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L.A. County Proposes New Oversight Panel to Guide Troubled Probation Department | KTLA
Los Angeles County should create a large, robust new commission to oversee its troubled Probation Department, a reform group created by the Board of Supervisors said Thursday. [Article]
by , . 2019-06-14
 
L.A.'s homeless: View from above shows homeless problem in San Fernando Valley | abc7.com
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- After spending the last couple of days in the Los Angeles basin to survey the city's homeless crisis, Chris Cristi from AIR7 HD flew over the San Fernando Valley, where thousands of homeless people live. [Article]
by , . 2019-06-14
 
LA Homeless Growing Faster than Homeless Housing
VOICES--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. [Article]
by , CityWatchLA. 2019-06-14
 
Disaster Preparedness, Urban Drilling Should Be Election Issues in 2020 - Culver City Observer
Culver City Fire Chief David White’s recent presentation on “Disaster Preparedness” alarmed many residents because we live near the largest urban oil and gas producing field in the USA. It made me realize that we are in a severe, high-fire risk zone that can destroy our homes and all our possessions. The poisonous toxic fumes can destroy our health or even kill us. Winds can spread these chemical fires and fumes for miles. Do we need to live with this ever-present threat? No! We can do something about it NOW! Besides clearing the brush around our homes, we need to do what we did in the 2018 Culver City Council election. [Article]
by , . 2019-06-14
 
L.A.’s chief auditor urges transparency over city’s use of Prop. HHH homeless funds – Daily News
Citing the results of the 2019 homeless count, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin on Wednesday urged leaders to more closely look at what’s happening to available public dollars targeted to combat the problem, which has been cascading across the city. “Angelenos need to know where their money is going and deserve better results,” Galperin said in a statement reminding the public of his office’s first analysis of Proposition HHH spending in his recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-06-14
 
California lawmakers approve a state budget blueprint, but negotiations continue - Los Angeles Times
Democrats in the California Legislature sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation Thursday that lays out the blueprint of a $214.8-billion state budget, a plan that assumes significant new spending on K-12 schools and healthcare while setting aside an unprecedented amount of tax revenue for future economic slowdowns. But work on the state budget remains ongoing as Newsom and lawmakers continue to privately negotiate over a closely watched effort to change California tax law — one that is essential to the governor’s plan to expand a tax credit for the state’s lowest earners. “I am confident in these ongoing negotiations,” state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) told her colleagues during debate on the overarching budget bill. The negotiations, though, have proved difficult. Most significant is an effort to bring in $1.7 billion in revenue by rewriting state tax law to more closely conform to changes made in 2017 to federal rules. The money is key to Newsom’s signature effort to triple the size of California’s tax credit for those with the lowest annual incomes. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-06-14
 
California cities lead the U.S. in inflation. Housing costs are a big reason why - Los Angeles Times
Nationally, consumer prices are barely moving, with inflation clocking in at just 1.8% for May. But if you live in a major urban area of California, you’ve noticed a much bigger hit. Among the chief culprits? Housing costs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that a handful of California metropolitan areas saw the greatest jump in the consumer price index in May. San Diego County saw the largest increase, with inflation over the past year of 3.8%. That was followed by Los Angeles and Orange counties, where consumer prices rose 3.1%. In the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, the inflation index climbed 2.9%. The San Francisco Bay Area, where the latest data is from April, saw consumer prices jump 4%. To some extent, the latest reports drive home the state’s housing affordability crisis. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-06-14
 
Homeless Outreach Program to Launch in San Juan | The Capistrano Dispatch
A multi-city program to help transition homeless individuals off the streets throughout South Orange County launched in nearby cities recently and is expected to incorporate San Juan Capistrano next month. Homeless services provider Mercy House is heading up the program, working with homeless liaison officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, as well as other groups, to get homeless individuals into the proper housing and mental health or substance-use treatment care. [Article]
by , . 2019-06-14
 
Laguna Beach Local News Petrie-Norris: House Homeless at Fairview - Laguna Beach Local News
Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) renewed her support for revitalizing the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa as part of the county’s solution for providing the homeless with housing during a recent forum hosted by Councilman Peter Blake More than 100 people packed a conference room at the Wells Fargo building in Laguna on June 8 to hear about the state’s ongoing efforts to address the three-headed crisis of homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse. Gov. Gavin Newsom has requested $2.2 million to conduct a site assessment of the 114-acre, state-owned center once 200 remaining individuals with cognitive disabilities are moved out by the end of this year. The assessment is expected to take six to 12 months and will study asbestos removal and other needed remediation before it’s opened to the homeless. [Article]
by , . 2019-06-14
 
Sheriff’s Department asks O.C. supervisors to add beds for mentally ill inmates at jail intake center - Los Angeles Times
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday requested $9.2 million from the Board of Supervisors to increase the number of beds for newly booked inmates with mental illness. The request is for a planned expansion of the Intake Release Center, a temporary housing unit where inmates are booked before being transferred to Central Jail in Santa Ana or the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange. Approval from the board would expand the number of beds in the mental health observation unit from 115 to 540. The Sheriff’s Department is converting cells that were previously used by general population inmates — not expanding the jail’s footprint — for the addition. To staff the expansion, the Orange County Health Care Agency plans to hire 119, full-time correctional mental health employees and four part-timers in fiscal 2019-20 at an expected annual cost of $16.9 million. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-06-14
 
OC should implement minor fix to rash of inmate deaths – Orange County Register
It’s understandable that Orange County officials get frustrated when the courts examine the operation of some of their agencies, including the jail system. But two reports from the Orange County Grand Jury offer insight into some of the reasons for outside oversight. County officials have a history of resisting changes to their procedures, which then invites lawsuits and investigations. The newest report, released early this month, focuses on a specific problem with a fairly simple fix. Called “The Silent Killer: Hypertension in Orange County’s Intake and Release Center,” it looks at 15 deaths of jail inmates with a history of cardiovascular ailments. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-06-14
 
Los Angeles, Orange County rents jump 5.4% — biggest hike in 12 years, says Consumer Price Index – Orange County Register
The cost of renting in L.A.-O.C. rose at a 5.4% annual rate last month, according to the Consumer Price Index, the biggest jump for any May since 2007. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CPI tracks rental costs by polling consumers vs. other measurements that come from landlord surveys. By this math, rent increases in May ran at the same pace as April and were up from 5% a year earlier. The last time the index was higher was May 2007 at 6.1%! [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-06-14
 
Spending On Transportation, Homeless Services, Mental Health Urged At County Budget Meeting | KPBS
County residents asked the Board of Supervisors to consider money for an immigrant services office, a permanent migrant shelter and more affordable housing options Thursday evening during a budget hearing. During the nearly four-hour hearing, more than 100 speakers also urged supervisors to focus on better public transportation, child care, homeless services and mental health treatment. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-06-14
 
In Risk-Prone Areas, Fire Insurance Is Getting Harder and Harder to Come By - Voice of San Diego
Following a series of catastrophic fires, insurance companies are beginning to dump customers who live in fire-prone areas of the state, including rural San Diego. That’s sent California homeowners scrambling to find another insurance company in places like Alpine, a town of 15,000 near the Cleveland National Forest. [Article]
by , Voice of San Diego. 2019-06-14
 
Politics Report: Big Cities Remembered They Run SANDAG Now - Voice of San Diego
Now they’re ready to play hardball. The SANDAG board voted Friday to schedule a re-vote on its previous decision to lobby the state for a lower number of homes it would be expected to build between 2021 and 2029. It was an unusually dramatic morning — regional planning agency meetings usually … aren’t. [Article]
by , Voice of San Diego. 2019-06-14
 
Jim LaMattery, Maya Rosas and Andy Kopp on zoning rules, YIMBYism and public housing - San Diego CityBeat
NIMBY? YIMBY? PHIMBY? Oh my! On this episode of Show In Progress with Matt Strabone, Matt hosts a forum of sorts to break down the housing debate in San Diego once and for all. He’s joined first by Jim LaMattery, a realtor and the spokesperson for anti-development group Raise the Balloon, who argues that San Diego should pump the brakes on changes that would make it easier to change zoning rules and build denser housing. Next is Maya Rosas, president of the YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County, who advocates for as much new housing to be built as possible in order to alleviate San Diego’s housing shortage. Finally, Andy Kopp, a public housing advocate, takes the position that the private sector alone can’t be relied upon to solve the housing crisis. The episode ends with a joke you’ll want to avoid if you can’t handle dairy. [Article]
by , . 2019-06-14
 
Supervisors hear from public during budget hearing | fox5sandiego.com
SAN DIEGO -- County residents asked the Board of Supervisors to consider money for an immigrant services office, a permanent migrant shelter and more affordable housing options Thursday evening during a budget hearing. [Article]
by , KSWB - Fox News San Diego. 2019-06-14
 
Residents urged to weigh in on county spending plan | fox5sandiego.com
SAN DIEGO -- County leaders will hold an budget hearing Thursday evening and they are urging residents to attend and weigh in on the plan to spend $6.21 billion of taxpayer money. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is urging people to attend the meeting, which will take place at the County Building at 1600 Pacific Highway at 5:30 p.m. "I believe our democracy and our governing bodies are most engaged when we listen," said Fletcher. [Article]
by , KSWB - Fox News San Diego. 2019-06-14
 
Supervisors expand grasslands preserve - Ramona Sentinel
County supervisors will spend nearly $1.2 million to add 123 acres to the north side of Ramona Grasslands Preserve. Located north of Old Survey Road No. 97 and east of Bandy Canyon Road, the property is appraised at $950,000. With staff, transaction and land improvement costs, total project cost is $1.17 million, the county reported. The county listed the Carroll family as parcel owners. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-06-14
 
Homebuilding tanks in San Diego County - The San Diego Union-Tribune
A historically low number of homes were built in San Diego County in the first three months of 2019. There were 1,180 residential permits pulled in the first quarter, a drop of 58 percent compared to the same time last year, said the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California. It was the most significant drop of the seven Southern California counties. The drop was largely the result of a reduction in the seemingly unstoppable apartment market. There were 556 multifamily permits pulled in the first quarter, a drop of 70 percent from 2018. While the apartment and condo market fluctuates heavily, because one approved project can mean hundreds of units, it was still notable because the apartment building pace had also slowed significantly at the end of last year. Analysts pointed to a slowdown in rent growth as the main reason for the reduction. Without a steady increase of 4 to 6 percent like the last few years, itís getting harder for developers to make a strong return on investment with rising costs of construction, said Nathan Moeder, principal with real estate analysts London Moeder Advisors. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-06-14
 
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