California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan Wednesday to form a Homeless Task Force to tackle the housing crisis crippling the region; bizarrely calling the issue a “national” disgrace.
“Gov. Gavin Newsom called growing homelessness in California a national disgrace as he announced that he is launching a task force to find solutions,” posted the Ventura County Star.
— Ventura County Star (@vcstar) May 21, 2019
“Newsom has proposed spending about $1 billion in the state budget on programs to tackle homelessness, including providing $650 million to local governments for emergency shelters and other services. He also wants to spend money on programs for homeless college students and legal protections for people facing evictions,” reports the VC Star.
Newsom’s comments come as San Francisco officials report a 45% increase of homeless residents living in cars and RVS across the city streets.
“Despite creating hundreds of new shelter beds and spending more than $300 million annually on homelessness, San Francisco has seen the number of homeless people in the city rise by 17% since 2017 — with a whopping amount of that increase coming from people living in vehicles,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The number of people living in cars, RVs and other vehicles has risen by 45% since the last one-night count was taken two years ago. That much has been anecdotally evident for months, particularly in industrial Bayview neighborhoods, where vehicle colonies have sprouted in ever-increasing numbers over the past year,” adds the newspaper.
Homelessness soars in three San Francisco Bay Area counties where affordable housing is hard to find and divisions about how to solve the crisis abound. https://t.co/bNc3rZkjQW
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) May 17, 2019
Los Angeles continued its own ongoing struggle with rampant homelessness and crumbling infrastructure this week, with residents complaining of “rotting trash piles” that are attacking rats and posing a major risk to the health of residents and tourists.
“Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year’s record number of flea-borne typhus cases,” reports NBC Los Angeles.
“Even the city’s most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA’s busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms,” adds the article.
“I can’t walk down the street without thinking that a flea could jump on me,” complained a local business owner.
“It’s something that we’ll look into,” said Pepe Garica, of Los Angeles’ bureau of sanitation.
Read the full report at the San Francisco Chronicle.
NEWSOM’S NIGHTMARE: White House to ‘TAKE BACK’ $2.5 BILLION from California After Failed Rail Project
The Trump administration announced this week their plans to cancel a $1 billion grant to California and “take back” $2.5 billion after Governor Gavin Newsom officially abandoned a state-wide high-speed rail project.
“The Trump administration’s decision to cancel a $929-million grant to California’s troubled high-speed rail project and claw back $2.5 billion in funds already spent has thrust the federal government into uncharted legal territory and poses an existential threat to the state’s largest investment ever,” writes the Los Angeles Times.
“I have never seen anything this large,” said one San Francisco consultant. “I have never seen anything where they said we are going to cancel a grant because of issues in the administrative or bureaucratic process.”
The project -which used $3.5 billion of federal money- was abandoned by Newsom just day ago; sparking fierce criticism from the Trump administration and taxpayers nationwide.
Read the full report here.
NEWSOM’S NIGHTMARE: President Trump Claws Back $1 BILLION from California After Epic Rail Project Failure
The Trump administration canceled nearly $1 billion in funding for California’s botched high-speed rail project this week; clawing back the cash months after Governor Gavin Newsom abruptly scrapped the expensive plan.
“The Trump administration cancelled nearly $1 billion Thursday in federal money for California’s high-speed rail project, further throwing into question the future of the ambitious plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco,” reports NBC Bay Area.
BREAKING: The Federal Railroad Administration has notified California its ENDING its high speed rail agreement, clawing back crucial $ for project pic.twitter.com/WPhn6hIZ0g
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) May 16, 2019
“The Trump Administration’s action is illegal and a direct assault on California,” he said in a written statement. “This is California’s money, appropriated by Congress, and we will vigorously defend it in court.”
“While the $929 million is a critical piece of the project’s funding plan, state rail officials were not expecting to access the money until 2021, according to a recently released project update. If a court battle over the money drags on, that could put the state in position to win the money back or get more from the federal government if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress in 2020,” adds NBC.
The White House slammed Governor Newsom after the far-left leader abandoned the project; pledging to recover the $2.5 billion already spent on the rail network.
The move comes days after Newsom abruptly pardoned multiple immigrant felons to shield them from deportation by federal agents.
“I’m constantly trying to understand the moment we’re living in, the xenophobia, the nativism that marks the populism of this moment,” Newsom said. “Any of us who are students of history know that it’s not without precedent. It’s not novel. It’s hardly new. It’s very familiar.”
One of the refugees -originally from Cambodia- was arrested by federal immigration agents in March.
The man was convicted for solicitation to commit murder in 2001.