In the summer of 2019, Fox News launched an ambitious project to record the aftermath of the homeless crisis in four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland, Ore. We saw a lack of security, hygiene and courtesy. Residents, homeless people and lawyers claim to have lost faith in the ability of elected officials to solve the problem. Most cities have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the problem just to make it worse. We saw that in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES – It's the stale stench of alcohol and human trash that hits you first. Then it's visually – row after row of dirty tents crammed onto the sidewalk next to piles of rotted garbage and broken gadgets. There are half-robed, drugged grenades of people wandering aimlessly in the middle of the street. Some curse cars. Others only stare. There are fights, prostitution and rodent caves. This is the legendary Skid Row in Los Angeles and a disaster.
Like several West Coast cities that Fox News visited, Los Angeles is struggling with a homeless crisis. However, unlike the East Coast, LA can not hide all the homeless in shelters or low-income homes.
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Failure Liberal politics, coupled with decades of neglect and mismanagement, has turned an old problem into a modern nightmare. Some fear that the City of Angels is about to return, and resent elected officials who are talking a big game but rarely deliver it.
"I do not want to see her in front of the camera," says Marquesha Babers, who lived on Skid Row as a teenager, Fox News said. "I do not want them to write more articles about how they are interested or how much they try to change things, I want them to do it."
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Throughout the state, officials have long been lamenting the horrors of homelessness, but without adopting meaningful legislation. Homeless advocates have accused those responsible of using the crisis to promote their own political aspirations and to manipulate an environment that allows them to avoid accountability.
The founder of the Los Angeles Community Action Network told Fox News. "Soundbites stating that this is a humanitarian crisis and that we need to do something just to see that something is either nothing or a way to criminalize it."
The best we can get out of those who have been chosen to solve problems is Soundbites.
California is responsible for the greater part of the country's homeless population. Although the number of homeless in Los Angeles has increased for the third time in four years, she has managed to solve the problem with hundreds of millions of dollars. The latest census released by the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority in June shows that nearly 60,000 homeless people live without permanent protection on a given night. In Los Angeles, the number of homeless people increased by 16 percent to 36,000 in 2019, while the number of chronically homeless – who have been on the streets for over a year – rose 17 percent. Incredible three quarters of the homeless in the city are unprotected.
The sobering statistic goes back to two voter-approved tax increases and $ 619 million last year to address the problem through social services and new housing.
The increase in numbers triggered dramatic press releases, scared editorials, and a lot of cues from elected officials. In the carousel of blame, local officials claim that the state does not do enough. California's governor says it was Washington's fault to cut federal funds, and President Trump then targets the Democrats' leadership qualities.
"California is a shame for our country," Trump said during a rally in August in Ohio. "It's a shame the world is looking at it, look at Los Angeles with the tents and the terrible, terrible disgusting conditions."
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Several Angelenos Fox News agreed and said they were frustrated at the pace of progress.
"It looks like things are getting worse and not getting better," said Whitney Beard, a worker in a downtown LA cafe, Fox News said. "We have been hearing this for years on the loop."
Things should change in November when the Californian Democrats achieved three times the legislative victories: both the government houses and the governors. With presumably two-thirds of the votes cast and Governor Gavin Newsom's pledge to make housing a priority, there was optimism in the air. This ended when the Democrats struggled to come to the same side and pass laws that would increase the state's housing supply. They have also taken another high-profile move that would encourage housing development near thoroughfares and single-family homes.
Other failures have been penalized pending stakeholder sharing and a hand-off approach by the governor's office. although he denies it.
Babers, who lived in Skid Row at age 15, says she feels used by officials trying to gain political points, and wants lip service and Oscar-worthy promises to help when the cameras roll over.
The political theater was shown during a June press conference on the city hall's south staircase. The photo-op and presser was classified as historic by Fox News and we were told that the city was finally starting to seriously address its worsening crisis. But instead of dealing with one of the worst man-made disasters in US history, Council members took turns attacking the cameras and beating Trump.
There is even a running joke among the homeless in downtown LA. They mock elected officials who breathlessly claim how "shocked" they are at the growing homelessness and deteriorating conditions on the streets.
"You are shocked! Shocked!" said a woman who lived in Skid Row and channeled Captain Renault out of "Casablanca". "Why are you shocked, we were down here all the time, they are the ones who do not come here."
Why are you shocked? We were down here all the time. They are the ones who do not come down here.
Although homeless people appear on highways and underpasses, home to Skid Row is the largest concentration of unprotected LA populations. Downtown, the last resort for winos and junkies in films such as "The Sting" and "The Little Shop of Horrors," has long been a garbage dump for hospitals, prisons and other cities and states seeking to dump their homeless. Today, the neighborhood to the east of the city center, which is about 50 blocks long, is a dystopian panorama of human misery, where empty-eyed residents get in and out of their temporary shelters and find their way through broken wheelchairs, discarded syringes, garbage, and human trash. The unhygienic circumstances have made it a veritable petri dish for rodent diseases.
It has become so bad that Newsom approached it in 2019 in its State of the State Address. "There was a hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego last year, there was a recent outbreak of syphilis in Sonoma, and now typhoid fever in Los Angeles, typhoid fever, in California, in 2019."  Our homeless crisis has increasingly become a public health crisis … And now typhoid in Los Angeles. Typhus. This is a medieval disease. In California. 2019.
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There are few, if any, pictorial solutions on the horizon.
Indignant residents say they are ready to hold the feet of their elected officials by the fire.
The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, is already feeling the heat.
The Democratic mayor, who flirted with a presidential election campaign in 2020, was tried because he had not treated the homeless problem with enough urgency. His office announced in 2018 the construction of 15 shelters, but the start was slow. In 2016, voters approved Proposition HHH, a $ 1.2 billion bond to build 10,000 housing units for the homeless. So far, however, only a handful of apartments have opened. The dual mayor, however, argues that the crisis would be far worse without his leadership.
Not everyone is convinced.
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Political in June The commentator Alexandra Datig made great efforts to remove Garcetti from office. She claimed that the mayor "could not cope with the crisis" and "he must resign".
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Garcetti arguing that the greatest political advance is taking place on the ground , referred to the recall as a "political game".