Monday, April 2, 2018

Eddie Kim - Los Angeles Downtown News

By Blair Besten’s count, the man she calls “James” has been living and sleeping in the Historic Core for a decade or longer, usually curling up near the intersection of Eighth Street and Broadway.

One of his most troubling routines was to step into oncoming traffic at Seventh and Spring streets to defecate on the pockmarked asphalt nearly every day. Besten, the executive director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District and a neighborhood resident, also frequently found him wandering without any shoes, or sleeping with no layers on cold, windy nights.

Last year, she decided to try to get him help. It was easier thought than done — James wouldn’t agree to treatment. Besten persisted, spending hours observing him with psychiatric specialists. At one point, he was spotted chewing on bits of tar from the roadway, and the group decided to intervene.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jacqueline Garcia - La Opinion

Cualquiera que vea a Marcos Estrada, quien tiene más de 50 tatuajes en su cuerpo y cara, podría intimidarse. Sin embargo, su voz es amigable y su conversación es la de un hombre dichoso con lo que hace.

“Llevo dos meses trabajando aquí y me gusta mucho”, contó hace unos días poco antes de la celebración por el nuevo Homeboy Electronic Recycling (Almacén de Reciclaje de Electrónicos) en el centro de Los Ángeles.

Estrada nació y creció en el este angelino, donde con apenas 10 años de edad —confiesa— comenzó a involucrarse con pandilleros debido a la falta de atención en casa y a las carencias económicas que vivía.

“A los 17 años entré a prisión por primera vez y de ahí entraba y salía”, recordó este hombre de 28 años quien es hijo de mexicanos.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

By Liam Dillon - LA Times

The mayors of California’s 11 largest cities are pushing for $1.5 billion in state money to address homelessness.

“Homelessness is the single biggest quality of life challenge we face in our cities,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who is leading the group of big-city mayors. “Cities cannot do it alone.”

The pitch comes in new state legislation, Assembly Bill 3171, which would require local governments to match the state dollars, resulting in $3 billion to fund homeless shelters, rental assistance, permanent housing and other efforts.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Peter Holley - Washington Post

Inventor and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk claims he’s sold thousands of flamethrowers in recent days, turning a online gag into a marketing ploy worth millions.

But a California assemblyman said he plans to introduce legislation to block the distribution of the devices before they end up in customers’ hands.

In an email to The Washington Post, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said he thought the flamethrower idea was a joke when he first heard about it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Susan Abram - Los Angeles Daily News

Two Los Angeles-area assemblymembers introduced legislation Wednesday to amend a state code to give providers more support if they determine a homeless individual who has a mental illness needs medical care.

The introduction of AB 1971 comes a day after LA County leaders voted 4 to 1 to sponsor legislation that would allow social workers and members of law enforcement to determine if a homeless person is “gravely disabled” enough to be detained and taken into medical care.

Currently, the state code on “gravely disabled” reads: “A condition in which a person, as a result of a mental disorder (rather than a chosen lifestyle or lack of funds) is unable to provide for his or her basic needs for food, clothing or shelter.”

AB 1971 would amend that to include “or medical treatment where the lack or failure of such treatment may result in substantial physical harm or death.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Jonathan Lopez - TopSpeed

Elon Musk’s latest venture, The Boring Company, is offering up presales on a new branded “flamethrower,” accumulating some 10,000 orders in just two days. Musk promises the device is legal and not eligible for regulation by the ATF, but one California politician doesn’t want them in the Golden State.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


State Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced legislation Wednesday to change the criteria by which local governments are able to provide critical medical care to homeless individuals who are mentally ill.

AB 1971’s introduction comes a day after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to approve such legislation.

“It is inhumane to be a bystander when we have the power to do something to save lives in this vulnerable population,” Santiago said. “We need to ensure there is proper medical care for homeless individuals with mental illness who are suffering on the streets with serious physical ailments.”