David Zahniser covers Los Angeles City Hall for the Los Angeles Times. He joined the newsroom in 2007 and previously wrote on local government for the Claremont Courier, Pasadena Star-News, the Daily Breeze, the L.A. Weekly and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a graduate of Pomona College and lives in Los Angeles.
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Police said the suspect, 40-year-old Terrance Hawkins, has a history of ‘briefly dating women, abusing them and filming them during sexual intercourse.’
Bass hits back at homeless advocates criticizing Inside Safe, plus more on the week that was at L.A. City Hall.
Councilmembers Hugo Soto-Martinez and Eunisses Hernandez followed similar paths into City Hall. But this week, the budget put them on opposing sides.
The mayor’s $13.1-billion budget, her first since taking office, includes money to hire about 1,000 officers and record spending for her fight against homelessness.
‘Challenging’ Westside homeless camp drew complaints. Now its residents are getting housing
At least 25 people were relocated from a homeless encampment on San Vicente Boulevard as part of L.A. Mayor Karen Bass’ Inside Safe program.
Council members have been seeking more supervision of the Inside Safe program, which has moved about 1,200 unhoused people indoors since December.
The Mayfair Hotel, which housed homeless Angelenos for much of the pandemic, is now listed for $70 million. Mayor Karen Bass wants the city to buy it.
Mayor Karen Bass called Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s budget strategy a “throwback to the past,” when City Hall acted with a lack of urgency on homelessness.
The arrest came after protesters interrupted Councilmember Kevin de León’s Cinco de Mayo presentation.