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As far as I’m heard nobody from terminal even contacted those staffers who were let go to ask them to get in position to hand off their duties are the stories that they were that were in place. So it’s really anyone’s guess what’s gonna happen next .
And we don’t know who run seminal media there has been some talk that it’s a lawyer who represents marijuana growers.
Yes so media came into existence , officially as far as the state of California is concerned. Last month , and the only person on those documents is David Welch who is attorney , who’s known for representing members of the cannabis industry and he’s listed as a manager and is listed as the CEO , but he’s declined to speak to me so far and we know that there are other investors . But we don’t know who they are .
So there’s this guy named Brian Kao who said he was gonna come on the show today but has not returned calls after saying he’d come on and he is apparently going to manage the paper for a seminal and he used to be the opinion editor for The Orange County Register and 10 other Southern California news crew papers has he said anything to you about. The paper’s future .
Yeah. I spoke to him earlier this month significantly before Thanksgiving , and he he talked really enthusiastically about the weekly about its history his personal affinity for it that’s potential , he said he wants to grow it into a cultural hub of the community , he talked about arts coverage talked about the importance of investigative journalism , he talked about a guide what cool to do in the city and .
And he said he’s excited to make the brand sustainable but he was a little shy on details about that. And he said the investors who he did not name except for Welch have all been 100% supportive of that idea and that they are . He called them a really cool group of folks who have a deep-rooted love for Elway and a deep-seated commitment to the city but they have not revealed themselves .
What do you think could possibly happen now after they fired all the staffers would they just hire a whole new group of staffers or would they turn this into something else entirely.
Well , if you talk to Brian Kaya he he seems to be you’ve been positioning himself as so he wants to continue on in the spirit of that currently weekly , he of the editorial bent won’t change that said we , we don’t know because we don’t know who’s running it and.
It a range of things could happen. They could hire new people they the company that that sold weekly Voice Media contends that because of the way they sold it editorial staffers are they used to be unionized and they said that Semin is no not obligated to have a union anymore . Based on the way of the sale . So it could be as simple as cutting enough staff so they don’t have to have a unionized staff and hiring other people and continuing on or it could be as complicated as they have an agenda that they want to push through the weekly .
April , did you get a severance.
I did get a severance , but I do have to say that they they lost just enough people to break the union so just just to throw that out.
They’re in Dallas. Now , I mean , at least in their the fact now . Well it isn’t , what’s next for you .
And for me , I will be continuing to race for Voice Media Group and some other papers. And so I will be continuing around as are all of the other staffers who are deeply connected to all parts of the city and I don’t think we’ll have any trouble finding things here .
Good. And we’ll have you on from time to time to keep doing movie reviews for us so great , but it’s great , good news for listeners are you well . I wanna thank you both very much for joining us today . April Paul former film critic at LA weekly and Lauren Rab assistant editor at the Daily Times . Thanks so much .
Thank you thank if the.
Homelessness in LA is at crisis level. You probably know that already 58,000 people are on the streets in Greater LA . You can see them everywhere . They’re camped out on sidewalks under freeway overpasses on vacant lots all over the city . So why aren’t our leaders responding with the urgency of a disaster like an earthquake or a big storm some homeless service providers have been asking that question for years now and it looks like the city might be moving in that direction . Now that’s what LA mayor Eric I say told press play producer Anna Scott yesterday and she’s here now the details . Hi , hi . Are you wouldn’t go say about new plans to deal with us .
Well , he said. The city plans to put up some kind of triage housing and a couple of sites near downtown . So this would be temporary emergency housing and services . There are a lot of details yet , it sounded like , it’s still really early in the process and they’ve just identified a couple of sites , but here is the mayor .
So we’ve identified 2 different parking lots when there would be kind of a women’s village and kind of public housing another one that would be more of a massive shelter area.
This surprise me coming from a mayor because mostly what we’ve heard about from city hall so far when it comes the homelessness crisis is long term solutions like building more permanent supportive housing. So to me the sounds like a pretty extreme measure if they actually do this , so this would be tense in these parking lots , could be some type of structure , some type of temporary pop up shelters but said he says with these 2 sites near downtown . It would be a kind of pilot program and then maybe they could apply this around the city and they are also apparently working with churches to get them to agree to have safe camping zones in their parking lots . So a real emergency kind of response that he’s talking about that some service providers have been calling for for a long time and I I was sort of surprised .
Okay. Will speak of long-term solutions voters passed h h h recently and about a year ago and that is money for permanent supportive housing . So where are we on that .
I asked Garcetti that as well. And he said the first fully h HH-funded housing project is actually breaking ground next month in historic Filipino town . There’s a little uncertainty around it . Now , though , because of the spouse tax plan . It’s complicated . But it would eliminate these tax exempt private activity Bonds , which is really wonky but it’s a bond that’s used to finance affordable housing and h HH did depend on that to some degree . So we’ll see how the money is affected if that plan passes it HH is supposed to generate about a billion dollars over 10 years and some experts have said it that could be significantly slashed .
Okay. Where were you with the mayor yesterday .
He said all this while doing homeless outreach with a group called LA family housing in the Valley. He was going around with outreach workers and talking to some homeless people and it was interesting because the neighborhoods that we were in were Winnetka in Canoga Park and you can really see how this crisis is spreading and affecting communities all over the city . Even these really suburban neighborhoods that we don’t usually associate with a large homeless population , it’s not like downtown or Skid Row and the experience of homelessness in all these different places is different , that’s why I talked to Stephanie class gamer about she’s the CEO of LA family housing . Here she is on suburban homelessness .
That experience is really different than when you’re on Los Angeles and maintenance and Julian and 4th and 5th down on skid row. I think when you were tucked into neighborhoods . There’s a different , different kind of survival that people have to experience you have to hide , maybe more , you have to be outta sight .
And she said that in the valley. In particular , they’ve seen a big jump in families falling into chronic homelessness and also people with mental illness . Staying on the streets a lot longer than they used to .
Yeah , and I can imagine 2-1 disadvantage of being out there is , you don’t have as many services.
Yeah , they’re a lot more RVs out there and people in cars and vehicles experiencing homelessness yesterday we were going along some side streets near the LA River and saw some encampments on call this accident and streets and we spoke to a 30-year-old woman named Soraya Vargas she’s been living with her husband in an RV for 3 years and she talked about the isolation of that wife she’s living on the street , that’s kind of an industrial residential street very quiet. A lot of her time is spent just guarding their RV , she said . It’s often scarier has been works overnight a lot and she’s often left her alone to defend all their belongings and she says often people are coming around , trying to maybe break in here’s her talking about that is we when somebody walking all the sidewalk electing with a flashlight in Sealy was there not it to break imminent , especially when the move in the locks .
It’s , this is a shock , but just trying to survive.
That is so heartbreaking yeah yeah it is and what did the mayor say in response.
So obviously the mayor going around doing outreach with a group like this talking homeless people is there with a reporter there , there is an inherent PR value to that you know a little cynical. But he did sit with her for a really long time along with an outreach worker asked her about her life told her hey we all have .