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Will Pasadena Mayor Tornek Join Other Mayors in the Fight Against Homelessness? 

Posted July 9, 2019
By Gene Gordon

​​​​Photo courtesy  KPCC

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in July that he plans to lead a coalition of mayors calling on Congress to pass the Ending Homelessness Act.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, would direct more than $13 billion to support the work of cities on the front lines of the homelessness crisis, deliver vital services to homeless residents and bring the unsheltered indoors, according to a statement from Garcetti's office.

Other mayors supporting the effort include Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

In 2016 the Pasadena City Council passed an ordinance to approved a ban on homeless structures and aggressive panhandling. The controversial ordinance, introduced by Councilman John J. Kennedy, had been brought before the council once before but caused disagreement between council members who argued its language was unclear.

Now three years later, Pasadena is in the mists of a homelessness epidemic, which is mainly due to overpriced housing and the selling of the city's soul to greedy developers who care nothing about overcrowded streets and displaced residents who have lived in the city their entire lives but, can no longer afford it if they want to eat as well as have housing. The #Washington16 are fighting that battle currently.

27th District Congresswoman Judy Chu isn't one of the congressional co-sponsors of the Bill and with the elections coming next year, Pasadeneans have to take real close looks at the candidates to make sure the people's best interest is in that person's heart, no matter who that person is. 

​In addition to the Ending Homelessness Act, Garcetti and his colleagues will push for action on two other pieces of legislation: the Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu that would establish a new $750 million grant program to provide homeless services; and the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, which would increase the housing credit allocation by 50 percent and boost affordable housing production by an estimated 450,000 homes over the next decade.