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Herb Wesson

Los Angeles panel proposes homelessness emergency, funds

It's no secret to people who walk or drive the streets of Los Angeles that homeless people — tens of thousands of them — are everywhere.

On Tuesday, having looked at numbers showing the city's homeless population has increased more than 10 percent over the past two years, officials announced they have decided enough is enough.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and several other elected officials stood outside City Hall — a few feet from several homeless people dozing on a lawn — to announce they plan to declare a state of emergency on homelessness and spend $100 million to eradicate it.

"These are our fellow Angelinos," the mayor said. "They...