by John Sexton
June 15, 2019
Earlier this month, the results of a survey of the homeless in Los Angeles County found the numbers were up sharply, about 12% in the county and 16% in the city. Now a petition has been launched to recall Mayor Eric Garcetti over his handling of the crisis. The petition would need signatures from 10% of LA voters to move forward. That’s just over 300,000 people so the petition is seeking a total of 350,000 signatures to make sure it clears that hurdle.
Under intense pressure because of the spike in homelessness, Mayor Garcetti released a letter Wednesday which compared the crisis to major natural disasters in California’s history:
When the Great San Francisco Earthquake struck in 1906, it quickly became the worst disaster in California history. Overnight, more than 200,000 people became homeless.
Now, the most recent statewide data shows that California has 129,972 homeless residents, making our current homelessness crisis the second-worst disaster we’ve ever seen in the Golden State…
While we have housed more homeless Angelenos than ever before in our city’s history, it’s not enough. We must respond like it’s an earthquake – and do more, faster.
Garcetti goes on to say that the solution is more housing and touts his record of building new housing:
Read Much More HERE