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Homeless Audit, Traffic Tickets, Music Center Plaza Reopens




Trash lies beside the Skid Row City Limit mural as the city begins its annual homeless count in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2018.
Thousnads of volunteers will fan out across Los Angeles County during the three-night count of homeless people whose population is estimated to be nearly 60,000 strong.
 / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Trash lies beside the Skid Row City Limit mural as the city begins its annual homeless count in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2018. Thousnads of volunteers will fan out across Los Angeles County during the three-night count of homeless people whose population is estimated to be nearly 60,000 strong. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The L.A. City Controller released a new audit of L.A.'s homeless agency and finds that its street outreach team is falling short. Plus, LADOT has issued fewer parking tickets so far this year. And, the Music Center Plaza in downtown L.A. has reopened after a 20-month renovation.

City Controller Homeless Audit

Despite L.A.'s efforts to address homelessness, the city agency in charge of organizing boots on the ground is failing. That's according to a report by Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin that assesses LAHSA, or the L.A. Homeless Services Authority. Specifically, the problem is with the $10.3 million LAHSA has spent in the last two years on street outreach. That's where teams of people -- like a former homeless person, a health professional, a police officer and more -- will engage with homeless people to connect them with help.

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Fire Zones Ordinance

The L.A. City Council's public safety committee is considering a wildfire prevention ordinance later this afternoon. The goal is to reduce the risk of fire by improving the city's ability to relocate homeless individuals from high-fire-severity zones.

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San Mateo Juvenile Detention

There's a unique program in San Mateo, Calif., to provide kids in juvenile detention access to college classes, and then support – once they’re released – in continuing with their college education. 

On the Lot

The divide between Netflix and theaters grows so wide, not even Martin Scorsese could bridge it. Plus, more and more film directors are pushing a new "filmmaker mode" for T.V. sets.

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Parking Citations

If you drive in L.A., you already know traffic is a nightmare. And that nightmare only continues when you park and get a ticket. But there's good news. The city of Los Angeles has been issuing fewer parking tickets this year. That's according to an analysis of LA Department of Transportation and City Controller data.

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Top 5 parking violation citation reasons
City of Los Angeles, Jan. 1, 2019 -  July 31, 2019
LAPD crime dataset
Top 5 parking violation citation reasons City of Los Angeles, Jan. 1, 2019 - July 31, 2019 LAPD crime dataset
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Music Center Plaza Reopens

The newly remodeled plaza at the Music Center is finally ready to enjoy.

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