Los Angeles County Sheriff Again Calls for State of Emergency to Address Homelessness

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has again called for the county to declare a local state of emergency to address homelessness.   Villanueva held a public community meeting in Granada Hills on Aug. 12, where he and others from the department’s Homeless Outreach and Mental Evaluation teams and the Narcotics Bureau spoke about homelessness and public safety.   Currently, there are more than 66,000 unhoused people in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in 2020. LAHSA recorded a 12.7 percent increase in homeless numbers in 2020.   Some say that the solution to homelessness in the county is to enforce regulation of public space; to others, the solution is to provide resources and temporary or permanent housing.   Villanueva said during the meeting that it is the responsibility of the government to regulate public space.   “What we’re learning is that our political institutions are responsible for the homeless crisis as we see it today,” Villanueva said.   Villanueva said he identified Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, and the five members …

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