Sometimes a social worker is the right person for the police’s job

Today, June 17th, I took a sick day. That lasted until about 5:00 when I was informed that a homeless person I knew had barricaded themselves in a public bathroom inside a building that was closing. Shortly after I was called the first time somebody dialed 911 and asked for the police. I was calledContinue reading “Sometimes a social worker is the right person for the police’s job”

Hey @Lapd and transportation /parking enforcement…

No fair! Playing “Hide and Seek” with parking signs and then giving out tickets has to be some kind of wrong. Today I visited a homeless shelter and parked on the street. I did not see a sign : and I looked for one before I left my car! It has been 8 years orContinue reading “Hey @Lapd and transportation /parking enforcement…”

Meet the Skid Row Police Leadership, Captain Marc Reina

You may remember that I started this blog when I worked on Skid Row. I have a love and hate relationship with the police. My absolute adoration changed when I began working in Skid Row. It was hard for me to tell the difference between “the Purple Shirts” and other area community forces. I learned to sayContinue reading “Meet the Skid Row Police Leadership, Captain Marc Reina”

Are Homeless People Citizens ? Will the Sheriff’s Department Care About the Answer?

#voteLASheriff @OlmstedInstead @tanakalasheriff @vinceforsheriff @BurbankPD

Is it a CRIME or are you just MEAN?

Attitudes that the homeless citizens  are stray animals who breed and come back to places that feed them  are becoming more prevalent in society. “They are homeless because they are lazy” “god has turne dhis back on them because they are bad”, “The sins of the father are being visited on the son”, “If he hadContinue reading “Is it a CRIME or are you just MEAN?”

Homeless Court in Los Angeles

 “The Homeless Court (HC) program was created by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office and advocates for the homeless including Public Counsel and the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA).   This program helps impoverished individuals with a history of homelessness to clearContinue reading “Homeless Court in Los Angeles”

Burned to death for being homeless

By R. W. Dellinger Some witnesses say John Robert McGraham tried to run away from his torturer after gasoline was poured over his body and ignited as he sat on the sidewalk the warm evening of Oct. 9. But the 55-year-old homeless man, who had been living on the streets of L.A. for decades, didn’tContinue reading “Burned to death for being homeless”

homeless health

When people live practically on top of each other, not separated by walls, not sleeping in beds, unwashed by the masses and malnourished as a rule – guess what? Homeless people are prone to illness. The TB rate is through the roof, and now (cue the scary music) Dahm dumn dummmmmmmmmmmmm a STAPH INFECTION isContinue reading “homeless health”

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