Count of homeless to begin
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A three-day count of the homeless population in much of Los Angeles County will begin tonight in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles.
The effort, billed as the largest in the nation to tabulate the numbers of homeless, is conducted every two years, coordinated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Volunteers will count the homeless on streets and at hospitals, jails and foster care and mental health facilities, along with places not intended for people to live, such as cars, parks, sidewalks and abandoned buildings, according to LAHSA.
The count will cover about 4,000 square miles. It will exclude Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, where other agencies will count the homeless, Arnold said.
The count will be conducted in West Los Angeles and the South Bay Wednesday, the Antelope Valley Thursday morning and the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, metropolitan Los Angeles and South Los Angeles Thursday night.
“The 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is unquestionably the most important exercise we do to learn who are the men, women and children amongst us experiencing homelessness and that’s why I commend the many volunteers, communities and organizations from all over Los Angeles for stepping forward to join LAHSA in this effort,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
The count conducted in 2011 found a homeless population of 45,422 people, a drop of more than 2,000 from the 2009 count, when the tally was 47,572, according to LAHSA.
LAHSA says data collected over the next three days will be analyzed over several weeks to create a demographic survey that can be used to plan and deploy resources serving the homeless.
“We all have a stake in in preventing and ending homelessness,” LAHSA Executive Director Michael Arnold said. “The thousands of volunteers from communities all over Los Angeles participating in the count ... demonstrate that people care enough about this issue to make a tangible commitment to do something about it.”
By September 2012, I had been living on the street consistently for a number of days. I called it my “vampire syndrome”—up all night, sleeping during the day and only staying in someone’s home if they invited me in.
Love of God is a non-church-affiliated, Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization providing home-cooked meals, clothing and toiletries to homeless men, women and children. The organization works in Los Angeles and Orange County with eight projects that serve up to 750 people per project.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A top AEG executive referred to Michael Jackson as “a freak” and another called him “creepy” just hours before their company signed the pop icon to a huge concert deal.
The revelation brought an audible gasp in the Los Angeles courtroom at the wrongful death trial Wednesday and left fans crying.
Jackson’s mother and children are suing AEG Live for the negligent hiring, retention or supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Every issue in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial is so disputed that even giving candy to jurors caused an argument.
AEG lawyers gave a bag of peppermint candy to the bailiff to hand out to the jury this week. Even Katherine Jackson — the pop icon’s mother — enjoyed the treat.
But Jackson’s lawyer raised an objection Tuesday afternoon, suggesting jurors might be influenced if they realized the source of the sweets.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A man in his early 20s suffered life-threatening wounds to his upper back this morning in a shooting in the Leimert Park, police said.
The shooting in the 3800 block of Third Avenue, near 39th Street, was reported around 12:20 a.m., said Lt. H. Fanfassian, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Station.
The victim, who was hospitalized “in extremely serious condition,” did not provide police details of the shooting or a suspect description, Fanfassian said.