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'An end to all the excuses,' says L.A.'s chief bureaucrat in push for $1.8-billion homelessness plan

'An end to all the excuses,' says L.A.'s chief bureaucrat in push for $1.8-billion homelessness plan

While guiding Los Angeles on its painful budget recovery, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana often had to be the naysayer.

He told the city no to hiring, he told the unions no to raises and he told the voters no to fixing sidewalks and streets without new taxes.

But when it comes to the city’s homeless crisis, Santana has a vision he believes the city can’t say no to.

Stepping out of the CAO’s traditional posture of neutral bureaucrat, Santana has become a prominent voice for new taxes to support his $1.8-billion homelessness plan.

“I think it’s time when we say an end to all...

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