Saturday, August 31, 2019

UPDATE: Petition Status

The formal Petition to Recall Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti was submitted to the Los Angeles City Clerk's Office without the Mayor's response. The Mayor’s response was not added to the petition, because the Mayor failed to timely serve the committee, per Election Code 721. In addition, the Mayor's response accuses the Committee of having a "fraudulent" and "misleading" petition, when in fact the petition uses numbers from LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority), the agency Garcetti oversees.

On Wednesday August 28, 2019, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, released his audit on LAHSA’s violations of its contract with the City of Los Angeles, stating the agency failed to meet seven of its nine goals, and the Mayor of Los Angeles used exaggerated numbers saying he housed 21,000 people in the past fiscal year. The Mayor also used these same exaggerated numbers, which are County and not City numbers, in his answer to the recall.

The Committee to Recall Mayor Eric Garcetti was told by the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office, we are still required to add the Mayor’s now proven to be false and exaggerated statement, to the bottom of our petition. The Committee to Recall Mayor Eric Garcetti believes this to be a response we cannot accept.

It is and always was the Committee’s position we do not believe it is either ethical, legal or authorized for the committee to be compelled by the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office to add the Mayor’s fraudulent answer, never timely served on the Committee to the bottom of our petition.

We will provide an update on the advancement of the recall in the coming week.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Wed, 9am- Controller Says L.A.'s Homeless Outreach Falls Short, Calls for Fix


Event Date: Wednesday, August 28
Contact: Ian Thompson, 310-490-8595 (cell) | 213-978-7200 (office)

Press Conference: Wed, 9am

Controller Says L.A.’s Homeless Outreach is Falling Short, Calls for Data-Driven Fix

LOS ANGELES — On Wednesday morning, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin will unveil a report on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA)outreach program, highlighting its limitations and discussing how the City of Los Angeles can work with LAHSA to overcome them by implementing a new, effective and proactive outreach strategy with clear goals and measurable results. 

LAHSA is a City-County joint powers authority responsible for connecting the region’s 56,000 homeless people with housing and services. Over the past two years, the City and County have poured $54 million into LAHSA’s outreach efforts, yet homelessness in the City spiked 16 percent this year alone. 

Galperin’s report finds that LAHSA is falling short on nearly all of its City outreach goals, including placing those experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, connecting them with shelter or bridge housing, and getting treatment for those with mental health and substance abuse issues. He also points out that LAHSA’s City and County outreach goals aren’t consistent and City outreach is too heavily focused on reacting to complaints about homeless encampments instead of proactive services. 

At the press conference, Galperin will address these issues and recommend a new data-driven and proactive outreach strategy to create a statistically-driven performance management system, HomeSTAT, to inform LAHSA’s outreach goals. HomeSTAT could fundamentally reshape LAHSA’s outreach program by using real-time data on homelessness to evaluate performance and make informed decisions about resource allocation. 

When: Wednesday, August 28, 9am

Where: City Hall East, 200 N. Main St., Suite 350B (third floor, Controller’s Media Room)

Who:  L.A. Controller Ron Galperin

Follow L.A. Controller Ron Galperin at @LAController on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


Ian Thompson
Communications Director
213.978.7200 (office) | 310.490.8595 (cell)

Monday, August 12, 2019

FPI: Los Angeles is a National Disgrace because its Citizens are Not a Priority

Alex talks about historical factors of the homeless problem in Los Angeles and how a new brand of hard left politics disrupted efforts in 2005, contributing to the present catastrophe. Currently, California Congresswoman Karen Bass, Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore, County of Los Angeles Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rescue Mission CEO Reverend Andy Bales, who is the leading faith-based advocate on homelessness in Los Angeles and the nation’s leading expert on mental health and addiction Dr. Drew Pinsky, have all called the situation ‘a state of emergency.’ With the 75% increase in homelessness in the past six years under his watch, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti still refuses to declare a state of emergency.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

LAPD Chief Michael Moore: Los Angeles Homeless Crisis Social Emergency Can Not be Overstated

Monday, August 5, 2019

Downtown L.A. News: When it Comes to Homelessness, We Must Do More and We Must Do it Now

Rev. Andy Bales
Photo Credit: L.A Weekly
By Rev. Andy Bales and G. Michael Arnold, Aug. 5, 2019

DTLA—Los Angeles is facing a humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands of individuals living on the streets and facing disease, unimaginable squalor and violence. Day after day we make excuses for our inability to effectively address one of the most critical and expensive crises our city has ever faced. Instead of tackling this issue head-on, our representatives are spending tremendous amounts of money to address only a small percentage of the problem.

While our idealistic plans of permanent housing for every person are laudable, they don’t address the urgent question that 60,000 people in Los Angeles County face each evening: Where will I sleep tonight? For those without shelter, that question is pressing. It should also be pressing for the rest of us.

Homeless Soars Again in the City and County

Approximately 75% of the 130,000 people experiencing homelessness in California have no place to seek safe shelter. Such a significant number of unsheltered persons has led to filthy conditions that spread disease. Crime by desperate and often mentally ill or drug-intoxicated individuals has increased. These conditions put all of us at risk.

The city’s current strategy — focusing almost exclusively on permanent supportive housing — takes too long, is too expensive, and addresses the needs of only 20%-25% of Los Angeles’ homeless population. We cannot continue down the path of believing there is only one approach for addressing this crisis. We need permanent supportive housing, and we need emergency shelter, and we need bridge and transitional housing. We need more and we need it faster.

Our failure to address the needs of all homeless people is both morally and fiscally irresponsible. We know that people living unsheltered face a significant threat to their health, safety and well-being, and that unsheltered living conditions result in a need for more intensive and expensive services. The cost of a one-time intervention to get a homeless individual into permanent housing is around $20,000. That increases to an annual cost of $20,000 in housing and services if that person is chronically homeless. This doesn’t take into consideration the tremendous expense in police, fire and medical services on behalf of chronically homeless individuals. We literally cannot afford to look the other way.

By no means are we suggesting that the current solutions are not good. We agree that the increased focus on permanent-supportive and affordable housing is important and necessary. When successful, it will not only provide homes to those in need but will also provide access to support services for a variety of conditions affecting people experiencing homelessness.

However, it currently costs around $500,000 to build each unit of permanent supportive housing. Again, this unwieldy amount only addresses the needs of about 25% of the population and it will take years if not decades to achieve. By contrast, Union Rescue Mission was able to build a structure just in the last few months with heat, air conditioning and case management 24/7 for only $10,000 per bed.

Recently, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg authored an Op-Ed that recognized the need for Sacramento and the state of California to do more, and to do it immediately. He makes clear that fighting the homelessness crisis is not a one-dimensional battle. Instead, it requires a creative and multi-faceted approach, and support from all areas. He is correct. Our solutions need to reflect the current state of the infrastructure, as well as the infrastructure we need to develop for housing and services solutions.

We need to empower city officials to enforce laws and regulations concerning people experiencing homelessness, and to facilitate the ability of individuals living on the street to take personal responsibility to seek shelter and services. We must be prepared to provide these individuals with safe and sanitary housing. Then we need to provide them with services that will incentivize them to stay — services such as job assistance, emergency health care and mental health support.

Waiting until we somehow have an ideal solution — a forever home for every homeless individual — is not an option. It is time for us to do more and we must do it now. We need temporary and permanent solutions for all people experiencing homelessness.

Getting people off the streets and into appropriate housing and services benefits all of us. It’s good for the person or family experiencing homelessness; it’s good for the neighborhood and the whole community; it’s good for business; and it’s good for our cities, our counties and our state. Our streets are for us to enjoy, not to be forced to avoid.

The alternative is that we allow the most vulnerable among us to wither and die while we sit on our hands. In one of the wealthiest and most progressive cities and states in the nation, that is unacceptable.

Rev. Andy Bales is CEO of the Union Rescue Mission. G. Michael Arnold is President and CEO of the Midnight Mission.