LB Mayor Garcia In Sac'to Joins CA's 13 "Big City" Mayors In Asking For ONE BILLION State Taxpayer Dollars For CA Cities For Homeless In FY19-20, It Would Be Additional $500 Million On Top of $500 Million Gov. Newsom Previously Recommended is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Mar. 20, 2019, 2:55 p.m.) -- LB Mayor Robert Garcia was among California's 13 self-described "Big City Mayors" in Sacramento this morning (Mar. 20) to participate in a press event with Governor Gavin Newsom, seeking an additional $500 million dollars for homeless related spending -- on top of $500 million Newsom has already asked the state legislature to provide for homeless-related items in CA's 2019-2020 state budget.

The billion dollar one year spending total will ultimately be decided by the Dem majority state legislature between now and late June.

A dispatch and photo on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's website indicates the Mayors [Garcetti release text] "highlighted the success of the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), an allocation of $500 million -- of which $150 million went directly to cities with a population of 300,000 or more -- that is on track to produce more than 4,000 new shelter beds across the state.

It quotes LB Mayor Garcia (seocnd from left in photo below) as saying, "Long Beach was able to purchase land for our first year-round shelter and another critical facility thanks to the first round of HEAP funding...There is much more work to be done, so we ask Governor Newsom and the Legislature to continue making investments in housing and services so provide solutions for homelessness in California's cities."


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Gov. Newsom said at the Sac'to press event that "We haven't been doing enough to support cities" [unclear to whom "we" refers] and said the state budget "just changed," adding "it's not just about more money, it's about reprioritizing some of those investment."



[ notes that among those also attending the Sac'to press event seeking state taxpayer homeless sums was Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, leading us to wonder what, if anything, the two Mayors may or may not have said to each other about whether the Angels might relocate from Anaheim to Long Beach.]




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