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October 25, 2001 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"A drug-addict lady had a baby in the lobby," Pablo is saying. "She didn't even know she was having a baby. People been found in their rooms dead from ODs. The night before last, somebody got stabbed in the street." Pablo sits with his wife and year-old daughter in what used to be an opulent hotel suite. They have been here more than a year, paying $325 a month for a room with no kitchen and no bathroom mirror. A strip of wood nailed outside the front door is meant to keep the rats out.
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February 6, 2009 | Scott Gold
The trappings of the lives of Krystle Marage and her three daughters are not unusual. There are hairbrushes and loofah sponges; Game Boys and skateboards; school books and Bibles; clothes, clothes and more clothes. These days, they have to fit it all inside four trash cans, which sit alongside 500 others in a dank warehouse, around the corner from a frozen fish distributor and a cheap hotel. Marage, 46, grew up on a pig-and-chicken farm in Belize.
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June 27, 1990
The Volunteers of America readmitted residents to its Women and Couples Shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles Tuesday, ending a one-day lockout that was part of an effort to shut down its operations. According to an agreement between the nonprofit agency and the Inner City Law Center, representing about 20 residents who suddenly found themselves homeless on Monday, the residents will stay at the shelter at 611 E. 5th St. while VOA helps them find other housing.
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October 16, 2008 | Phil Willon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has vetoed a $96,000 contract for outside legal help to defend the city against allegations that it discriminates against the disabled on skid row. It marks only the fourth veto the mayor has issued since taking office in 2005.
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November 30, 2005 | Richard Winton and Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writers
Responding to criticisms that county hospitals routinely leave discharged patients on skid row, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to change the way it releases homeless patients from county-run facilities.
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December 25, 1989 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From Skid Row, Los Angeles, with love, the Christmas cards have gone out to homes from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Hannibal, Mo., to Guadalajara, Mexico. Typically, they are signed, "Your son." And, often, there is no return address. "They wanted their families to know they were OK, but a lot of them said, 'I don't want people to know where I am,' " said Catherine Morris, who for the last three weeks has been giving away cards from a table set up on a street corner in the heart of Skid Row.
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March 10, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
In an attempt to save the dwindling stock of low-cost housing on Skid Row, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley on Thursday proposed a measure aimed at preventing more demolitions of single-room-occupancy hotels in the city's neighborhood of last resort. "These hotels are our last defense against homelessness," Bradley said in a City Hall press conference to announce his plan.
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March 30, 1990 | BILL BOYARSKY
The office of the newspaper Public Forum is on the second floor of the La Jolla Hotel, 721 East 6th St., Skid Row, Los Angeles. I visited it the other day to meet the publisher, Barbara Frost, who, together with a few Skid Row volunteers, have put out four editions of the paper. They want to publish it every week. I know several woman like Frost on the Row. They're educated people of the middle class who've rejected comfort to help those condemned to the city's special hell.
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February 28, 1985
Kevin Roderick's comprehensive review of the homeless problem (Feb. 17) was excellent. However, one area of the story needs to be clarified. It is somewhat misleading to state that, "Perhaps half of the homeless are mentally ill, according to recent studies . . . " My question is, what studies? And what kinds of "mental illness"? Nearly two years ago, as a National Institute of Mental Health scholar in the psychiatric epidemiology program at the School of Public Health, UCLA, I founded the Basic Shelter Research Project in Los Angeles.
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October 5, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
To understand how the streets of downtown Los Angeles have become a depository for drug addicts, parolees and homeless people, just look through the logs of the skid row detox center run by the Volunteers of America. In the last month alone, dozens of police cruisers from as far away as Carson and Venice have pulled up to the center's doors on Crocker Street near 5th Street, bringing with them more than 150 intoxicated homeless people.
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April 12, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
The LAPD's campaign against drug dealing on skid row arrived this month at the apartment of an alleged street-corner dealer. Police found $135,035 -- including about $6,000 in quarters, nickels and dimes. The arrest was immediately felt on the street, "because people couldn't find their drugs," said LAPD Capt. Jodi Wakefield. The arrest underscores skid row's reputation as L.A.'s bazaar for street drugs.
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February 15, 2008 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Thirteen-year-old Kevin Cedano steps onto the stoop of the Ohio Hotel. "Watch out for the doo-doo." The words tumble out through the peach fuzz on Kevin's upper lip. They come with no hint of judgment, or pain. He might as well be warning you about a pothole or a low-lying tree branch, though the deposit has been left outside his home, and not by a dog but a woman in a blue cardigan who is now toddling off down Ceres Avenue in Los Angeles.
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January 8, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Social service volunteers identified a 65-year-old homeless veteran as one of the people most likely to die on skid row in downtown Los Angeles. The man, who suffers from kidney and liver disease and has lived for decades on the streets, belonged at the top of a new list of 50 skid row residents deemed in urgent need of permanent housing, county officials said.
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December 26, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
The line for the free money began to form about 7 a.m. Christmas morning. Homeless veterans, drug addicts, pregnant women with children, and people in wheelchairs took numbered tickets and waited patiently on the sidewalk on skid row. At 8:30 a.m., when a man showed up nearby and started tossing wads of dollar bills into the air, police stepped in to check him out -- but he wasn't the famous "Father Dollar Bill" they all were waiting for, just a wannabe with far fewer bucks to throw around.
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November 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to find housing for 50 of the most vulnerable homeless people on downtown's skid row. The proposal, approved unanimously, aims to find homes for the selected homeless within 100 days and to provide them with readily accessible support services, such as mental health and substance abuse counselors. Supervisors must approve the cost and other contract terms before the program becomes effective.
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November 1, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Several city officials introduced a proposed ordinance Wednesday that would make it illegal for hospitals to discharge patients in downtown skid row without the patients' consent. A similar bill was vetoed in mid-October by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said existing law was adequate to stop the problem. But Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and downtown Councilwoman Jan Perry say a new law is necessary because the city's only current remedy is to file civil suits against hospitals.
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May 30, 1987 | BILL BOYARSKY and PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn said Friday that he will refuse to prosecute homeless people arrested for camping on Skid Row streets next week. But Mayor Tom Bradley strongly backed a planned Police Department crackdown, declaring, "Those sidewalks belong to everyone, not just those who seek to commandeer them."
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August 6, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
Security measures surrounding the September visit of Pope John Paul II may force Los Angeles' largest Skid Row mission to shut down or curtail services to the homeless, it was learned Wednesday. Officials declined to discuss details, but George Caywood, executive director of the Union Rescue Mission on Main Street, acknowledged that there would be some "relocation" of services. Capt.
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October 12, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
The number of homeless people living in Los Angeles County on a given night has dropped significantly in the last two years, but more people are concentrated in downtown Los Angeles' skid row, according to a survey by a city-county agency. Countywide, the number of homeless dropped from 88,000 in 2005 to 74,000 this year, according to a federally required biennial report of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The 5,100 people sleeping on skid row represent a 40% jump from 2005.
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October 11, 2007 | Steve Hymon and David Zahniser, Times Staff Writers
Even as Los Angeles officials announced Wednesday that they were settling a lawsuit with advocates for the homeless over a city law that prohibits people from sleeping on sidewalks, downtown Councilwoman Jan Perry vowed to pursue a law that would forbid such camping. The legal settlement involves a 2003 lawsuit brought by skid row residents who complained they were being arrested for sleeping on sidewalks, despite having nowhere else to go.
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