The Governor also announced plans to appoint working groups of other regional leaders, service providers, formerly homeless people and academics around specific geographies or issues affecting homelessness, to work in collaboration with these advisors. These working groups may include experts on mental health, street homelessness or rural homelessness. Selection of working groups will be made in the coming weeks.
> The group announced it will hold its first three regional convenings in the months ahead: August in the Central Valley, September in Southern California and October in Northern California. Exact dates, locations and working group presenters will be announced closer to the meeting times.
> “It’s time we stop talking about the homelessness crisis and start acting,” said Governor Newsom. “This is a crisis that affects all of California – from rural and urban communities to coastal and inland cities. We need to work collectively to source local solutions from mayors, county supervisors and city councils and implement those solutions at scale statewide.”
> The full list of advisors includes seven elected officials and six institutional representatives:
> · Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Co-Chair
> · Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Co-Chair
> · Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
> · Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria
> · San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
> · Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez
> · Arcata City Councilmember Sofia Pereira
> · County Welfare Directors Association of California Executive Director Frank Mecca
> · Corporation for Supportive Housing Associate Director Sharon Rapport
> · Western Center on Law and Poverty Policy Advocate Anya Lawler
> · County Behavioral Health Directors Association Executive Director Michelle Cabrera
> · Former U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Director Philip Mangano
> · Former Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne
> “I want to thank Governor Newsom for assembling some of the best minds in the state to find solutions to the gravest social, economic and public safety problem we face. Our challenge is not only to identify the best ways to house those who are currently homeless, but also find a way to staunch the flow of thousands of people becoming homeless in California each year,” said Mayor Steinberg.
> The advisors will examine best practices relating to prevention, diversion and intervention, as well as guide local governments as they develop regional plans to address homelessness.
> "I look forward to partnering with Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and other regional leaders and experts to ensure that the State of California steps up in strategic ways to confront this deepening and dynamic crisis,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “It is time for all levels of government to intensify our efforts, and take urgent swift and consistent action to combat homelessness.”
One day while walking around Shinjuku, a major hub for government and business in Tokyo, Japan, I noticed a shelter built by a homeless man. It looked semi-permanent, but more importantly, had solar panels on it. I thought this was very different than the homeless I encountered in my former city of Vancouver, Canada, so I started to investigate homelessness in Japan. I was lucky enough to interview Professor Tom Gill, who has researched homelessness and other societal issues in Japan for many years. This is part 1 of a series of videos I'm making about the homeless in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave in the comments. Thanks for watching.
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California also had the highest rate of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness, at nearly 69 percent. States in the West struggle with homelessness: California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska had rates of homelessness exceeding 50 people per every 10,000.- (Dec 19, 2018)
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Skid Row is an area of approximately 50 square blocks located just east of downtown Los Angeles. Also known as Central City East, the area has a longstanding history as a residential neighborhood for those with the least. Sanitation violations spotted by inspectors included “overflowing dumpsters, trash ... set aside specifically for bathrooms in Skid Row, Venice, and other areas.
A few years ago you'd only see tents in the Skid Row area of L.A., but these days homeless encampments are all over Los Angeles County. On a recent visit, I asked someone that works for the city where might find homeless people living in tents. They responded just to throw a dart at a map. In other words, you don't have to look to find homeless people in Los Angeles - they are everywhere. Cheryl and Sam live in a tent near downtown Los Angeles. Cheryl has been on the streets for almost a year. She is a victim of domestic violence. Sam has been homeless for nearly two years after a bad divorce.
Homelessness has long been a factor here, tied in part to the community's mild climate. But with the number of homeless people surging by a whopping 26 percent between point-in-time counts in 2016 and 2017 – exceeding by nearly 10 points the year-over-year, double-digit rise overall in Los Angeles County, which tallied a revised 2017 estimate of more than 55,000 homeless – the city is experiencing a crisis on its streets and in its at-capacity shelters. A 2018 count showed homelessness had increased by another 4 percent in Santa Monica, with 957 individuals tallied.
In the midst of this dilemma, the library is a magnet for folks needing a respite from the streets. Its stacks are so crowded that people have taken to Yelp to complain.
"Basically a homeless shelter with books," said one library user. "It's hard to concentrate because there's always someone snoring loudly with their filthy feet up on the furniture."
Another person mentioned seeing a homeless woman drying her panties in the ladies room with its hand-dryer.
California has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless of any state. Local officials say the roots of LA County's new crisis are home-grown, and lie in the area's robust economic recovery: Rents are now too high, while wages are lagging behind rent increases.
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Gentrification is squeezing people out of rentals as well, and a shortage of affordable housingpersists, with the county more than half a million units shy of what's needed to meet the needs of its lowest-income renters, according to a 2017 report. Meanwhile, a recent state auditor's analysis of homelessness in California and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority – which coordinates and manages federal, state and local funds for homeless programs – called out the state as a whole for doing a poor job of sheltering its homeless population.
Still, Los Angeles County and Santa Monica have taken steps to help the likes of James. Last year, county voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax to raise $355 million a year over a decade to help with services such as homeless outreach, shelters and housing. In 2016, Los Angeles city voters endorsed $1.2 billion in bond funding for 10,000 units of housing.
Santa Monica has been one of the beneficiaries of the sales-tax initiative known as Measure H, and as part of efforts to boost its homeless strategy, has added a community steering committee to ponder possible remedies such as safe vehicle parking for the homeless.
People sit outside the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library in Santa Monica, Calif., on May 7.
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The library also is adding a social worker, as well as services officers charged with ensuring proper use of library facilities. The system additionally is holding resource fairs for the homeless to point them toward city and county services for their varied needs, such as getting an ID card, locating a Veterans Affairs facility, getting help with their social services paperwork or getting mental health care.
New training sessions include watching mental health videos and getting advice for role-playing from the county's Department of Mental Health, and feel especially critical for Santa Monica librarians who've found themselves ill-equipped to deal with this population crush.
"Sometimes inside their heads, things are going on, and how it comes out can be a little scary for staff," says Erica Cuyugan, assistant city librarian. "So that's the feedback that we would be getting, is that we don't know how to handle or talk to people. So (we're) trying to give them the tools, the scripts."
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"You know, you're not going to have the perfect thing to say, you're not going to have all the answers," she adds.
The homeless crisis is also generating some progressive, outside-the-box ideas. Last month, Los Angeles County held an awards ceremony and exhibition featuring the winners of a design competition for pop-up housing units that would allow homeless people to move onto others' property.
"In California, homeowners have a legal right to add what is technically known as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in their backyard or garage, commonly known as a 'granny flat,'" says Phil Ansell, director of the county's Homeless Initiative Office.
The county is conducting an ADU pilot program in which homeowners can receive forgivable loans to subsidize the construction of ADUs for homeless people on certain parcels of property.
Ansell adds that recent changes in state law will facilitate permit approvals for accessory dwelling units. Prompted whether NIMBY-ism might be a factor for Los Angelenos, who love their privacy and the sprawl of their manicured backyards, he pushes back firmly, suggesting there has been "a groundswell of interest in ADUs among homeowners."
John Maceri, executive director of The People Concern – a social services organization with a 180-bed homeless shelter in Santa Monica – thinks resistance is highly likely to ADUs, but says "the thing about these additional units is that it creates an opportunity for shared responsibility."
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"The ADUs on private property are just one tool in the arsenal. You're not going to find 58,000 homeowners in the County of Los Angeles tomorrow that are going to put these units on their properties," he says. "That being said, it doesn't mean that it's a bad idea," as the Los Angeles area homeless and housing crises have "come home to roost. "
The idea of shared responsibility in both Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area seems to stand in stark contrast to the scenario playing out down Interstate 405 in Orange County, where opposition has swelled to temporary shelters and the city of Santa Ana, the county's seat, has moved in court against the county and its 33 other cities to force them to do more to solve the homelessness problem there.
Heather Folmar, operations manager for the Santa Ana Public Library – a national award-winninglibrary that itself has struggled to cope with an influx of homeless people in recent years – argues it's too little, too late. "Other cities tend to bring their homeless here and let them off," she says.
A March point-in-time count of the unsheltered homeless population in Santa Ana found that 52 percent of 1,030 people said their last permanent residence was outside the city, and that the vast majority had been homeless for a year or more.
Dan Flaming, of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Economic Roundtable, co-authored a recent analysis that estimated around half of Los Angeles County's annual homeless population is homeless for a month or less. The study states that "further reducing the share of people who continue to be homeless from one month to the next is essential if we are to reduce the number of people who become stuck in chronic homelessness."
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"I think that Orange County is in the process of digesting the reality that we've maybe had more time to get our teeth into in LA, that individuals experiencing homelessness are part of the fabric of our community," Flaming says.
"They're not foreigners," he adds. "Many of us are at risk of becoming destitute, and even homeless, if a couple of things go wrong in our lives."
Alisa Orduňa, senior adviser on homelessness to the Santa Monica city manager, thinks her city is lucky to be ahead of the curve with its programs dedicated to the homeless.
"Communities that didn't do that, I think, are just really overwhelmed. The fear is magnified – how do you just get started?" she says. "I've talked to a few colleagues in one of the cities in Orange County, and I said, 'You know, just get started.'"
The city's experience and proactive approach may end up benefiting people like James, outside the library.
"You know, there are people out here that aren't drug addicts, that aren't throwaways," he says. "We just had bad experiences that put us in positions that we do need help. And we can be productive citizens if we get the right help."
Santa Monica librarians say they're doing many things to help James, including networking to get him a bus ticket home to his family in Kentucky.
But, they add, only if and when he says he's ready to go.
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Updated on June 15, 2018: This article has been updated due to a data revision.Elizabeth Segal, Contributor
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I knew him as "SUPER DAVE OSBORNE! " Family knew him as Bob Einstein.
He executive produced, wrote and appeared as the bumbling Super Dave Osborne on numerous shows including the sketch comedy show Bizarre from 1979-85, on the self-titled Super Dave from 1987-91 on Showtime and most recently in 2009 on Super Dave’s SpikeTacular, all of which he produced with his longtime professional partner, Allan Blye.Best known to today’s viewers for playing the serious, often surly but always hilarious Marty Funkhouser on Curb, Einstein was a foil for its creator-star Larry David. He appeared in nearly two dozen episodes of the series dating from 2004 to the most recent season. HBO said he was scheduled to appear in the upcoming 10th season of Curb but was too ill.
Einstein’s younger brother, actor-director Albert Brooks, tweeted today, “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”
The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.