Deserving Poor vs Non Deserving Poor

by Don Garza I saw two videos in the past month in which the people speaking made a distinction between homeless people : we call them the deserving poor and the non deserving poor. Many people suffer with illnesses that can not be seen . Not only mental illness , but physical illness and they […]

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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 say […]

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LAPD & ICE in LA

Immigration raids I’ve been happening and everyone’s concerned. This is information from one of my neighbors. “​Just want to share some information that I learned at a staff meeting today. LAPD and Congressman Cardenas office spoke at this meeting regarding immigration relations. Here are the highlights… LAPD does not get involved in asking for immigration […]

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The US Debt is $19.3 Trillion Dollars:Blame the Poor People

This always gets me. A sweet girl (Amy Cudworth)  I knew in Jr. High posted a rant about how families could and are abusing the welfare system and she personally is paying for them. Dear Amy, your simple knee jerk reaction was to look at the most visible consumers of American Tax Dollars and assume they […]

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Breaking Barriers – from jail to housing

I often hear that we should let our homeless live in jails and our criminals have to scrounge in the street. How about if no person had to live in the street? Could we try that? As we’ve discussed,crime impacts at least 3 causes of homelessness. Now here is a program designed to keep the […]

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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 […]

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That Time I Lead a Freeway Chase With a Crazy Man in My Car

This morning I was talking to one of the parents at my little kid’s school. He asked why I assumed the helicopter sound from when my Scion blew a tire was an actual helicopter – did I have a guilty conscience? Um, yes. Yes I do. As a case manager at LMP Community I used […]

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Yes. There are many homeless children in Los Angeles.

I can tell that homelessness in children has increased dramatically. I know this because I work with homeless parents and my case load has grown and grown like a weed. No. There are not enough shelters for families. Yes, children are sleeping in boxes, on sidewalks, in parking lots, in parks, on kitchen floors, on […]

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Los Angeles County DPSS is a mess

I am sure the system means well, but @countyofLA  @dpss_calfresh is freaking me out. I can’t figure out how to close the SNAP case or update my information. I am locked out of the online system and calling this number ALWAYS results in a termination message of “We can not find your information. Good bye”. […]

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