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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:18 AM

Wants to help L.A.'s homeless by cracking down on them

By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
SEP. 11, 2019 3 AM

... If President Trump wants to come in as a partner to work on serious solutions with local officials who have spent years studying and fighting this terribly complex social problem, that would be great. In fact, Mayor Eric Garcetti has been to Washington numerous times asking for federal resources. If the federal government wants to stop its disinvestment in affordable housing or throw its support behind Rep. Maxine Waters’ bill to appropriate $13.27 billion in mandatory emergency funding over five years to federal housing programs, that would be helpful. In 2018, California had more than 129,000 homeless people. Today there are nearly 59,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County alone.

But, sadly, help is not what we’ve come to expect from the Trump administration. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the president wants to conduct a sweeping “crackdown” on California’s homeless, razing encampments and moving homeless people into “government-backed facilities.” A Trump spokesman said that the president blames “liberal policies of overregulation, excessive taxation, and poor public service delivery” for homelessness and poverty in California, which he has called “a disgrace.”

We don’t know yet exactly what Trump’s plans are. But our fear is that he views homeless people the way he views undocumented immigrants seeking asylum — as dangerous, as a burden on society, as offensive to “real” Americans. In a July interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Trump made it clear that his concerns were not so much for the homeless themselves as for the people who work near them, for police officers on the beat and for foreign visitors who may come to visit. (They “can’t be looking at that,” he said.) ...

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-09-11/trump-seems-more-interested-in-cracking-down-on-homeless-people

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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:21 AM

1. Orders crackdown on homelessness in California

By ELIZABETH CHOU, DONNA LITTLEJOHN and THERESA WALKER
Southern California News Group
PUBLISHED: September 11, 2019 at 4:19 am
UPDATED: September 11, 2019 at 4:23 am

... Some local advocates of housing for the homeless pointed to the efforts taken up under past administrations on addressing homelessness.

“Veterans homelessness has decreased by 50% across this country since 2010 thanks, in large part, to the work of the federal government,” said Tommy Newman, who manages the United Way of Greater L.A.’s Everyone In campaign that is drumming up public support for permanent supportive housing.

Those figures were released in August 2016, with officials at the time attributing some of the success to a 2014 initiative by Michelle Obama, the wife of former President Barack Obama, to increase efforts on reducing veteran homelessness.

“They didn’t ‘crack-down’ or look for quick fixes — the progress is a result of investing in permanent housing and supportive services,” he said. “Our hope is that if anything comes out of the recent attention from the Trump Administration, it’s that they take the learnings from the work to end veterans homelessness and apply them more broadly” ...

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/11/trump-orders-crackdown-on-homelessness-in-california-as-white-house-officials-survey-la-areas-crisis/

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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:24 AM

2. Planning to put homeless people in government facilities

Zamira Rahim
3 hours ago

... Mr Trump has repeatedly insulted the leaders of California ...

Eric Garcetti, the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, issued a public invitation to the president to walk the city’s streets with him and discuss the homelessness crisis ...

Gavin Newsom .., added that the president “could start by ending his plans to cut food stamps, gut health care for low-income people and scare immigrant families from accessing government services.”

London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, ... said his city would welcome federal assistance “but simply cracking down on homelessness without providing the housing that people need is not a real solution” ...

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-homelessness-los-angeles-california-federal-government-a9100151.html


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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:27 AM

3. Pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps

By Jeff Stein , Tracy Jan , Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker
September 10 at 9:13 PM

... Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other cities and into new government-backed facilities ...

But it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use. It is also unclear whether the state’s Democratic politicians would cooperate with Trump, who has sought to embarrass them over the homelessness crisis with repeated attacks on their competency ...

Housing experts say homelessness in California has risen alongside housing and rental prices. That problem has been exacerbated by cuts to federal support for housing programs ...

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) criticized Trump’s push, saying that “yet again this is bravado for Trump’s base with no interest in the actual policy experts’ recommendations to solve an issue” ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/10/trump-pushing-major-crackdown-homeless-camps-california-with-aides-discussing-moving-residents-government-backed-facilities/

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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 09:00 AM

4. "...with no interest in the actual policy experts' recommendations to solve an issue"...

Of course not-- they don't want the issue solved. That would be work, you see. And when they screw it up, will lead to complaints and more "fake news".

There are programs that could be used, and more could be started, but the Trumpons are happy to just yak about it as a campaign issue. None of them ever go to these places, anyway.

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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 09:05 AM

5. "Wants" "Orders" "Planning" "Pushing" Who?

A title is like a headline.
Who wants?
Who orders?
Who is planning?
Who is pushing?
All of those would be good to know in the titles without needing to read the text of the post.

Sometimes I see a thread title and just click on it to see what the hell it's talking about.

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