GoFundMe for ‘Drinking & Douchbaggery’

People standing in the edge of streets and freeway off ramps asking for dollars are possibly in desperately need of the aid. (I always look at their shoes) and maybe they have holes in their shoes

But how often do you secretly think they are asking to do THIS with your money?!?

This is the fundraising campaign for Drinking & Douchbaggery: http://de.gofund.me/uvpre4

Ps… those are my shoes and feel free to donate. Even though I made the campaign to make a point, I never say know to money.

#crowdfunding #donation#shoes #begging

Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©

Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness: FAQs.

New York Homelessness http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/?gclid=COeCmK_D08UCFUuTfgod4DEATA

The neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles http://silverlakenc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/homeless_flyer_bilingual.pdf has a community council that is on the ball

The Good Rev Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission.

I love Andy Bales and there is nothing you can do about it. He is a wee bit intimidating because he is all business and knows his stuff and all the players in the game. I feel very much like the Soccer Mom Social Worker that I am when he is around. However, if you want to know what keeps people down and who the local leaders are that are lifting them up – he is your man. http://urm.org/tag/andy-bales/

Mollie Lowrey – You could save 3 lives a day for the next 20 years and still not do as much good for the world as this lady has.

Full discosure, I stalked the skid row agency  ( LAMP) she founded for 6 months before they hired me – I believe in her that much. Her most recent venture is staffed by people who have taught me lasting lessons about homelessness. check them out here http://www.housingworksca.org/ourwork.html


John Best                Celina Alvarez        Gerald Minsk

(John taught me how to speak to people in crisis and understand what homelessness really is)

(Celina has always had it together and taught me to smile at everyone, all the time – also I say “folks” because she does)

(Gerald knows all the ins and outs of Social Security and Disability and other benefits)

(Alicea Polk – one of the nicest and smartest women I ever worked with.)

If you ever have the chance to connect with any of these 3 people, do it! I am very jealous that they all work together without me.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty  – Read everything they publish http://www.nlchp.org/reports

Natalie Profant Komuro Natalie : life changer by day and super model by night? (I am speculating here, we all know it could happen)

Proving you can look like a supermodel and show compassion like a saint  – Glendale California has Natalie. Follow her Twitter @Aanacapa and her lead at the Ascencia agency http://www.ascenciaca.org/

Joel John Roberts at ePath http://www.epath.org/staff/joel-john-roberts

Joel John Roberts, the Pied Piper of my Social Worker friends

Several of my friends and coworkers have gone to work for PATH and have never regretted it.

via Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©.

National Alliance to End Homelessness: 2015 Homeless Counts Map

Where are the homeless people living? Here is an interactive map to show you the Homeless Count numbers. That state on the far left… yep, that’s where I live and work: right under the big red teardrop.

National Alliance to End Homelessness: 2015 Homeless Counts Map.

The truth about Minimum Wage

“Common Sense” – aka knowledge held by the common man fails in this argument. The LA City Council studied 3 peer reviewed studies before increasing minimum wage. I don’t know what they read – but here is some of what I found.


Neoclassical economic theories present a clear prediction: as the price of labor increases, employers will demand less labor. However, many recent studies testing this prediction have found very small to no effects of the minimum wage on the level of employmentfrom Texas A&M (where my dad went) http://econweb.tamu.edu/jmeer/Meer_West_Minimum_Wage.pdf 


Does increasing the minimum wage lead to job losses? What does economics literature say?

Based on the economic multiplier effect that results from putting additional income in the hands of lower-income workers, raising the minimum wage will likely have a modest but positive impact on job creation, leading to an additional 85,000 net new jobs when fully phased in. http://www.epi.org/blog/raising-federal-minimum-wage-will-not-lead-to-job-loss/


If I see one more armchair Economist tell me differently I am going to ask them what they think happens when you blow in between 2 balloons. They will say they separate and I will say they touch. Sometimes what seems like the logical answer must be put to the test to find the truth. 

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Rape and the Carry That Weight girl


Sometimes people keep in contact with their date rapist because it takes a while to know they were raped…and if they can establish a relationship then everything can be normal and maybe the rape will go away. .. because you are in your 20’s and everything is going fine until it happens to you : and then you are really all ” What the F× is this rape doing here “… but it doesn’t go away.

And you carry it.

And your rapist knows he is a rapist,but he didn’t mean it to be mean … his rape of you was just a casual thing for him
So why are you s OK bent out of shape.
And his mirror shows his face and he doesn’t look evil. He doesn’t have horns.

Why does anyone look at him as a rapist when he just sees himself.

Daily Google Alert for Homeless Los Angeles


Homeless woman suspected of setting South Los Angeles firesLA Daily News
LOS ANGELES — A 36-year-old homeless woman remained in custody today on suspicion of setting at least one in a series of small fires in South Los

Homeless Woman Suspected of Arson ArrestedNBC Southern California
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Los Angeles Times

Venice homeless man sues LAPD, alleges excessive force during arrestLos Angeles Times
A mentally ill homeless man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against 14 LosAngeles police officers involved in his arrest in Venice last summer, …

Lawsuit Filed in "Rough" Arrest of Mentally Ill Homeless ManNBC Southern California
Lawsuit filed against LAPD for alleged beating of homeless manAl Jazeera America
Family of Venice Homeless Man Tased by LAPD Sues, Alleging Pattern of Excessive ForcePatch.com
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Albany Times Union

Funeral services for homeless NY man killed in CaliforniaLong Beach Press Telegram
Police in Los Angeles say Glenn was fatally shot after he struggled with an officer responding to a report of an unruly man outside a bar in Venice …

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Malibu Has Rising Homeless PopulationLA Canyon News
MALIBU—According to newly released numbers from the Los Angeles HomelessServices Authority’s biannual homeless count, homelessness is up …

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Wausau Daily Herald

East grad who helps homeless LA women honored by WSDWausau Daily Herald
… Wausau East High School graduate who leads a nonprofit that provides housing and services to 4,000-plus homeless woman in Los Angeles every …

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LAPD officer in fatal Venice shooting was subject of criminal probeLos Angeles Times
A Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot an unarmed homeless man in Venice two weeks ago is a seven-year department veteran who was the …

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The Northwest Florida Daily News

Homeless film, initiative met with supportThe Northwest Florida Daily News
The film documented Soto living on Los Angeles‘ Skid Row for 30 days. The first … Yelverton noted that in the January 2015 count, 683 homeless were …

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2 children at homeless shelter test positive for leadMyFox Washington DC
[VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] A Los Angeles woman says she is tired of … WASHINGTON (AP) – Two children living in D.C.’s largest homeless shelter …

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Los Angeles Times

Court ruling allows police to be held liable in withholding evidenceLos Angeles Times
They had arrested Michael Walker, a 49-year-old homeless man, as a … The LosAngeles Police Department detectives, Steven Moody and Robert …

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House the homeless first, then treat themLos Angeles Times
To the editor: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich … mental illness and substance abuse are the primary causes of homelessness.

E-Media | Los Angeles Public Library

Bookworms rock! I used to make them as a volunteer for the Arcadia Library in my teen summers.

go away, I'm reading

The Los Angeles City Library blows my mind as the local leader in embracing high tech solutions and applications. I thought I was cool because of Freegal Music and my Overdrive use. Wow. I underestimated.

The Los Angeles Public Library knows that e-Media collections, devices and formats can be confusing. In order to help you get started, this page shows our vendors (below), shows what types of materials are available by vendor (to the right), and also offers some Help Links and Device Guides (below and to the right). All e-Books, e-Audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable e-Videos are listed in our catalog, e-Music, e-Magazines and streaming e-Video (hoopla) are not.


e-Books from Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 are available to download and transfer to PCs, iOS devices and Android devices. These books use the bLio reader, which is available for download at the site. Support for Adobe Digital Edition compatible devices (Nook, Sony Reader) is also available via the ePub format. Access is provided by your library card and a bLio account, which you can create after you log in with your card.

Axis360 Help Pages

BiblioBoard features books, articles, images, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and documents as well as streaming audio and video content on a wide variety of topics including Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Nature, Native American Studies, Sports, Drama, Games, Crafts, Cooking, Music and Children’s Literature.

All content is available on an unlimited multi-user basis with no checkouts or returns. You can access BiblioBoard content from the web or various mobile devices using your library card number. Download the free app using these links: Web, iPad, Nexus, Kindle Fire HD  Just choose “Los Angeles Public Library” from the Library Credentials drop down, then enter your library card # and pin.

ComicsPlus offers unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels, comic books and manga from virtually any device, tablet or PC.  Age range runs from kid-friendly early reader comics to action, crime and fantasy graphic novels for teens.

You will need to set up a new account (username and password) with EBSCOhost. EBSCOhost has provided instructions on how to create a personal account, but to follow them you must first use this link to go through an authentication process.

For assistance with EBSCO e-Media, please use this form.


Freegal allows users to download up to 5 music track downloads a week from the Sony Music catalog. All selections are DRM-free in mp3 format. Patrons use their library card to download items (Freegal Music downloads are not available with the e-card).

hoopla is a digital media platform that gives access to digital entertainment content from either mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and/or via any browser.  hoopla offers e-books, e-comics, full length feature movies, episodic television programming, full musical albums and unabridged audiobooks.

hoopla Help Pages


e-Audiobooks from Recorded Books  available to download and transfer to selected devices. Patrons must do a one-time account setup using their library cards (OneClickDigital accounts are not available with the e-card).

OneClickdigital Help Pages

Direct e-mail support is available at support@oneclickdigital.com

OverDrive offers downloadable e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Videos and e-Music. Additional software is required for all files. Most e-Media can be transferred to a portable device (Kindle now supported!). Patrons use their library card to check-out items.

OverDrive Help Pages

For assistance with OverDrive e-Media, please use this form.

Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from a collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Other e-Media

ALOUD Podcasts

These podcasts are recorded live in Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium as part of the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library speaker series presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

L.A. in Focus Videos

These videos are recordings of “L.A. in Focus”, a series of lectures presented by Photo Friends and the Photo Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, spotlighting images from the Library’s collection and unique stories of L.A. history.

via E-Media | Los Angeles Public Library.

MEND’s Poverty Conference

Do increasing levels of income inequality have an impact on health? What are the barriers to health care for those who are low income? What systems and what policies need to change to help reduce these barriers? These and other questions will be answered in the MENDing Poverty Conference workshop entitled: "A Heavy Burden – Income Inequality and Health."

"Income Inequality: Challenges and Opportunities for the Nonprofit Sector"

is the theme of the 8th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference to be held Tuesday, June 9 at the MEND Center.

Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Chief Economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) is the opening plenary speaker. The luncheon plenary will be led by Adam Gamoran, PhD, president of the W.T. Grant Foundation in New York. Special guests include Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Wendy Garen, CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

The MENDing Poverty Conference’s other concurrent workshops focus on "LA: RISE, " a new employment venture; as well as Job Training Policy Among the Working Poor, each with an outstanding panel of speakers.

Registration fee, including breakfast and lunch, is $89 through June 7 and $109 thereafter.

The event is co-hosted by MEND and Valley Nonprofit Resources, and will be held from 9 AM – 2 PM at the MEND Center, 10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331.

REGISTER TODAY to Meet Each Need with Dignity

Living Wage Calculation for Los Angeles County, California

Living Wage Calculation for Los Angeles County, California

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $12.34 $25.76 $29.46 $36.56 $19.60 $24.06 $26.24 $30.92 $9.19 $14.01 $15.88 $19.00
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00

read more via Living Wage Calculator – Living Wage Calculation for Los Angeles County, California.