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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.
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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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Officials released the results of a pilot program Tuesday described as the Match.com of homeless services, designed to get the sickest, most endangered people off the streets and sidewalks of skid row for good. The 100-day project brought 20 government and nonprofit agencies together to build a computerized data-gathering and management system to quickly place hard-core sidewalk dwellers in housing with medical, rehab and social services. Under the new system, case managers seek out long-term homeless people under bridges and down back alleys and score them on their mental and physical disabilities, how often they visit emergency rooms or jails, and their general medical condition.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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January 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The police officers made their way though the Costa Mesa park known as "ground zero," the crowded hub for the city's homeless, handing out fliers and encouraging people to get on a bus that would take them out of town. Like other cities, Costa Mesa has had a tenuous relationship with its homeless, and many would just as soon they all simply leave. But efforts on this crisp afternoon had a different motivation: They were nudging them to seek shelter from the near-freezing nights that had gripped the area and board a shuttle to the Santa Ana armory.
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