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July 4, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Time was when "beach bum" was a phrase of endearment in laid-back Ocean Beach. No more. This normally quiet neighborhood is being torn by a dispute over the recent emergence of a beach subculture of unkempt young males sleeping in doorways, urinating in public places and panhandling aggressively. The flash point was the appearance of bumper stickers proclaiming: "Welcome To Ocean Beach. Please Don't Feed Our Bums." The stickers — sold at a local landmark business, The Black, better known for the sale of bongs, posters and jewelry — are flying off the shelves and cropping up on shop windows and cars around town.
November 22, 1998 | JERRY ROBERG, Jerry Roberg is executive director of the Rescue Mission Alliance
There are always two sides to a story. We hear that the economy is good. We hear that home prices in the San Fernando Valley are increasing. We see new companies opening for business. On the surface, that's good news. But if you dig a little deeper, you will see that good economic times for some can create hard times for others.
More than a year after announcing a major revitalization of downtown and a crackdown on the city's homeless population, police say they have made a serious dent in combating public drunkenness and illegal camping. On Friday, Assistant Chief Pat Miller said officers on the city's west side issued a record number of citations involving these same offenses during the first nine months of the year.
February 1, 1986 | SEBASTIAN DORTCH, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Peter Chacon (D-San Diego) Friday announced plans to introduce a $30-million proposal to provide aid for the state's growing homeless population. The legislation, called the Homeless Relief Act of 1986, would provide jobs, food, clothing and help in finding housing to Californians who have no place to live. There are about 500,000 homeless in California, 5,000 of them in San Diego County, according to Supervisor Leon Williams, who was at the press conference announcing the proposal.
January 30, 1985 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
A North Hollywood motel will soon begin providing its beds to San Fernando Valley residents under a federally funded program approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors. Larry Johnson, the county's assistant director of community and senior citizens services, said homeless families and individuals will be provided vouchers by Better Valley Services, a social services agency. The vouchers will be good for a temporary stay at the Fiesta Motel, 7843 Lankershim Blvd., he said.
August 24, 1991
I appreciate your coverage of the Union Rescue Mission's July 29 relocation site dedication ceremony, but was disappointed with the story's cynical tone. The article's subhead said that "The homeless view(ed) the ceremony through a fence," and pictured a person with a shopping cart peering at the activities. The picture was misleading. The article referred to fencing that kept out the homeless while corporate sponsors, the mission staff and elected officials were inside praising the new complex.
August 1, 1985
I was both amused and outraged at the piece by Kondratas. Homelessness is a critically serious problem for a large number of people in our country. By the nature of the problem, it is very difficult to get an exact count on the problem. However, those public and private agencies that try to serve the needs of the homeless agree that the problem has mushroomed since the Reagan depression of 1981-82. It is clear that regardless of what the correct number of homeless is, most cities and agencies are overwhelmed by the problem.
May 26, 1999
Free transportation and lunch will be provided for the homeless who attend a Thursday informational meeting designed to hook them up with medical care, housing services and other benefits. The meeting is targeted to the growing homeless population in the Sunland and Tujunga areas, including the foothills in La Tuna, Little Tujunga and Big Tujunga canyons. Residents have recently complained to Councilman Joel Wachs about the homeless encampments, and his office is investigating alternatives.
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