The new Los Angeles mayor has declared a state of emergency due to the homeless crisis

Los Angeles’ new mayor Karen Bass announced shortly after taking office that she wanted to immediately tackle the thorny problem of homelessness plaguing America’s second-largest city.

Elected Democrats declared a state of emergency on Monday, December 12. Homeless On the streets of the California city, tens of thousands of people are sleeping in tents or sleeping bags, and it has inspired the surprise of tourists who come to visit one of the richest urban areas on the planet.

“I will not tolerate a homelessness crisis that affects more than 40,000 people and affects us all”Karen Bass, a former California attorney general and longtime friend, explained that she was elected the city’s first female mayor in November and was sworn in Sunday in front of U.S. Vice President Kamal Harris.

“Radical Change”

“My mission is to lead Los Angeles in a new direction with a swift and strategic approach to solving one of the toughest challenges facing our city.”She explained “Using the state of emergency allows us to speed things up”.

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Adil assured “Radical Change” In the process, it also said it would sign a series of executive orders in the coming days, for example by providing temporary housing through the rental of city apartments and hotel rooms. He announced plans to house more than 17,000 homeless people in his first year in office.

Los Angeles' new mayor Karen Bass during her inaugural address, Dec. 11, 2022.

Mental health or addiction issues

Karen Bass, 69, a former elected member of the House of Representatives and a former medical assistant, is very involved in the community life of her hometown of Los Angeles. After a campaign dominated by the ubiquitous issue of homelessness in the local public debate, he was elected mayor against wealthy property developer Rick Caruso.

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Further complicating the situation are some of the most expensive rents in the country, a high cost of living and taxes higher than the national average. The subject is particularly sensitive because homeless people are also severely affected by mental health or addiction problems.

As Los Angeles prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2028, many observers believe the municipality will be more motivated to remove the many tents, sometimes set up just meters from luxury shops.

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