Boyle Heights affordable housing moves forward after councilman drops opposition; homeless arrests on the rise

Housing: Plans are moving forward to build 49 affordable apartments for veterans and homeless people in Boyle Heights after Councilman Jose Huizar dropped his long-time opposition to the project. Huizar said he changed his mind after the developer of the project on E. First Street next to the El Mercado shopping center had addressed his concerns. Huizar has taken a lot of heat by homeless advocates for stalling the project for five years. L.A. Times

Homeless: The LAPD’s arrests and citations of homeless people continued to rise last year, climbing 10% from 2016 despite efforts to find alternatives to law enforcement. An estimated 14,500 homeless people were arrested for misdemeanor crimes — including sleeping on sidewalks — while an additional 6,400 arrests were for more serious felonies. Daily News & L.A. Times & Daily News

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