Press Releases

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Work starts early at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA. Volunteers from USC, the local neighborhood and partner organizations are there by 6 a.m. sharp. As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts L.A. communities, USC and its partners have organized a food drive for those in need.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California leaders are banding together to seeking long-term funding for major efforts in the fight against homelessness.

They are seeking state legislation that sets aside $2 billion every year from the state budget to help people get off the streets and into housing.

Assembly Bill 3300 would provide $1.1 billion to counties and service organizations, $800 million to cities with a population over 300,000 and $100 million to nonprofit housing developers.

Friday, March 6, 2020

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — State and local leaders are requesting $2 billion in funding to combat homelessness.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says the state has a surplus, so the money is available.

Assembly Bill 3300 would appropriate $2 billion, beginning with the 2020-21 fiscal year and each following fiscal year, to provide grant funds to address homelessness challenges, including affordable housing, rental assistance and other services.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

At a town hall 16 months ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Mike Bonin endured a public flogging from residents who were incensed by a plan to build a homeless shelter across the street from some of the priciest real estate in Venice.

The opposition continued, first with a scathing social media campaign and then with a lawsuit.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

California’s state auditor will investigate how the Department of Toxic Substances Control is handling cleanup at a former battery recycling site just south of Los Angeles, where thousands of properties have been contaminated with lead.

The Joint Committee on Legislative Audit voted Wednesday to probe contracts, cleanup times, and other issues at the Exide Technologies site, which closed in 2015 and is in bankruptcy.

“This is the worst environmental disaster on the West Coast,” Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D), who requested the audit, said, adding that lawmakers have many questions.

Monday, February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Following the announcement that Customs and Border Protection agents would be deployed across the country in pursuit of migrants in 'sanctuary' cities, Los Angeles leaders are reiterating to the public that California law restricts state and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with ICE.

"This is a political act to send a specialized, weaponized SWAT team from CPB, as well as ICE, to go into immigrant communities... this is tantamount to a political tantrum," former state senator Kevin DeLeon said at a Friday press conference.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

By George SkeltonCapitol Journal Columnist

SACRAMENTO — OK, I’m waiting to hear about the tax increase that will be needed to pay for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plan to solve homelessness.

A tax hike is inevitable, but the T-word was conspicuously missing from Newsom’s frequently applauded State of the State address on Wednesday to a joint session of the California Legislature, which is tightly controlled by fellow Democrats.