Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village which will be located in the background. The new proj...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice Beach, Highland Park, Los Angeles City, Faulconer, Kevin de Leon, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, LA City Council, Arroyo Seco Park


LA allocates $5 million to provide 200 Venice Beach homeless with interim housing

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council allocated $5 million Thursday to pay for interim housing for about 200 people who live in encampments along Ocean Front Walk in Venice and are being offered a pathway to permanent housing through Councilman Mike Bonin’s “Encampment to Home” program. The program had brought 64 people inside as of Wednesday, Bonin said in a Twitter post. About 19 of them were brought inside before the program’s official start on Monday, as St. Joseph Center teams began ou...
Tags: News, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Venice, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Venice Beach, Los Angeles County, Westchester, Faulconer, Bonin


Coronavirus cases continue to tick upward in LA County

Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 numbers continued moving in the wrong direction on Wednesday, June 30, with the daily number of new cases and the rate of people testing positive for the virus doubling from their levels of two weeks ago. The county Department of Public Health insisted that the rates are still well below the levels seen during the winter surge of COVID-19, but the increase in community transmission of the virus is “concerning.” The county reported 422 new cases on Wednesday, the hig...
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LA City Council votes to resume encampment cleanups on Sept. 1

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday, June 30, to resume its encampment cleanup program, known as CARE+, on Sept. 1 with new “enhanced street engagement strategies” requested by Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Nithya Raman. CARE+ was temporarily paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, but on July 29, 2020, council members voted to continue cleanups around “A Bridge Home” shelters. Bonin and Raman introduced a motion on Jan. 12 that was unanimously approved by the City Council in April to h...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, U S Centers for Disease Control, Faulconer, Raman, Bonin, Cao, LA City Council, Orosco


Gubernatorial recall candidate Faulconer unveils homeless plan; experts are skeptical

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer stood at the intersection of S. Flower Street and W. Colden Avenue Los Angeles’ Vermont Vista neighborhood on Tuesday morning, June 29, and stated his case for a new approach to addressing homelessness statewide. Faulconer is one of several candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in the August recall election. On Tuesday, he tried to position himself as someone who would take the action necessary to end the state’s homelessness crisis — as opposed to ...
Tags: Elections, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, San Diego, Homeless, Venice, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Faulconer, Kevin Faulconer, Mora


LA City Council seeks new law to prevent encampments in public right-of-way

Citing the need for urgent action on the homelessness crisis before the Los Angeles City Council leaves for summer recess, members voted on Tuesday, June 29, to instruct the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would restrict sleeping and homeless encampments in certain areas of the city. Councilman Paul Krekorian, who co-introduced the motion, said the ordinance would be presented for a vote on Thursday, when council members will hold a special meeting before the recess. The motion was intr...
Tags: Health, News, La, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, Los Angeles City Council, Kevin, John Lee, LA City Council, VILLANUEVA, Mark Ridley Thomas, Joe Buscaino


LA creates its first Youth Development Department

LOS ANGELES — The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to create a Youth Development Department to centralize the city’s response to the high number of young people living in poverty and being arrested in Los Angeles. Councilman Monica Rodriguez, who co-introduced the motion to create the department, said the council is “making history in the creation of the city’s first Youth Development Department that will help to address and uplift the needs of the more than 800,000 young people in the cit...
Tags: Politics, News, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, City Council, Local News, Los Angeles City Council, Rodriguez, Kevin de Leon, LA City Council, Mark Ridley Thomas, Buscaino, LA City


Homeless debate: LA City Council will consider vote on stricter anti-camping ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council today will consider pulling a draft anti-camping ordinance from the Homelessness and Poverty Committee to bring it to a full council vote. The move comes after Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee invoked a rarely used rule last Wednesday to have the council pull the ordinance from committee, where it has been sitting since Nov. 30, 2020. If the council votes to withdraw the draft ordinance from committee, council members will vote on whether to adopt the ordinance, ...
Tags: News, La, Government, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Venice, Los Angeles City Council, John Lee, LA City Council, VILLANUEVA, Joe Buscaino, Venice Boardwalk, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Homelessness and Poverty Committee


LA city leaders take a step toward plan to get county’s homelessness efforts on the same page

Los Angeles city leaders are considering a package aimed at unifying different entities throughout the county under a single governance structure so that multiple agencies can work harmoniously, aiming to address and perhaps end, the region’s enduring homelessness crisis. Efforts to tackle homelessness have not always been in tandem and aligned toward common goals, even as the crisis — exacerbated by the months-long pandemic — continues to roil and divide communities stretching from Venice to th...
Tags: Business, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Board of Supervisors, San Fernando Valley, Echo Park, San Gabriel Valley


Clean California initiative would direct $1.5 billion toward cleaning roadways, education campaign

Caltrans officials see a $1.5 billion beautification initiative proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom as the sweeping approach needed to clean up long-troubled state roadways, but also convince Californians that keeping streets trash-free is a group effort. The initiative, Clean California, would allocate money across the state for litter removal, infrastructure enhancements, educational programs and art projects. Part of the governor’s California Comeback Plan, it proposes a three-year effort to beauti...
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Tapping rarely used rule, LA councilmen Buscaino, Lee urge vote on stricter anti-camping ordinance

LOS ANGELES — Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee invoked a rarely used rule on Wednesday, June 23, to have the Los Angeles City Council vote Tuesday on whether to pull a draft anti-camping ordinance from the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, where it has been sitting since Nov. 30, 2020, and force the full council to vote on it. The ordinance would restrict people from lying, sleeping, sitting, or placing tents and personal property on streets and sidewalks: Where it reduces the path of tra...
Tags: News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, John Lee, Echo Park, LA City Council, Joe Buscaino, Buscaino, Mike Bonin


Five young leaders appointed to LA County’s first-ever youth commission

Five young leaders have been appointed to join Los Angeles County’s first-ever Youth Commission, charged with transforming the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, it was announced on Tuesday, June 22. The commission is set to formally launch in July with a total of 15 commissioners. Its goal is to give youth with experience in the child welfare and juvenile systems a chance to lend their voice to reforms. “We are grateful to all the youth who inspired this commission and for those who ha...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Ucla, Mitchell, Southern California, Cooper, Los Angeles County, Amanda, Board of Supervisors, Hernandez, Barger


LA City Council supports state bill to legalize safe sites for drug users

The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday, June 22, to support Senate Bill 57, which would legalize sites where people can use drugs in the presence of medical personnel in an effort to reduce overdoses, which are the leading cause of accidental death in California. So-called Overdose Prevention Program sites also aim to reduce communicable diseases by having staff monitor a drug user’s safety and provide sterile supplies, such as needles. The sites would not supply drugs to ...
Tags: Health, News, California, Government, Senate, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, City Council, Oakland, Los Angeles City Council, Drug Policy Alliance, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles San Francisco, Raman


LA County supervisors extend moratorium on evictions through Sept. 30

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, June 22, to extend a local eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, while warning that such protections will begin to be phased out. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the extension — which she said is protecting tens of thousands of residents from eviction — and also acknowledged that small landlords are struggling and need assistance. “No one should be made homeless by this crisis,”...
Tags: Health, News, Housing, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Mitchell, Los Angeles County, Barger, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Raman, Hahn, City News Service


LA Councilman Mike Bonin to offer housing options to homeless living on Venice Boardwalk

Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin announced on Tuesday, June 22, that starting next week, all people living along Ocean Front Walk in Venice will be offered services and a pathway to permanent housing. “We’re launching a major effort to confront the homelessness crisis at Venice Beach, address the safety needs of the housed and the unhoused, and fully reopen the park and beach for general public use. How? We’re offering housing, not handcuffs,” Bonin tweeted Tuesday morning. Beginning Monday, St...
Tags: Health, Business, News, La, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, City Council, Lapd, Eric Garcetti, Venice Beach, Los Angeles Police Department, Echo Park


Tiny home village to shelter homeless Angelenos opens in Echo Park

LOS ANGELES — A “tiny home village” that can serve as interim housing for up to 74 people experiencing homelessness is now open in a former parking lot in Echo Park. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said the site, located at the corner of Alvarado Street and Scott Avenue, has 38 new cabins, showers, restrooms, a laundry area and a dog run. Residents will be provided with medical care, case management services and three meals a day. Thirty-two people had moved into the village as of Friday, according t...
Tags: Health, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, Farrell, Echo Park, Raman, North Hollywood, LA City Council, VILLANUEVA


Gun-waving St. Louis couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors

By Jim Salter | Associated Press ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges, but the man left the courthouse defiantly pledging to “do it again” if faced with the same circumstances. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. They also agreed to give up ...
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‘I feel whole today’: LA ceremony welcomes 26 new U.S. citizens

Weary of being treated like a second-class citizen, Mona Farhangi left her home country of Iran for the United States in 2013. On Thursday, June 17, she felt a first-class rush. Seera Doreen, 31, of Long Beach who came from Uganda five years ago, celebrates becoming a U.S. citizen during U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services World Refugee Day naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily ...
Tags: Japan, News, Education, La, Government, Immigration, Los Angeles, Sport, Society, Iran, Uganda, Soccer, United States, Glendale, Long Beach, Ethiopia


Princess Cruises plans fall sailings departing from LA, SF, Ft. Lauderdale

SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises announced Thursday, June 17, that it intends to return to service in the United States this fall, sailing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Fort Lauderdale. Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 28, eight Princess Medallion-class ships will once again take guests to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii and California coast, according to the Santa Clarita-based cruise line. “As we continue our return to service, it is a thrill for us to be able to bring more cruise ...
Tags: California, Cdc, Mexico, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, United States, Panama Canal, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles San Francisco, California Coast


Court access in Southern California remains limited to public despite re-openings elsewhere

As the masks come off and pandemic rules are relaxed across California after Tuesday’s re-opening, state courthouses in Southern California are keeping their COVID-19 restrictions in place. That means that for courts in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, masks are still required inside. Social distancing will be enforced, which limits capacity. Members of the public are only allowed inside the courts if they have a scheduled appointment or are summoned by officials for t...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Courts, Orange County, Lapd, Southern California, Robert Durst, San Bernardino, Riverside, Central District, LA City Council


LA City Council requests ordinance to ban flavored tobacco

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, June 16, directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to ban flavored tobacco and menthol cigarette sales in the city, but exempted hookah tobacco products at existing smokers lounges. Under the proposed ordinance, which will be drafted and come back to the City Council for approval, existing smokers lounges will be able to sell hookah products for on-site or off-site consumption, but the city’s 4,500 tobacco retail stores will be banned from sellin...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, United States, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Board of Supervisors, LA City Council, Mitch O Farrell, Curren Price, Mike Feuer, U S 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Ridley Thomas


LA City Council unanimously confirms Matt Szabo as new city administrative officer

By MARGARET SHUTTLEWORTH | City News Service LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, June 16 unanimously confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointment of his deputy chief of staff, Matt Szabo, to replace Richard Llewellyn as city administrative officer. Szabo, whose appointment becomes effective July 4, will report to the mayor and City Council and be responsible for overseeing the city homelessness coordinator, negotiating labor agreements, working to use tax dollars efficiently ...
Tags: News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Lapd, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Rich, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Vernon, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti