L.A. to declare 'STATE OF EMERGENCY'

on homelessness, commit $100 million

"It's not a skid row problem. It's a problem that's proliferated throughout the city," Councilman Gilbert Cedillo told The Times in an interview.  He was joined by several council members at the press conference.

"If we want to be a great city that hosts the Olympics and shows itself off to the world,” Cedillo said, “we shouldn't have 25,000 to 50,000 people sleeping on the streets.”

Garcetti told reporters that city and county officials are tackling a “heartbreaking crisis” that has gripped L.A. for decades. “Today we’re going to tackle it head-on,” he said.

“This city has pushed this problem from neighborhood to neighborhood for too long, from bureaucracy to bureaucracy, pointing fingers,” Garcetti added.

Council members offered few details about how the spending plan would work – or what it would do. But Councilman Jose Huizar said it would guarantee that the city finds $100 million in its budget for homeless services next year. That number was selected, he said, because that’s the amount city officials believe will be available for such programs.


​​​"For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil"... Ecclesiastes 12:14

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