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Homelessness Fuels a Backlash in California
"Homelessness has been an intractable problem in the largest California cities for decades, but it has surged in some areas in recent years," write Thomas Fuller, Tim Arango, and Louis Keene. That surge has many residents "weighing concerns for the less fortunate against disruptions to their own quality of life."
In Los Angeles, some of that frustration stems from a perceived lack of progress after a countywide sales tax increase (Measure H) and a city bond measure (Proposition HHH) passed on the promise to make a dent. "Some Los Angeles officials have recently called for the governor to declare a state of emergency to free up funding for addressing homelessness, similar to what has been done to address natural disasters."