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December 11, 1998 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the first formal step to tackling homelessness as a countywide problem, the county's panel of city representatives has formed an ad hoc committee that will meet next week to begin hammering out long-term solutions. The committee was created by the Ventura Council of Governments after homeless people in Ventura were left without an emergency warming shelter this winter. Last winter, county officials announced that it was the final year they would help provide a countywide winter shelter.
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November 8, 1998 | CLYDE B. REYNOLDS, Clyde B. Reynolds is executive director of Turning Point Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition. He is chair of the Ventura Social Services Task Force
How we define an issue or problem is critical to the solutions we offer to address it. The Ventura City Council voted recently to exclude programs serving the homeless and those recovering from substance abuse from its Community Partnership grant program. In response to a follow-up report from City Manager Donna Landeros, Councilman Ray DiGuilio asked the important question: "What is the issue?"
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April 1, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER and KARIMA A. HAYNES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Workers at the New Image homeless shelter prepared chicken and vegetables Tuesday for the 200 homeless men and women expected for a last night of shelter from the rain and cold. Even though forecasters predict more unseasonably wintry weather, Los Angeles County today ends its shelter program at New Image and 23 other facilities for the homeless. Funding from the county's Homeless Services Authority allows the facilities to serve the homeless every night between Dec. 16 and Feb.
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January 31, 1998
St. Joseph Center in Venice, which provides services and referrals to the homeless, is doubling in size by expanding into a adjacent 1,000-square-foot building, an action that has drawn mixed reactions in the Venice neighborhood. Center director Rhonda Meister stressed that the number of clients served by the Rose Avenue facility would remain the same--about 150 people a day. "This is a physical space expansion, not a numbers expansion," said Meister.
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November 14, 1997
Homeless rights activists took turns chaining themselves to a boarded-up hotel Thursday in an effort to get the city of Santa Monica to provide emergency shelter during the rain. Jennafer Waggoner and Linda Armstrong spent Thursday afternoon chained by their wrists to a pole behind the closed Flamingo Hotel on Ocean Avenue. They said they planned to stay until an emergency Red Cross shelter or the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was opened to allow homeless people a place to sleep out of the rain.
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November 8, 1997 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To the accompaniment of a blaring radio and a student announcer doing play by play, six Loyola Marymount University students sat down at noon Monday in a balloon-bedecked corner of the school's student union building to begin a card game they hoped would last 240 hours. By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 21 1/2 hours into the marathon, the announcer's mike was long gone, balloons were fewer and cheering spectators had been replaced by a television quietly screening the movie "The Breakfast Club."
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November 7, 1997 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To the accompaniment of a blaring radio and a student announcer doing play by play, six Loyola Marymount University students sat down at noon Monday in a balloon-bedecked corner of the school's student union building to begin a card game they hoped would last 240 hours. By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 21 1/2 hours into the marathon, the announcer's mike was long gone, balloons were fewer and cheering spectators had been replaced by a television quietly screening the movie "The Breakfast Club."
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July 23, 1997
A City Hall demonstration to protest cutbacks in public indoor shower facilities attracted more organizers and reporters than homeless people Tuesday. Organizers had pledged that homeless people would clean themselves inside City Hall to publicize cutbacks. "This is about a human and a civil right--the right to clean yourself before starting the day or going to work," said attorney Cynthia Anderson, a member of Women of Conscience, which sponsored the protest.
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February 21, 1997
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority held the first of several public hearings Thursday designed to let homeless agencies coordinate their strategies. The meeting, held in South-Central Los Angeles, was attended by several agencies that work under the umbrella of the authority, a joint city-county operation that coordinates homeless services.
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