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February 28, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
In an attempt to better understand the plight of the homeless, whose numbers are increasing each year, city leaders and charity groups Wednesday will listen to a homeless person talk about life on the streets. The talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. Mayor Joe Erickson said he hopes all who attend will leave with a clearer picture of the problems of the homeless and of the city.
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October 25, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
The security guard and the Occupier were deep in philosophical discussion. Someone had posted a video of police at Pershing Square throwing a violent mentally ill woman to the ground. "Everybody has a job to do," said the guard, heavy-set, hospital-blue shirt pinned with a metal badge. The sky smelled like rain. On the concrete plaza, men slumped, one to a table, beneath forest-green cafe umbrellas. Duffel and sleeping bags lay at their feet. "I could be the bigger person and try to connect with that lady," the Occupier said, obligatory gray hoodie covering his hair.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2008 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
For two years now, Ian Brennan has dedicated himself to documenting the invisible: tracking down the exact spots where homeless people died on the streets. The 41-year-old music producer and former psychiatric worker says he's seen firsthand how much of society ignores the destitute. He's watched police belittle street people with emotional problems. He's witnessed pedestrians stepping over transients who collapsed in front of them.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
In mid-October, a homeless man was standing at the intersection of Hudson Street and Interstate 71 in Columbus, Ohio. A sign around his neck proclaimed that he had a "gift of voice" and had "fallen on hard times. " The man was spotted by a videographer for the Columbus Dispatch who conducted a couple of brief interviews, gave him a few bucks, and finally posted the video on the newspaper's website on Jan. 3. In less than two days, the homeless man, Ted Williams, was lifted from panhandling obscurity to YouTube sensation thanks to a 97-second clip that showcased his astonishingly resonant voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're fine with the idea of sleeping in a car. They can deal with panhandling for lunch money, passing up a dinner and not talking to friends for a few days. No television? No problem. But please, please, don't take away their daily shower and shampoo. All wailing and pleading aside--and there was a lot of it Tuesday--125 students at Irvine High School have agreed to deprive themselves of a host of creature comforts to get a sense of what it might be like to be homeless.
OPINION
February 18, 1990 | Elaine K. Sewell Jones, Elaine K. Sewell Jones, a writer on architecture and design, is preparing A. Quincy Jones' papers for the UCLA Research Library, Department of Special Collections.
Dear Councilman: For six weeks, a woman without a home has chosen to occupy either the alley at my property line, against my building, or the parking strip at my property. The avenues open for assistance seem to be minimum for someone with a compassionate heart who does not want to ignore the problem of the homeless, in general, and who wants to feel there is an answer for the relocation of an uninvited, unwanted occupant at one's residence, in particular.
NEWS
February 7, 2004 | Angie Moeller, Angie Moeller works for the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a nonprofit serving the homeless in southern Sonoma County.
One recent night my eldest son came in from a late-night pizza run with his teenage friends. It had been raining and he was wearing a wool shirt and knit cap. "You look cozy," I commented as he breezed by. "One of my friends said, 'You look like a homeless person' ... the rest of them just laughed," he said. This is the son who has volunteered for a homeless shelter and helped pack boxes of emergency food for needy families countless times.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'MacGyver' Helps the Homeless: The action-adventures series "MacGyver" cast 24 homeless people in Vancouver for its next episode. "In preparing to shoot this episode, it became apparent to us that the homeless could benefit from a day's wages and being involved in portraying themselves," said executive producer Stephen Downing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2005 | Josh Getlin and Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writers
During the winter of 1990, New York City's chief of transit police unveiled plans to crack down on homeless people living in subway tunnels. From that point on, William Bratton said, police would sweep into those encampments, escort hundreds of people out and bus them to shelters. "We got some resistance over our efforts," said Bratton, now Los Angeles' police chief, in a recent interview. "Critics said, 'You've just pushed them into the cold.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The controversial "care not cash" initiative will finally go into effect this week, more than two years after being passed. Until now, homeless people receiving monthly welfare checks for as much as $410 had the option of spending some of it on rental rooms. Now, that option has been removed. As of Monday, whenever city welfare officials have a shelter bed or a permanent room available, it will be offered to a homeless person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Police were initially baffled when someone killed a popular and friendly homeless man by dousing him with gasoline and setting him on fire in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. But homicide detectives soon zeroed in on Ben Matthew Martin, a man obsessed with cleanliness who also had a history of run-ins with the homeless. Martin, they discovered, had worked at a barbershop near the crime scene and was known for yelling at street people who lingered in the area. In the summer of 2008, he was fired when his boss learned he had struck a homeless man with a bag of towels and kicked him in the back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Finding permanent housing for Los Angeles County's homeless rather than allowing them to continue living on the streets could save taxpayer money, according to a study released Tuesday by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The four-year study followed four homeless people while they lived on the streets and later as they found stable housing. Researchers concluded that taxpayers could save $20,000 a year per person using public services. There were an estimated 73,000 homeless in the county last year.
NATIONAL
July 30, 2008 | Vimal Patel, Times Staff Writer
The number of chronically homeless people declined by 15% last year, according to a first-of-its-kind government report released Tuesday, though officials cautioned that part of the decline may be attributable to better counting methods. Nationwide, almost 1.6 million people were homeless and found shelter last year, the report found. "We're very encouraged by this," said Steven Preston, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, whose department released the report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Authorities are accustomed to finding homeless encampments around downtown Los Angeles. But they weren't ready for the nestlike spot discovered Tuesday, a "home" suspended at least 15 feet above Figueroa Street, perched on the supports of the 1st Street overpass. The Los Angeles Fire Department had to send a ladder truck so city workers could remove more than a dozen garbage bags of personal belongings -- mostly clothing and bedding -- from a makeshift living space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2008 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
For two years now, Ian Brennan has dedicated himself to documenting the invisible: tracking down the exact spots where homeless people died on the streets. The 41-year-old music producer and former psychiatric worker says he's seen firsthand how much of society ignores the destitute. He's watched police belittle street people with emotional problems. He's witnessed pedestrians stepping over transients who collapsed in front of them.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2006 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
THE king of Las Vegas sat on his throne, a wood and leather replica of one that belonged to a mid-19th century Bavarian king. Resting his hand on the lion's head carved into its arm, Mayor Oscar Goodman talked of his empire's poorest souls. "I love the homeless," said Goodman, who once proposed shipping them to an abandoned prison 30 miles away. "Unfortunately," the former Mafia defense lawyer added, "they're really interfering with the quality of life."
NEWS
May 4, 2002 | JOEL JOHN ROBERTS, Joel John Roberts is the executive director of PATH. (People Assisting The Homeless), a regional homeless agency.
Mayor James K. Hahn's new annual budget is basically a carbon copy of previous years and makes a dismally low investment in assisting the homeless. I recently was a panelist on Gov. Gray Davis' first-ever Summit on Homelessness, where I was proud that California was taking a lead in ending homelessness--including backing up words with dollars through a proposed $2.1-billion housing bond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1993 | PENELOPE MCMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A little more than a week ago, Alma Smith was cooking for herself and other homeless members of a Downtown street encampment where she lived. Today, she is head chef in the geodesic dome village experiment, designed to get street people on their feet. Smith has everything organized, labeling each drawer in the kitchen dome according to its contents, such as "utensils," "forks" or "plastic wrap." Her goal, she said, is to run a cafeteria kitchen.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
The governor of Maine signed legislation Thursday to stiffen the penalty for those convicted of attacking homeless people. The measure, said to be the first law of its kind in the country, allows judges to add more incarceration time in such crimes. It comes amid a recent nationwide increase in violence against the homeless. "Maine is leading the nation in protecting homeless people," Democratic Gov. John E. Baldacci said in the capital of Augusta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2005 | Lee Romney and John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writers
When constituents demanded to know what Mayor Gavin Newsom was doing about the city's homeless problem, he'd rattle off his projects and personal philosophies. Then he'd turn the tables: What are you doing, he'd ask? More than a year later, the answer for many residents is "plenty." Eager to involve regular citizens in the homelessness quandary, Newsom launched Project Homeless Connect, a massive volunteer effort to bring to one place dozens of services for the city's street dwellers.
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