A Los Angeles City Councilman spoke to Dr. Phil about the rising threat that the homeless are posing to the schoolchildren of the city.
Homelessness has taken over the city of Los Angeles, causing many business and wealthy residents to flee to other states.
Dr. Phil opened this segment by giving a short rundown of the issue at hand.
At a recent Los Angeles city council meeting, members voted to prohibit homeless people from setting up tents within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers. Now, protestors at one point shut down the meeting, angered by new restrictions that will expand the number of locations where sleeping and camping are prohibited. The ban has sparked a heated debate over how the city should respond to encampments that have cropped up in many parts of the city and this was a very passionate situation.
With that summary out of the way, Dr. Phil handed it over to Councilman Joe Buscaino for an explanation of the struggles that are present for kids on their way to school or the playground.
No child in America should be afraid to walk to school. And what we have found, in Los Angeles, kids are afraid to walk to school because they tell their parents they have to step over needles, human waste, and deal with individuals, unfortunately, suffering from psychotic behavior right next to their playground area. So, I’m saying again, it’s not a crime to be homeless, but these are sensitive spaces. We have to protect the most sensitive spaces among us. Playgrounds, beaches, libraries, parks. And have some accountability for those who are in these spaces.
The 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released data on this issue in LA. According to them, at least 69,144 people find themselves without a home every night in the county of Los Angeles. The report, shared by Spectrum News 1, states that 40% of these unhoused people suffer from severe mental illness or substance abuse.
The number of homeless people in Los Angeles has grown steadily over the last decade, a trend that was worsened by the Covid pandemic and the lean economic year that America is experiencing now.
According to Smart Assets survey on the migration of young professionals, California is suffering greatly from these issues. They explained that young professionals are leaving the state at a greatly increased rate from just a few years ago.
Rich young professionals are leaving California after several years of even migration patterns. In the two previous versions of our study, the migration of rich young professionals in and out of California was relatively level. In 2018, California saw a net outflow of about 400 rich young professionals, and in 2019, the Golden State saw a net inflow of around 20 rich young professionals. In stark comparison, California had a net outflow of 7,960 rich young professionals in 2020, the second-highest net outflow across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
It seems that the time may finally have arrived where Californians wake up and solve their biggest issue.
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