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October 7, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton said Friday that a new initiative to reduce lawlessness on skid row is showing encouraging results. They reported a decline in serious crimes, a drop in the number of street homeless and 830 arrests in the last month, about half for drug dealing. But Bratton cautioned that a 50-officer strike force deployed along with undercover narcotics detectives as part of the Safer City Initiative will need to work skid row long-term.
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November 9, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walking through the Union Avenue apartment was like taking a tour of hell. The rat and roach traps overflowed with vermin. A broken pipe spewed raw sewage into the basement. Drug dealers and gang members roamed the dark, dingy halls. It was the mid-1980s and Nancy Mintie, who had just moved her legal practice out of a garage and into a storefront office, figured this would be the most dismal slumlord case she would ever handle. How wrong she was.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1994
The city has approved a six-month pilot project to install as many as 30 portable toilets for homeless people on Skid Row. The Board of Public Works said the program, which was proposed by social service providers but opposed by many businesses, could be canceled at any time if problems develop. "This is a temporary solution," said Public Works Commission President Charles Dickerson. "This is not the optimal solution to homelessness. This is just a Band-Aid."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two dozen portable toilets will be installed around Los Angeles' Skid Row as early as next week, but the pattern of the potty installations will make more sense to political insiders than to the homeless men and women who are supposed to use them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five years of sleeping on the streets of Skid Row, Richard Croker was happy to be singing a different tune Thursday. "High hopes, I've got high hopes. I've got high apple pie in the sky hopes . . ." Croker crooned. If the words didn't fit the gritty setting at the corner of 4th and Los Angeles streets, where the 61-year-old homeless man was standing with a crowd of other homeless men, the sentiment did.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is the one thing Ray Castellani hoped never to say to the Skid Row bums he calls brothers: goodby. But after five years of feeding the forlorn and the forgotten, serving love with every egg salad sandwich, Castellani's Frontline Foundation is out of money and Castellani is nearly out of hope. "I feel, I feel alone," said Castellani, a recovering alcoholic whose drinking and bad luck landed him on Skid Row more than once in his 60 years. "I'm tired."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1990 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the past two years, Ray Castellani's white pickup truck had become a fixture of sorts on the ever-changing, hopeless streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Three times each week he parked the truck at the corner of 5th and San Pedro streets and used the pickup's tailgate as a makeshift sandwich bar from which he fed hundreds of the homeless men and women who call him "Papa." But no more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1990
A plumber's torch caused a fire in a Skid Row hotel Monday afternoon that left about 50 people homeless, at least for the night. The fire was confined to the top floor of the three-story Southern Hotel, in the 400 block of East 5th Street, but water from fire hoses and a sprinkler system damaged rooms on other floors. It took three dozen firefighters about 20 minutes to quell the blaze. Residents said it was too late in the day to find beds in local shelters.
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July 2, 1990 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIME STAFF WRITER
Calling Los Angeles "America's most fertile field of dreams," Mayor Tom Bradley launched his unprecedented fifth term in June, 1989, by pledging an ambitious series of housing, transportation and environmental programs. One year later, most of the mayor's reforms have yet to blossom. For example, Bradley's proposal to cut rush-hour truck traffic on city streets by 70% won initial City Council approval last November, but now is stalled.
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