More than 2,500 homeless individuals sleep on the streets of the 53-square-block Skid Row area in downtown Los Angeles.
“Skid row is the worst manmade disaster in the United States. There’s human waste on the sidewalks. There’s all kinds of disease,” says Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission, the nation’s largest private homeless shelter. He lost his leg to staph infection he contracted while serving the homeless on Skid Row.
But California’s homelessness crisis extends far beyond Skid Row and Los Angeles. The state’s homeless population has jumped more than 12 percent in the last five years, and it’s part of a national crisis.
The city’s particular predicament is notable for its sheer scale. Bales says that Los Angeles, which has the largest unsheltered homeless population in America, has failed to deal with what’s become a public health and humanitarian crisis. More than 1,000 homeless people died on the streets of Los Angeles County last year, according to government figures.
Los Angeles has the poo of 60,000 homeless going into the ocean every day! Dr. Drew: Bubonic Plague Imminent!
Los Angeles is one of the only cities in the country, Dr. Drew said, that has no rodent control plan. “And if you look at the pictures of Los Angeles, you will see that the homeless encampments are surrounded by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there.”
Moreover, he said, homeless people were defecating directly into city drains, which flowed to the Pacific Ocean. “We have the sewage of 60,000 people hitting the ocean every day,” he said.
Los Angeles Fines Riders For ‘Manspreading’
Los Angeles Metro is the latest public transit system to issue fines for the crime of “manspreading,” among other offenses.
Riders who spread their legs a little too much or vape on the subway will be fined a cool $75.