By: Hillel Aron
LOS ANGELES — For years, a federal lawsuit over the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles has hung like a specter over city and county elected officials. At times, it threatened to completely upend the region’s complex and extraordinarily expensive system for combatting homelessness. But for the last six months, the suit has appeared to be sputtering toward a rather anticlimactic end.
“I believe we can do better,” U.S. District Judge David Carter said, throwing another curveball at LA County by shooting down its offer to spend an additional $236 million on homeless services.
The sputtering will go on. On Monday, U.S. District Judge David Carter refused to approve a settlement agreement between the LA Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of downtown residents, business interests and service providers, and Los Angeles County.
“I’m not prepared to endorse this agreement today,” Carter said. “I believe we can do better.” Still, he asked the county to begin implementing the terms of the agreement “in good faith.”
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