Why California is flush, some hard costs of mental illness, and why prison costs rise as inmate population falls
Good morning, California.
“You want to know who the homeless czar is? I’m the homeless czar.”—Gov. Gavin Newsom, clearly taking ownership of—and staking his reputation on—what he called the “the issue that defines our times.”
- In his new budget, Newsom proposes to pour another $1.4 billion into the fight against homelessness.
- Newsom’s homelessness task force, co-chaired by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, will deliver its first set of recommendations today.