California lawmakers introduced a $2 billion plan to find homes for its estimated 114,000 homeless residents. In Los Angeles, where the mayor declared a homeless emergency, the problem is particularly acute.
The attack on an elderly Sikh man in Fresno Saturday, which police have called a hate crime, is the latest example of xenophobia toward the misunderstood religion, activists say, adding that the atmosphere is as tense as at any time after 9/11.
San Bernardino, site of Wednesday’s mass shooting, is also in the throes of a 3-year-old bankruptcy filing. But the people there came together Thursday night to show hope in the face of despair, resilience in the presence of hard knocks.
California, which just passed landmark climate change legislation, is known for its sweeping legislation on big issues. But recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature have been outdoing themselves.