It seems like an obvious fix to the squalor and stench as homelessness surges on Los Angeles streets: more restrooms.But L.A. has estimated that staffing and operating a mobile bathroom can cost more than $300,000 annually — a price tag that has galled some politicians. During budget talks this spring, city officials estimated that providing toilets and showers for every homeless encampment in need would cost more than $57 million a year.“How many single-family homes could you build for that much money?” Councilman Paul Krekorian asked at a hearing at City Hall last month, saying that L.A. had to find a cheaper solution.The heartburn over the price of bathrooms comes as the number of people living on the streets has surged. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority recently reported that the homeless population grew by 16% in the city this year, reaching more than 36,000. Two years ago, a report from homeless advocates found that people on skid row had less access … [Read more...] about Homeless people need more restrooms, but for $339,000 each?
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Christopher Weber, Associated Press Updated 5:13 pm PDT, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference at Western Avenue Elementary School, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Los Angeles. A day after voters overwhelmingly rejected a property tax that would have raised $500 million annually for the financially struggling Los Angeles Unified School District, the superintendent, the mayor and the head of the teachers union vowed to work together to get more state money for schools. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP) less Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference at Western Avenue Elementary School, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Los Angeles. A day after voters overwhelmingly rejected a property tax that ... more Photo: Scott Varley, AP … [Read more...] about LA schools to seek state money after ballot measure fails
In another sign that California is becoming more pet-friendly, state legislators may create a $5 million grant to help fund veterinary services, dog and cat food and kennel crates at homeless shelters that accept animals. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced Senate Bill 258 in February and said it could lead to getting more homeless people off the street and into shelters. “People aren’t going to go in the shelter and leave their best friend in the street,” Hertzberg said Monday when SB 258 went before the Human Services Committee, where it passed 6-0. “And sometimes their best friend is a pet.” More shelters have begun accepting pets in recent years, although there still are many holdouts. According to the bill, only 16 of 187 shelters surveyed in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose were pet friendly. Of large homeless service providers in San Diego County, only the Alpha Project has a blanket pet-friendly policy. … [Read more...] about Bill would fund homeless shelters that accept pets