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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is a general assignment reporter in the California section. Previously, he wrote the Essential California newsletter. Before coming to The Times in February 2017, Oreskes covered foreign policy at Politico in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Northwestern University, and looks forward to seeing the Wildcats play in the Rose Bowl sometime soon.
L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless?

Requests for sweeps of homeless encampments have jumped almost 170% since 2016. That has led to a cycle of cleanups that many now say works for no one in L.A.

Rise in homeless numbers prompts outrage and alarm across L.A. County

Homelessness is up 12% in L.A. County and officials as well as residents are fed up. For all the talk of progress, they say it isn’t being felt on the streets.

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