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South LA Homelessness, Elder Abuse Kills

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South LA Homelessness, Elder Abuse Kills

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Homeless residents chat beside their tents on a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018.
Homeless residents chat beside their tents on a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018.
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89.3KPCC
Thursday, June 20, 2019

We tour South L.A.'s Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System with L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Plus, elder abuse is more common than you might think. And, the latest news out of Hollywood.

SOUTH L.A. HOMELESSNESS

There’s a homelessness crisis in Southern California. The problem was put into focus earlier this month when the results of the annual homeless census came out. The population is up 12 percent throughout L.A. County compared to last year. And for many Angelenos, the evidence is on the sidewalks and in the alleys of their own neighborhoods with people sleeping on the street or setting up makeshift tents. So today, we want to look at a piece that many people don’t see up close -- the attempted solutions. That takes us to a place in South LA called the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System.

Guest:

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor

CULVER CITY RENT CONTROL

Following Inglewood’s lead, the adjacent area of Culver City will consider a potential rent freeze at its June 24 city council meeting. The move toward renter protection also anticipates an influx of jobs via Amazon, Apple, and HBO moving to "Screenland." If the moratorium passes, the council members will likely pursue rent control immediately afterward — a significant move for the fifth most expensive place to rent a studio apartment in the country.

Guest:

  • Mark Fischer, Culver City Councilman

FINANCIAL ABUSE KILLS

You might think of famous cases of elder financial abuse, like Casey Kasem or Stan Lee, as unique, family drama, or simple criminal matters. Still, this is a growing crime that happens most often within families and it can have terrible impacts of the psychological well-being and health outcomes of the victimized older adult.

Guest:

  • Michelle Faust Raghavan, KPCC health reporter

ON THE LOT

We get the latest business news coming out of Hollywood.

Guest:

  • Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter

[This story was originally published by 89.3KPCC.]