LA Sheriff Calls for State of Emergency Over Homeless Crisis

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Thursday called for a state of emergency due to the ongoing homeless crisis in the city, particularly around Venice Beach, Fox Los Angeles reports.

In a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Villanueva called for a local state of emergency to deal with the crisis. He previously held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

“It’s a national disgrace. We are the wealthiest nation in the planet and we have such an enormous problem with homelessness and it’s a local tragedy,” Villanueva said.

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