News of the Day

A recap of some of the stories making headlines in the 11th District and around the City of Los Angeles.

Rick Orlov reports in the Daily News on the City Council vote last Friday to spend $350,000 on an outside consultant to study the need for an emergency water rate hike (story). The move comes nine months after voters created a LADWP fiscal watchdog position that has yet to be filled. Councilman Bill Rosendahl voiced his frustration but understands the need to follow procedure. “We all want a water advocate in place, but we have steps we need to follow to fill the job,” said Rosendahl.

The Winter Shelter Program is up and running on the Westside, reports the Culver City Patch (here). Councilman Rosendahl says there are 160 beds at the West LA Armory and 81 beds at First to Serve in Inglewood. Rosendahl says homelessness on Venice Beach and other parts of the Westside demand a year-round shelter and he would like to see a year round program. “Venice beach has become a spillover from skid row,” Rosendahl said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “The homeless issue is out of control on the Westside.”

Speaking of the Winter Shelter Program, Councilman Rosendahl is asking his constituents to help the homeless this holiday season. See his letter here.

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