A key Los Angeles City Council committee on Wednesday moved to soften a controversial new homeless sweeps law, voting to omit arrests and fines for people who refuse to give up their property or put it in storage.
About 13,000 people on public assistance tumble into homelessness every month in Los Angeles County, according to a new study that experts say provides the clearest picture yet of extreme poverty in the region.
The three men who thwarted what French officials described as a terrorist attack on a train are winning accolades from top officials around the world.
Ken Gabel said Los Angeles police threatened to arrest him last month if he didn't clear out his skid row camp. So he agreed to walk with an officer to a nearby warehouse where homeless people can store their belongings to sign up for a storage bin.
The city of Los Angeles agreed Wednesday to pay $1.1 million to lawyers who successfully challenged a municipal ordinance prohibiting homeless people from sleeping in their vehicles.
A mentally ill homeless woman potentially facing life in prison for raising an LAPD nightstick during a fatal police shooting on skid row rejected a plea deal Thursday that would have required her to admit to a felony, the district attorney's office and her defense lawyer said.
When controversial legislation cracking down on homeless encampments took effect last month, Los Angeles appeared to have settled on a strategy for dismantling unsightly tent cities that have formed in neighborhoods around the city.
Los Angeles city and county are combining to expand homeless outreach teams on skid row, with a goal of cutting the area's long-entrenched population by 25% this year, officials said Tuesday.