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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1995
Its backers call it a shelter, but critics say it's camouflage. The project in question is a proposed $4-million drop-in center for the homeless that would turn a former Salvation Army rehabilitation facility in an industrial part of Downtown Los Angeles into a 50-bed complex with showers, an outdoor recreation area and mail service.
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April 12, 2007 | Antonio R. Villaraigosa, ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA is the mayor of Los Angeles.
TODAY, IF ALL goes as planned, a group of activists will pitch tents on the south lawn of City Hall to highlight the need to combat homelessness in Los Angeles. They'll come bearing a list of demands, addressed to me, that amount to nothing less than the eradication of homelessness in our city on an express timetable. What a miraculous day it would be if we could quickly meet these demands.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1998 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sign on the wall of the building on South Figueroa Street reads: "No entry without permission." The interior, apartment units abandoned by an owner facing foreclosure, reveals the warning's ineffectiveness. Inside one apartment, a kitchen wall is spray-painted with names--G Bone, K Dog and 8 Ball--an abbreviated roll call for a gang that has claimed it as a hideaway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2002 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every morning, this frail 60-year-old minister with silver hair revs up her old Dodge van and begins scouring Los Angeles street corners, alleys and parks in search of the homeless and hungry. Her beat-up blue van is loaded with boxes of oranges and bananas, bags of bread, piles of clothes and a steaming kettle of homemade soup. She pulls up to a hovel, honks the horn and yells: "Hallelujah!" or "Hello, my brother!"
BUSINESS
December 11, 1999 | Marla Dickerson
Twelve homeless Los Angeles residents who allege they were harassed and assaulted by private security guards downtown have agreed to mediate their dispute outside the courtroom. Michael Small, chief counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, which filed a class-action lawsuit last month on behalf of the homeless plaintiffs, said he will sit down with the defendants' lawyers in an attempt to settle their differences. Small said retired U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1995
A team of cricket-playing homeless men who live in Downtown's Dome Village are taking their newfound skills to England, the birthplace of the 200-year-old sport. Activist Ted Hayes, who plays cricket with a group of expatriate Brits, hopes that the team will call attention to the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles. The quirky idea has captured the imagination of the British press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1989 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Staff Writer
After six hours of panhandling and fending off abusive propositions, a weary homeless woman named Lisa returned to the Skid Row hotel room that she and a male companion had scrounged up enough money to rent for a few days. There, Lisa's companion attacked her because she had not brought back enough money and cigarettes. "You see all these little black and blues?" she told a USC graduate student later, pointing to her bruises. "Because he wants a . . . dollar and a quarter."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major change in the routine at the San Fernando Valley's only winter emergency shelter will allow the area's homeless to find relief from the cold and rain 24 hours a day. From Dec. 16 through Feb. 28, the Trudy and Norman Louis Valley Shelter will be among three to stay open all day and night, unlike previous years when hundreds of homeless men, women and children marked time on the streets until nightfall, when the facilities reopened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marked by shelters and soup kitchens, the blocks around 5th and San Pedro streets usually are among the most desperate in the city. But for a few hours Wednesday, a three-block area here was transformed into a spirited festival of sorts, with live music, balloons festooning San Julian Park, and lines of people at canopied booths for the fourth annual Health Fair for the Homeless. More than 1,000 people received health screenings, referrals and information about other services for the poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1989 | PAUL FELDMAN
Early each weekday morning, a seven-vehicle city convoy sweeps into Skid Row to clean up the sidewalks and alleys around homeless encampments. Los Angeles Department of Public Works officials say the program is aimed at preventing disease from spreading. Skid Row homeless advocates say that, while they support cleanliness efforts, they believe that the sheer size of the caravans shows insensitivity to the homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the chill of winter bearing down on Southern California, emergency shelter operators are preparing for homeless people seeking to come in from the cold. But this year, emergency shelters operating in National Guard armories in Los Angeles and Orange counties will enforce tighter security measures, requiring homeless people to show photo identification (those without will be issued an ID) and to allow their belongings to be searched nightly, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, a regional nonprofit organization serving the homeless and poor, dedicated its new facilities in North Hollywood on Thursday. The property at Saticoy Street and Varna Avenue has two buildings totaling 25,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, agency officials said. The 15,000-square-foot building will house a thrift shop scheduled to open next month, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2001 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new plan by City Councilwoman Jan Perry to clean up the streets of skid row in downtown Los Angeles has been praised by a wide range of interests, but criticized by civil libertarians who worry that the dispossessed may be needlessly rousted from their precarious sidewalk encampments. "This is not about moving people. This is not about the police," said Perry, flanked by about two dozen social service providers. "This is about protecting people's health."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2001 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as her children grew up and left home, the "others" took over Judy Kerrigan's life. The one who called herself "Erica" dyed Kerrigan's hair purple and stole a car. "Polly" had Kerrigan climbing under furniture and sucking her thumb when she was afraid. "Jane" played the earth mother. And there were many more. Those alternate personalities, combined with alcohol and drug abuse, left Kerrigan's life in a hopeless state of disarray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to provide relief for tourists, shoppers and the homeless, the City Council backed Tuesday a contract worth $750 million to install at least 150 self-cleaning toilets and 2,500 bus shelters on streets throughout Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila Dixon Howard calls him Blue Eyes. Hair in dreads and feet tar-black with crusted dirt, he spends his days crouched over like a caveman, squatting beside a pile of empty water bottles, rotting oranges and boxes of uneaten sandwiches. Every so often, and for reasons only he knows, he hops, the tattered rags on his legs dangling at his ankles. He will not tell you his name. And photographed? No, thank you.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
To help stem the swelling ranks of Valley homeless, the Los Angeles Family Housing Corp. is considering converting a North Hollywood warehouse into a shelter early next year. Michael Childress, director of administrative services for the private, nonprofit agency, said negotiations for the warehouse are under way. He said the agency is considering spending $1.1 million to convert the building into a shelter for 100 to 200 homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1994 | JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legislation is pending before Congress that would nearly double the amount of federal funds Los Angeles receives to combat the problems associated with the city's large homeless population. Under the proposed law, the city would receive its share of Department of Housing and Urban Development funds according to a formula, thus eliminating the annual competition for grants that is required under the current system. The city received $20.
NEWS
February 19, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS and ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For three of its four-block run on the losing side of downtown Los Angeles, Industrial Street contains the usual dead-end collection of flophouses and fenced-in factories. But in the 1300 block, there is a sudden crazy-quilt eruption of color. Bedsheets--flowered sheets, candy-striped sheets, sheets with deer--Mexican blankets and bright blue tarpaulins are strung single file the length of the block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | CARLA RIVERA
Gar Caswell has worn toughness as armor for so long that it is hard now to cast it aside. You need a rough exterior when you are a 15-year-old girl homeless on Hollywood Boulevard. It is easier to keep thugs and predators at bay when you close-crop your hair, camouflage your girlish curves with military fatigues and act louder and meaner than anyone else on the block. But you also know that deep inside there is a tender spot, a well of hurt that cannot be capped forever.
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