AM Alert: State weighs spending for homeless veteran housing

07/21/2014 5:00 AM

07/18/2014 6:34 PM

Facing no organized opposition, Proposition 41, a measure authorizing $600 million in bonds for housing and other services for homeless veterans, passed with more than 65 percent of the vote in June.

That could go a long way to helping California’s veterans, which are overrepresented in the homeless population. At nearly 15,000 on any given night, they also make up more than a quarter of homeless veterans nationwide, according to the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

But now comes the difficult part of figuring out how the money will be spent, including which regions have the greatest need for funding assistance. The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program has hosted a series of meetings across the state over the past two weeks, and it will get Sacramento’s input today at 2 p.m. at the HCD Headquarters at 2020 West El Camino Avenue in Sacramento. A final meeting takes place tomorrow in Santa Ana.

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Los Angeles and called upon the county to end homelessness among veterans. Los Angeles County has more than 6,300 homeless veterans, the most in the nation.

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WHO ARE YOU?: In May, Brown signed a bill requiring that nonprofit organizations making political contributions in California disclose more information about the source of their money. Among the changes, ballot measure committees that raise more than $1,000,000 must maintain a list of their top ten contributors. Though the law went into effect July 1, the Fair Political Practices Commission is still working through how to implement the new regulations. It will hold an interested persons meeting to take comments on a draft campaign disclosure form, 10 a.m. at the commission headquarters on J Street, which it expects to adopt next month.

WHAT THE FRACK DO YOU WANT?: The state continues to work toward final regulations for fracking and other oil-drilling techniques involving well stimulation, with a revised proposal released in June. The California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources has been traveling the state to get public feedback on the rules, and it will hold a hearing in Sacramento today, starting at 4 p.m. at the California Natural Resources Agency Auditorium on 9th Street. The regulations must be approved and go into effect by January 1, 2015.

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