An overview of population, upcoming elections (in 2020), neighborhoods, and programs for residents in Los Angeles, California. Key issues/challenges being tackled by leaders in Los Angeles, California. An overview of the business community in Los Angeles, California.
- Los Angeles' current population is estimated at 3,990,456. 60.9% of the population is between 18 and 65.
- Homelessness has been a major concern to the city of Los Angeles. Real estate and business owners have raised their concerns after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities can no longer ban homeless encampments.
- Downtown's homeless population is currently around 8,000, and is starting to burst out of skid row, threatening real estate developments.
- The issue is becoming worse due to the high cost of housing in Los Angeles and an increase in mental illness, and drug use.
- The business community is dealing with public drug sales, needle use, panhandlers, aggressive behaviors, garbage and human waste.
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement that he’d continue to focus on “providing services to save lives, keeping our neighborhoods clean and healthy, opening shelters to help get people indoors more quickly, and building permanent units to keep them under a roof for good.”
- Members of the Los Angeles City Council have spoken out for the need to tackle the homeless issue in Los Angeles.
- Committees, such as the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative have been set up to try to resolve the issues.
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