April 22, 2014
Re "The Resurrection's challenge," Opinion, April 20 Skid row soup-kitchen operator Jeff Dietrich's writing is always confrontational, annoying and inspiring. This article was true to form, only more so. I can't believe Dietrich feels that he has to measure up to the risen Christ. His work may be a lot of things, and it ain't easy. The description of the homeless man needing a bathroom in the early morning - whom Dietrich turned away, citing the fact that his facility wasn't open yet and prior experiences letting the homeless use his bathroom - was poignantly real.
December 25, 2012 |
Inside the grubby brown paper lunch bag was a red leather Gucci wallet that contained a checkbook, credit cards, a $50 check to a church, a St. Joseph holy card and a $2,500 payroll check. "I thought someone might need this to make their mortgage payment," Ernie said as he handed me the bag with its unlikely contents. The irony is that Ernie is a homeless man who sleeps on the streets of skid row and he was worried about the checkbook owners, who had a house in fashionable La Cañada.
June 21, 2012
This week, city officials began a major cleanup of skid row's streets and sidewalks. The goal is to rid the area of hazardous bulky items and material that has attracted vermin or otherwise poses a threat to public health and safety. So far - and its only been two days - the city appears to be running this project carefully and thoughtfully. Officials had said their ability to clean the streets was limited by a 2011 federal court injunction barring the city from seizing the unattended belongings of the homeless on skid row. As this cleanup continues, we expect the city to comply with that ruling while carrying out its responsibility to remove objects and waste that endanger everyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
Cindi Kauffman was in downtown Los Angeles in July in search of street art. On skid row, she found this mural , which she felt captured the circumstances of some of the district's residents. " I talked to people down there who had graduated college with different degrees and somehow or other they just couldn't get off skid row," Kauffman said. She used a Nikon D7000. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
April 8, 2014
Re "A new approach to skid row," Editorial, April 4 I am delighted by your editorial. As part of the L.A. Catholic Worker community on skid row for more than 40 years, we have not only fed and cared for the homeless, we have also over the years given out roughly 10,000 free shopping carts. We have been an integral part of the federal lawsuit against the city for the seizure of shopping carts and the vital possessions of the homeless that the city has fruitlessly pursued all the way to the Supreme Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 |
In a break with the city's earlier confrontational stance, Los Angeles' chief administrative officer Monday proposed a $3.7-million skid row cleanup program that would increase 24-hour bathroom access for homeless people and expand storage for their belongings. The proposal, which must be approved by the City Council, calls for setting aside part of a skid row parking lot where homeless people can check their shopping carts and small bins for the day. The plan would also expand a seven-day storage operation by 500 bins, and move a 90-day storage facility east of Alameda Street into the heart of skid row. The increased round-the-clock bathroom access would be funded by the city at existing skid row shelters and social service agencies.