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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2004 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Protesters in Westwood on Tuesday petitioned Borders bookstore and other retailers to stop carrying the notorious "Bumfights" videos, arguing that the controversial films incite violence and hate crimes against homeless people. At a rally at the Borders on Westwood Boulevard, actor Mike Farrell and Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness activists said the videos amounted to hate speech that exploits homeless people while earning producers millions of dollars.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Gale Holland and Emily Alpert
The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by 16% over the last two years, fueled by lingering economic devastation from the recession and rising rents and housing prices, according to a survey released Friday. The sharp increase from 50,000 to more than 58,000 homeless people marked a departure from counts in 2011 and 2012, which showed reductions of 3% to 7% over previous years. And it came despite hundreds of millions of dollars in government aid pouring into the county each year to get people off the streets.
NEWS
December 2, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their joy could hardly be contained as they sat around the conference table talking to their attorneys last August. More than 30 homeless people had taken on the Santa Ana Police Department for arresting them on petty charges in a series of controversial Civic Center sweeps--and they had won. Now they were going to receive roughly $11,000 each, and the two dozen or so who gathered that day had big plans for the money. Some hoped to spend it on permanent shelter so they could look for work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As temperatures drop and a winter rain begins, Randy Stanley seeks shelter from the cold in an all-night movie theater. Wendell Darby crawls down next to a heating vent in the underbelly of a plush downtown hotel. John M., recovering from a long bout of pneumonia, reinforces his shack with extra layers of cardboard and blankets--the bare necessities of life on the streets. Every winter tests the survival skills of Los Angeles' poor and homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Marie Everhart, 75, sitting beneath a tree outside City Hall, worries about what will happen to people like her, people who are homeless in the place that calls itself America's Finest City. "It's going to be bad, awful bad. There are bad things that happen on the streets, especially to women," said Everhart, a widow who said she has been harassed and robbed repeatedly while living on the streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1998 | MICHELLE RUSHLO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Prescott's town square is like a step back in time. Ringed by historic saloons and businesses such as a soda fountain and a burger shop, its centerpiece is a courthouse with a built-in clock and a sidewalk timeline of Arizona history--noting such events as Prescott being named territorial capital. More and more, however, a trip downtown also includes an encounter with one or more of Prescott's growing number of homeless people, something few people here could have imagined until recently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 | SUSAN WOODWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal officials are re-evaluating whether surplus Navy property in San Pedro is suitable for a homeless shelter because it is near tanks holding millions of gallons of airplane fuel. The site on Taper Avenue does not meet federal standards for homeless dwellings because two fuel tanks are too close to the buildings, said Louis Misko, director of the Navy's base closures division.
OPINION
August 25, 1991 | Maxene Johnston, Maxene Johnston is president and chief executive officer of the Weingart Center
A businesman in Central City East recently told a group of his peers about the homeless who used to stay in his parking lot overnight. They asked permission to stay because they were afraid of the Skid Row Slasher and felt more secure if they could be together. "For years they would come every night," he said. "Up to 30, or 40, or 50 of them. They built fires and cooked their food, and they stayed in our lot. And that's fine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Over the last six months, more than 250 homeless people have pitched tents near the Ontario airport, creating a burgeoning shantytown that sprawls across vacant lots and spills into side streets. They call it Tent City, and for many it's a welcome refuge from the cars, bridges and offramps they usually inhabit. "This place is the best thing they could do for us," said Teresa Pacheco, 48, of Upland. "It's got food, water and there is an outhouse." For others, it's a nightmare. "I hate it here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against Santa Monica over the city's treatment of homeless people. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu dismissed the suit with prejudice, meaning the ACLU would be prohibited from bringing any future actions on the same claim. Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould said a "resolution agreement" would soon be considered by the City Council, but he declined to discuss details. "The resolution agreement … will be available on the evening of June 8," Gould said.
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