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Voters could decide if California cities will be punished for not reducing homelessness

Anita Chabria and Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times on

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"We spend a lot of money making sure people are protected in terms of their rights -- multilingual ballots, technology, the whole nine yards," he said. "It is that kind of apparatus that needs to be put in place to protect people from being homeless."

Steinberg compared the proposed mandate to other sweeping public policy initiatives, such as the state law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or the federal requirement to provide free and appropriate education to children with special needs.

"This kind of public policy coupled with the resources gives the resources a much better chance to actually bend the curve," he said.

Many of the other recommendations in the task force's report include items that Newsom laid out in his budget last week, including a greater emphasis on preventing homelessness by assisting those on the brink of it, and a focus on mental health and substance abuse services.

Both the governor and the task force also said that Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, which placed a tax on millionaires, should be reexamined to streamline how those dollars could be spent.


(Chabria reported from Sacramento and Oreskes from Los Angeles.)

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