April 5, 2019
The rising number of homeless deaths in Orange County, coupled with the intervention of a federal court judge, will spur an extra $100 million in health care spending for homeless people over the next three years
Recent court cases have established that local police departments can’t arrest people for camping outside if there are no shelter beds locally available. The resulting collision has forced county leaders to establish what they have adeptly avoided over the past decade: a system of care for the most vulnerable.
“The reason we were able to move forward so efficiently is because we had the political will, with the full council working together,” Mayor Katrina Foley said Thursday.
A sweeping class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday seeking up to $500 million in damages amid allegations Orange County sheriff’s deputies eavesdropped and recorded as many as 100,000 phone calls between prisoners and their attorneys since 2015.
Across the country, teachers engaged in strikes that drew attention to the state of public education. That led inevitably to educators seeking office in great numbers during the November midterm elections.
In Long Beach, California, Local 11 won big last Election Day, helping pass Measure WW requiring all City of Long Beach hotels with more than 50 rooms to provide “personal emergency contact devices” for hotel workers.
Publication Date: April 5, 2019