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    In an effort to address a burgeoning unhoused population and increasing fire risk, the Riverside City Council has approved a ban on camping or sleeping in areas where undeveloped vegetation runs up against homes, including the Santa Ana River bottom. The ordinance makes it illegal to “sit, lie, sleep, or store, use, maintain, or place any bulky item or personal property” in the so-called wildland-urban interface. Before the 6-1 vote Tuesday night, city officials cited an anticamping ordinance passed last year by the Los Angeles City Council designating certain areas off-limits to encampments; the law has drawn criticism from activists who say it criminalizes homelessness. Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes was the lone no vote, citing concerns that there will not be enough shelter for everyone living in the river bottom. Exacerbated by extreme drought, probable “human-caused” fires have ignited in the river bottom over the years, prompting officials to propose the anticamping ordinance. In the last five years, the Riverside Fire Department has responded to 163 calls for vegetation fires in the Santa Ana River bottom, 66% of which were...
    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento city leaders on Tuesday approved a controversial plan to open a homeless center near a children’s receiving home. City councilmembers voted unanimously to turn the former Powerhouse Science Center on Auburn Boulevard into a shelter where homeless people can escape the weather 24/7. READ MORE: Modesto Police Release Bodycam Footage Of Deadly Shooting After Family Announces Legal ActionNeighbors have opposed the plan saying it puts kids in the receiving home at risk. But Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he refused to let the facility sit empty. He cited a recent count that found Sacramento’s homeless population has almost doubled in three years. READ MORE: Crews Stop Forward Progress Of Fire That Forced Evacuations In El Dorado CountyJust hours before that vote, Sacramento business leaders released their own plan to solve the city’s homeless crisis. MORE NEWS: Tahoe City Downtown Association Employee Riding Golf Cart Dies After Being Rear-Ended On Highway 28The Sacramento Chamber of Commerce wants to implement a no-camping ordinance across the county, add temporary shelter sites and would require the county to offer treatment for substance...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California Homeless Union is demanding answers after they say Union Pacific’s railway expansion project could displace up to 2,000 people along the tracks. The Union is calling out the City of Sacramento and Union Pacific after the railroad agency warned of upcoming sweeps. READ MORE: Yolo County Sheriff's Deputies Find Body Of Missing Person In American RiverThe agency will remove homeless people to make way for a railway expansion project. The issue is that city shelters are full, and the people being displaced have nowhere to go. “They don’t like us by the tracks, but we have nowhere else to go,” said Michael Lopez, who has been homeless for almost two decades, starting when he was 19. Lopez lives along Roseville Road in Sacramento, right across from the railroad tracks. But after Railroad agency Union Pacific warned of sweeps, he may have to leave, which wouldn’t be the first time. “I think they should be able to do their work right, but we don’t have anywhere to go,” he said. READ MORE: Overturned Semitruck And Fuel...
    ARSENAL and Chelsea's matches in southern America were delayed by an hour due to severe weather warnings. Both teams are on their pre-season tour of the States with the London rivals to face each other over the weekend in the Florida Cup final. 2Arsenal's clash against Orlando City was delayed by an hour due to lightning stormsCredit: https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/1549893816798298114 2Chelsea's match against Charlotte FC was also pushed back due to bad weatherCredit: Getty Fans exiting the stadium ahead of Charlotte FC v Chelsea due to ‘severe weather in the area’. pic.twitter.com/OT4NpsOUBN— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) July 20, 2022 But their preparations hit somewhat of a snag as bad weather in Orlando in Florida and Charlotte in North Carolina pushed their games back. Lightning storms pushed Arsenal's fixture against Orlando City back by an hour, while Chelsea kicked off 75 minutes later against Charlotte FC. Fans who were already sitting in the Exploria Stadium and Bank of America Stadium were told to leave their seats and seek emergency shelter. A message on the big screen at Orlando's ground read: "Inclement weather. Please seek...
    OAKLAND — A federal judge has temporarily blocked plans by Caltrans and the city to disband the massive Wood Street homeless encampment in West Oakland, where city officials intend to build a new shelter. Caltrans was set to start clearing the area Wednesday, and planned to have the entire camp removed by the first week in August. On Tuesday, Judge William Orrick issued a temporary restraining order barring the agency from removing the encampment — at least for now. A court hearing is set for Friday to determine next steps. The Wood Street encampment, which is home to an estimated 200 people, extends for multiple city blocks and sprawls across vacant land owned by Caltrans and BNSF Railway. It’s been the site of multiple fires, including one last week that shut down traffic on the I-880 and I-580 overpasses that run above the encampment. But it’s also home to several communities of well-organized residents who have resisted efforts to displace them in the past. On Monday, a group of residents sued, attempting to stop the planned closure of their camp....
    Oakland shut down a portion of its largest homeless encampment, starting the daunting work of clearing a massive, sprawling camp that has been plagued by fires as the city prepares to transform the area using a $4.7 million grant from the state. After posting hot-pink signs warning of the impending operation along Wood Street in West Oakland, city crews towed vehicles, used machinery to tear down plywood shacks and shoveled debris into a trash compactor while a handful of residents packed up their belongings and spoke with city workers about getting aid. The clean-up targeted Wood Street between West Grand Avenue and 26th Street last week, leaving intact much of the camp that extends for blocks of Wood Street and onto nearby vacant land owned by Caltrans, a railroad and private owners. But the city says it’s a first step toward a new state-funded shelter set to go up on the site in the near future. “This closure is an important part of the plan to set up an emergency shelter program that will serve the residents on Wood Street...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A proposed homeless shelter next to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento has a former Congress member threatening unincorporation. “That is a reckless, reckless policy,” said the former Congress member Doug Ose as he spoke about Sacramento Mayor Darrell Stenberg’s possible next step in combating the homeless crisis. READ MORE: Cooling Centers Opening In The Sacramento Area Ahead Of A Week Of Triple-Digit HeatOse continued, “There are numerous places where this homeless encampment could go. Or conversely, we could move the Children’s Receiving Home. But putting the two of them next door to each other is a reckless policy.” Mayor Steinberg is asking city council to turn the now empty Science and Space Center Museum into a 24-hour homeless shelter. READ MORE: Lawsuit says Bass Pro Won't Honor Lifetime Warranty On SocksOse lives near the site of the proposed homeless shelter on the county’s side and says he is considering filing paperwork to incorporate the area from the city. “There’s a number of us that think that’s the heart of the problem. Is that the land needs...
    Two L.A. city councilmen called Friday for more resources for the city’s struggling animal shelters following a Times article about crowded kennels, shelter dogs that go for weeks without walks and staffing shortages. “Angelenos deserve the services we pay for,” said City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, whose South L.A. district includes Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center. “We expect animals to be treated humanely and require the city to do better.” Chesterfield Square is the most crowded of the city’s six animal shelters and houses some 300 dogs, some of whom face long confinement periods. The city relies on hundreds of unpaid volunteers to walk and exercise the dogs, but volunteers say that they can’t keep up with the influx of animals. At the same time, staffing shortages are hurting the department. Animal Services lost more than 20% of its workforce through a program that encouraged older city employees to retire. It was launched in the first year of the pandemic in 2020 when it wasn’t clear that federal funding would be available. CaliforniaFor Subscribers ‘It’s inhumane’: Dogs at L.A. animal shelters...
    Daniel Cooper grew up in poverty and knows what it’s like to sleep in a car, scavenge for food, shower at the gym and barely scrape by working multiple jobs. He hopes that hard-earned experience will give him a leg up as he takes on what’s arguably one of Oakland’s most difficult roles – addressing the homelessness crisis that has left thousands of Oaklanders living in cars, RVs and massive shantytowns and encampments that sprawl across city streets, sidewalks and vacant land. “I’m compassionate because I understand what people are going through,” Cooper said. “And I understand the single mom trying to find a job, trying to do what she can to raise her kids. … I understand an individual who wants to do better for themselves, but it’s like how?” But despite his first-hand knowledge, Oakland’s new homelessness administrator still will have to prove himself to Oakland’s housed residents, who blame the city for allowing unsightly, unsanitary and often dangerous encampments to proliferate, and to activists and unhoused people who say the city’s encampment “sweeps” unfairly penalize vulnerable people...
    A LOCKDOWN is taking place at the Colorado campus of Pasadena City College. The lockdown is due to "police activity," the college said. 1A lockdown is reportedly taking place at Pasadena City CollegeCredit: Pasadena City College "Lock doors and shelter in place until further notice," Pasadena City College said on Twitter. It is unclear what the active threat is at this time. Pasadena City College said they would share more updates as they come available. The Colorado campus is located in the center of Pasadena. More to follow...For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Mayor Darrell Steinberg is proposing a resolution that would allow a city-owned building on Auburn Boulevard to become a homeless shelter. He posted a video message on social media and in it, said: “I think there’s not any excuse to allow a city-owned asset, that’s not being used for anything else, to lay fallow and not be used for this essential purpose.” READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Signs Budget Bill That'll Give Millions Of Californians Inflation Relief PaymentsMayor Steinberg wants the center to be open 24/7 and serve as a so-called “navigation center” that would connect to services like finding housing, getting state IDs, and obtaining mental heath, and medical care. READ MORE: Truck Stuffed With Recyclables Catches Fire, Prompts Closure On State Route 99 Near Elk GroveThe city council will take up the plan when they meet on July 19.   MORE NEWS: California To Vote On Adding Constitutional Right To Abortion In November Midterm Election 
    OAKLAND — City staff this week poured cold water on an ambitious proposal to build a homeless shelter for up to 1,000 people on the site of a former Army base in West Oakland. The shelter would cost as much as $22.5 million per year to operate — an expenditure that would nearly double what Oakland spends on homelessness in a given year, City Administrator Edward Reiskin told City Council. Even if the city had the money for that, which Reiskin made clear isn’t the case, the site is contaminated with toxic materials and is too far from any public transportation. “In short, the site is isolated and contaminated,” he said. “It’s not suitable to house vulnerable residents for short periods of time, and certainly not for long periods of time.” City Council voted unanimously last month to direct staff to research the idea of the shelter and report back on its feasibility and projected cost. Councilmember Carroll Fife, who introduced the resolution, argued the 22-acre parcel near the city’s waterfront is one of the last large, undeveloped pieces of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- For decades, homelessness has plagued leaders across San Francisco.But walk the streets of the city today, and it's clear the epidemic has reached crisis proportions."It is particularly acute in California and in San Francisco particularly because we have relatively so few exits from the street immediately," said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.To address the problem, Mandelman proposed the so-called "Place for All" ordinance.It calls for the city to offer every homeless person in San Francisco a form of shelter.WATCH: Family recounts what it's like living in SF's Tenderloin EMBED More News Videos From seeing people die from a gunshot wound to others overdosing, Jacques Bidjima describes raising a child in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. On Tuesday night, Supervisors voted for a city department to create an implementation plan for the ordinance by the end of the year."We cannot address encampments in the neighborhoods that are impacted by encampments if we do not have adequate shelter to offer people," Mandelman said.But housing every unsheltered person in San Francisco will not be easy, says Tenderloin Housing Clinic director, Randy Shaw."We...
    Residents of an eastern Ukrainian city under intense bombardment by Russian forces are sheltering under a chemical plant that may be storing dangerous substances, according to a Ukrainian official. The Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk is serving as a refuge for civilians as Russian troops enter the city that is now 70% controlled by Russia, according to the governor of the Luhansk province. While the governor noted to Reuters that the bunkers underneath the chemical plant were "strong Soviet-era" bomb shelters, he worried a Russian airstrike could set off any remaining chemicals being stored at the facility, as was the case on Tuesday. "There are civilians there in bomb shelters, there are quite a few of them," Serhiy Haidai, the head of Luhansk's regional military administration, told Reuters on Wednesday. Haidai added that the Azot plant is "privately-owned" and "we can't know 100% if any chemicals are left." "We were assured that there were no [chemicals] left, but as we can see there are still some remnants," he said, referring to an airstrike that blew up a...
    THE entire city of Wadena is under a shelter in place order as hazardous materials burn at Minnesota Valley Irrigation. The Wadena Fire Department has issued a warning for all residents in the city to stay inside as they continue to battle the fire. 1A fire is burning at Minnesota Valley Irrigation "We are on a working fire and there is hazardous materials. Please shelter in place," a statement on the fire department's Facebook page reads in part. Residents in need of shelter are urged to go to the Wadena-Deer Creek High School safe room. The chemicals burning from the fire are not toxic but may cause symptoms including eye irritation, according to FOX9. Wadena is a city located about 160 miles northwest of Minneapolis. More to follow...For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. Most read in NewsSHOCK DEATHS Major update on suspect...
    New images show the incredible scale and intricacy of Finland's thorough network of nuclear bunkers. More than 500 underground shelters carved into the bedrock of capital Helsinki can hold 900,000 people - a third more than the city's entire population. And as Finland's bid to join NATO prompts Kremlin tough talk including vows to take 'retaliatory steps' against Helsinki, officials are preparing for all eventualities. Anna Lehtiranta, head of communications at Helsinki's city rescue department, said Finns are unfazed by Putin's threats. A softball court is built in one of Helsinki's hundreds of underground emergency bunkers A go karting track is inside one of Helsinki's fully kitted out bunkers, which also have cafes She told MailOnline: 'As a neutral country, we have always felt we need to protect ourselves - and we do. 'The underground shelters built in the bedrock of Finland come from our experience in the Winter War and during the Second World War. We all have relatives who suffered through those traumas.' Finland's subterranean habitats include cafes, softball courts, go karting tracks, car parks and thousands of...
    Acknowledging a desperate need for new interventions to address the area’s homelessness crisis, the Oakland City Council will consider building a new shelter for 1,000 unhoused people on the site of the city’s old Army base. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to direct staff to research the idea and report back next month on its feasibility and projected cost. The 22-acre parcel near the city’s waterfront is one of the last large, undeveloped pieces of publicly owned land in the city, presenting a rare opportunity to build a large-scale project, according to Councilmember Carroll Fife, who introduced the resolution. “I’m tired of being told what can’t happen when it comes to addressing some of my district’s greatest challenges,” she said in a statement. “(District three) constituents, housed and unhoused, deserve better. We spend millions of dollars in maintaining people living on the streets. A creative, proactive effort could redirect those dollars if there was the political will to do so.” Oakland had more than 3,000 people living on its streets as of its last count in 2019, and another...
    Earlier this year, code enforcement officials at the city of Los Angeles cleared the Chesapeake Apartments in South L.A. after a required inspection that was supposed to ensure its rental units were habitable. The complex has 425 apartments and takes up multiple city blocks. But the city’s clean bill of health belied the numerous problems with mold, sewage leaks, faulty smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and other issues that tenants say have plagued the massive complex for years. Beyond that, a 2020 investigation in LAist found Chesapeake Apartments’ owner has been accused by tenants and multiple government agencies of allowing similar conditions across a more than $1-billion real estate empire that’s centered in Southern California. On this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” we discuss the conditions at Chesapeake Apartments and how city and county inspectors missed deep problems there. Our guest is Aaron Mendelson, the LAist reporter who wrote about concerns at the buildings owned by Pama Properties and its president Mike Nijjar. Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod · Gimme Shelter: Deplorable conditions and...
    CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Residents in Chinatown came together Monday afternoon to say "enough is enough" when it comes to the proposed shelters and jails in their community."The last affordable housing was built in 1976 and since that time we got a homeless shelter, and then we got another homeless shelter, and then we got another homeless shelter, and then we got another homeless shelter," Jan Lee from Neighbors United Below Canal said. "And they want to repeat this over and over again. And then they built another jail. And they built more and more jails."Lee said the community is tired of carrying the burden of so many shelters and jails.This rally comes after the city scrapped plans for a homeless shelter slated to open in the neighborhood. Critics saying it would lead to an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.The canceled shelter was just one of three proposed by the city to be built in Chinatown.And the larger shelter proposed for Grand Street, just steps from where Christina Yuna Lee was brutally murdered, stabbed more than 40 times.Community leaders learned...
    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WLS) -- Keynote Speaker Sugar Ray Leonard will host the first annual "Their Second Home" Gala for Anthony Adams House.The event is Friday May 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Blue Chip Casino, it includes dinner and live entertainment from local jazz band The Good Music Band. Funds will be used to support programming and staff.Anthony Adams House offers housing and support services to youth in the LaPorte County area to assist them with getting off the streets and in safe, stable and healthy environments. The young people they serve are usually disconnected from their family, social supports or have endured traumatic and adverse childhood experiences. In addition to living on the streets, many have survived abusive homes, spent time in juvenile justice facilities, aged out of foster care or have been victims of human trafficking and exploitation.
    CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- New York City is now dropping plans to open a homeless shelter in Chinatown, following protests from area residents.The shelter, slated to open at 47 Madison Street was one of three homeless shelters planned in Chinatown.City officials say they listened to the needs of the community and decided the shelter will be moved to another location with fewer services for the homeless.ALSO READ | What is Elon Musk going to do with Twitter? Experts express doubts in billionaire CEO's visionEMBED More News Videos Twitter announced that Elon Musk has bought the social media giant. News of the deal came with shock, concern and cheers. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    Ukrainian officials accused Russian troops of bombing and shelling a factory that is being used as a shelter for civilians in the besieged city of Mariupol. At least 1,000 civilians, including women and children, are sheltering underneath the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol alongside the city's remaining defense forces that are refusing to surrender to Russian troops. The Mariupol City Council said on Monday that the civilians are trapped there. Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, claimed on Tuesday that Russian forces "are not only striking Azovstal with bombs but also with artillery and tanks, continuing their chaotic attacks on the residential area of the Left Bank (Livoberezhnyi) district along the line from the Meotidy Boulevard." UKRAINIAN MILITARY USED CLUSTER MUNITIONS TO RETAKE CITY: REPORT Mariupol is a strategically important port city in the southern part of the country. It is located between the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and the Donbas region, which is in the east and is heavily populated with pro-Russian separatists. While the city remains contested, the Pentagon said...
    SANTA CRUZ — The city has set an end date of July for its largest concentrated homeless encampment, hosting nearly 300 tents lining the San Lorenzo Park Benchlands. “The council will remember that we discussed this as part of the Homelessness Action Plan,” City Manager Matt Huffaker said during a Santa Cruz City Council April 12 meeting. “One of our major goals for this summer and we have set the timeline for July of this summer for a full closure of the Benchlands, as we stand up additional shelter sites.” Meanwhile, the benchlands camp has remained rooted in San Lorenzo Park through the COVID-19 pandemic, a fence-enclosed county-run camp, a community blockade, a federal court injunction, a major relocation and flooding in the past two years. During a rough count by Sentinel at the end of last month, there were some 285 tents set up along the San Lorenzo River from the Water Street bridge to the Soquel Avenue bridge. Earlier in March, two larger side-by-side unsanctioned camps — one “Camp Paradise” on city-owned land along the east side of the San Lorenzo River, the other “Hell’s Trail,”...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Fewer than four days after the mass shooting that’s rocked the city, the Sacramento City Council held a hastily-called special meeting as a group of fed-up neighbors push for a ballot initiative to get homeless people off the streets. The ongoing homeless crisis is creating tension between Sacramento city leaders and a community group trying to get homeless campers off the streets. READ MORE: 2 Friends Missing Since Sunday Found Dead In Vehicle Submerged In Stanislaus River Near Ripon“I don’t think it’s good process,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said of Wednesday’s meeting. The city council held an emergency meeting to discuss the community group’s November ballot proposal that would require the city to pay for more than 6,000 new shelter beds. “It would double shelter capacity by next summer,” said Daniel Conway with Sacramentans For Safe and Clean Parks. Conway is leading the group’s effort. “The city would go encampment by encampment offering people space in shelters and access to services, but also letting them know that Sacramento no longer allows people to live outside,” he said....
    Ukrainians are joining immigrants at the United States border with Mexico hoping to gain entry, and in the Mexican city of Tijuana, just south of San Diego, California, a shelter has opened specifically to house those who are fleeing their war-torn country after the Russian invasion in February. The Benito Juarez sports complex now has sleeping mats and other amenities to help Ukrainians who are hoping to gain refugee protection in the United States. “This action is a preventive measure to avoid people congregating near the San Ysidro Port of Entry as we avoid what could be a possible shut down of the border crossing,” Montserrat Caballero, the mayor of Tijuana said in an article posted on the BorderReport website. “We will continue to provide attention and public safety to immigrants as they wait for their process to evolve with American authorities.” The Border Report website spoke with officials and Ukrainians staying there: Caballero referenced a fear among many officials in Tijuana that if too many people congregate near the port of entry, [Customs and Border Protection] could shut it...
    Los Angeles has agreed to build potentially thousands of new beds and housing units under the terms of a legal settlement announced Friday, apparently bringing to an end a key portion of a contentious, long-running federal lawsuit over homeless housing and enforcement on skid row and across the city. The agreement between the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights and the city would require opening enough beds over the next five years to accommodate 60% of the city’s unsheltered population in each City Council district. City officials say that about 13,300 beds of various kinds are already being planned, including permanent supportive housing — through Proposition HHH — as well as a range of interim solutions. As a result, it remains unclear how many new units not already in the pipeline and counted by the city will be required to reach the 60% goal. But city officials estimate that all of this building, including what is already planned, will cost between $2.4 billion and $3 billion over the next several years. The exact number of beds required will depend...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A high school in San Jose has been told to shelter in place after a man was shot near campus Thursday morning. San Jose police said a shooting was reported in the area of Lucretia Avenue and Taji Drive, near Yerba Buena High School, at 10:43 a.m. READ MORE: Poll: Fear Of Crime Preventing Bay Area Residents Return To Big City DowntownsAccording to officers, one male was shot. His condition was not immediately available. READ MORE: State Orders Redwood City Metal Recycler To Investigate, Clean Up Potential PollutionPolice are searching for one suspect in connection with the shooting. Officers have set up a perimeter in the area. MORE NEWS: Redwood City Car Dealership Finance Manager Sentenced For EmbezzlementThis is a breaking news update. More details to come.
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — City government of Mariupol reports 300 dead in last week’s airstrike on theater used as bomb shelter, citing witnesses. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's one of San Francisco's most pervasive and omnipresent problems. For years, homelessness has continued to plague one of the world's wealthiest cities.But on Tuesday, several supervisors put forward a proposal that would provide shelter for every homeless person."The trouble is, we have nowhere near enough shelter to offer," said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.Mandelman says while the cost could run into the tens of millions of dollars, its ultimate goal, to eliminate homeless encampments on the streets, is worth it.RELATED: Petition and plea for more shelters in SF for unhoused women"The biggest challenge that I hear about from my constituents on a daily basis," he said.But some experts say more has to be built into the plan- specifically to deal with those who don't want to be housed."Unless you have the policy adopted with the shelters where it said, 'no we are going to have the police enforce people who don't accept shelter,' I wouldn't even start the process," said Randy Shaw, the director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.Shaw says over the past few decades the percentage...
    Near Vinnytsia, Ukraine (CNN)People in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol risk their lives each time they emerge from underground bunkers, a local military official said, claiming the strategic port is facing the most intense fighting anywhere in the country.With Russia's assault in its fourth week, Major Denis Prokopenko, from the National Guard Azov Regiment, told CNN that air and land attacks on the city were now almost relentless."Usually, Mariupol is under fire during the whole day and night. Sometimes there is 30 minutes of silence, but then the city is again under attack [from] tanks, artillery, multiple rockets, and [aircraft] like bombers and helicopters," he said. Hundreds of civilians were sheltering in this theater in Mariupol on Wednesday March 16, 2022 when Russian forces dropped a powerful bomb on it.Mariupol has been under siege for several weeks and has seen some of the worst attacks in the war since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in February. These have included deadly strikes on a maternity ward and the bombing of a theater, the losses from which are still unknown...
    By ANDREA ROSA KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Rescue workers searched for survivors Thursday in the ruins of a theater blown apart by a Russian airstrike in the besieged city of Mariupol, while scores of Ukrainians across the country were killed in ferocious urban attacks on a school, a hostel and other sites. Hundreds of civilians had been taking shelter in the grand, columned theater in central Mariupol after their homes were destroyed in three weeks of fighting in the southern port city of 430,000. More than a day after the airstrike, there were no reports of deaths. With communications disrupted across the city and movement difficult because of shelling and other fighting, there were conflicting reports on whether anyone had emerged from the rubble. “We hope and we think that some people who stayed in the shelter under the theater could survive,” Petro Andrushchenko, an official with the mayor’s office, told The Associated Press. He said the building had a relatively modern basement bomb shelter designed to withstand airstrikes. Other officials had said earlier that some people had gotten out....
    Officials are optimistic there are survivors after a theater serving as a shelter for hundreds was bombed Wednesday in Mariupol. A shelter in the basement of the building, now covered in rubble, appears to be intact, indicating "most of" the people in the building could be alive, Ukrainian parliament member Dmytro Gurin said, according to the BBC. RUSSIAN FORCES BOMBED MARIUPOL THEATER WITH HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS, CITY COUNCIL SAYS "It looks like most of them have survived and are OK," Gurin said, although continued shelling and artillery from Russian forces make the rescue mission "really difficult." Sergei Taruta, former Donetsk region head, said Thursday in a Facebook post that the rubble was being cleared from the bomb shelter and that people are coming out alive. Petro Andrushchenko, an adviser to the city's mayor, also said many may have survived Wednesday's blast. "The bomb shelter held. Now the rubble is being cleared. There are survivors. We don’t know about the (number of) victims yet," Andrushchenko told Reuters. The exact number of people in...
    By Tim Lister, Olga Voitovych, Tara John and Paul P. Murphy | CNN A theater where hundreds of people had taken shelter in Mariupol was bombed on Wednesday, according to local authorities, as hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped in the coastal Ukrainian city that has been encircled for weeks by Russian forces. Mariupol City Council, who shared an image of the destroyed building, said Russian forces had “purposefully and cynically destroyed the Drama Theater in the heart of Mariupol.” “The plane dropped a bomb on a building where hundreds of peaceful Mariupol residents were hiding,” it said. CNN has geolocated the image and confirmed it is of the theater in the southeastern port city. The word “children” was spelled out on two sides of the theater before it was bombed, according to satellite images. This photo released by Donetsk Regional Civil-Military Administration Council on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 shows the Drama Theatre, damaged after shelling, in Mariupol, Ukraine. Donetsk Regional Civil-Military Administration Council via AP Videos of the aftermath showed a fire raging in the theater’s ruins. The number...
    A theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, serving as a shelter for hundreds of civilians was bombed Wednesday by Russian forces, according to its city council. The number of victims is being assessed after Russian forces "purposefully and cynically" dropped a bomb on the drama theater located in the heart of the southeastern Ukrainian city, the council wrote in a Telegram message. HUMANITARIAN CONVOY SENT TO MARIUPOL TARGETED BY RUSSIAN GUNFIRE, UKRAINE SAYS "It is still impossible to estimate the scale of this horrific and inhumane act, because the city continues to shell residential areas. It is known that after the bombing, the central part of the Drama Theater was destroyed, and the entrance to the bomb shelter in the building was destroyed," the council wrote. A photo shared by the council showed the rubble of what used to be the building with smoke engulfing the surrounding area. The council described the attack as "genocide of the Ukrainian people" and said it was "impossible to find words that could describe the level of cruelty cynicism with which...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council will vote on the final approval of a city camping ban during Monday night’s regular council meeting. The ban passed the first vote earlier this month with a tie-breaking vote from Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman. (credit: CBS) Coffman has been trying to pass the ban for months, saying encampments are a threat to public health and safety. The ban reduces the notice requirement before an abatement can occur from 7 days to 72 hours. He also put forward companion legislation that requires the city to come up with designated areas that will provide alternative shelter. According to the city, there are currently 130 to 150 shelter beds available on any given night. In 2021, the city reported there were 594 sheltered individuals experiencing homelessness. Coffman says the ban isn’t meant to criminalize homelessness, but many opponents still feel sweeps are punishment for being unhoused.
    A Ukrainian bar owner who transformed his business into an emergency shelter and helped organize volunteers to deliver food and supplies across Kharkiv told CNN on Saturday that “we will stay strong and we will keep the city.” Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, has come under intense shelling in civilian areas from Russia in the past week amid Vladimir Putin‘s invasion. Jim Acosta introduced the bar owner, Bohdan Yurov, noting that “he and his network of volunteers have been driving through blown up blocks to deliver food and medications.” “They are now feeding about 1,800 people every day,” Acosta added. Yurov said that while the city may look abandoned, people are still there, including the roughly 45 volunteers sheltering in his bar. After CNN played footage of Yurov traveling through the decimated city to deliver supplies, Acosta asked why he took photos of the deliveries he would make. “All those pictures are basically just to have some huge collection of people who we feed, just to have proof, you know, that we are not going to surrender, that we are still staying...
    A 40-day-old baby has allegedly died after catching pneumonia while in a bomb shelter with his family as they hid from Russian bombs. Heartbreaking photos claim to show baby Amir being buried by his father in an unmarked grave in Lviv, western Ukraine, according to a local report. 5A mother holding her baby as she crosses into Poland 5Civilians' homes in Kharkiv have been targets for Russian artilleryCredit: Zuma Press Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun, who also tweeted about the burial, claimed Amir died while he and his family were evacuated from the besieged city of Kharkiv in the country's east. The harrowing images appear to show the boy's dad and another man praying over Amir's body, which is laid over a marble tomb and covered in white linen. Another picture shows a man carrying Amir while a third shows him being placed into a freshly-dug grave by his weeping father. It comes as the eastern city of Kharkiv comes under heavy bombardment by Russia forces this week. Terrifying footage shows the moment a massive explosion sent a fireball and mushroom...
    MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — A pale, bloodied child, her pajama pants adorned cheerfully with unicorns, is rushed into a hospital, her mother wailing in terror. New mothers nestle infants in makeshift basement bomb shelters. A father collapses in grief over the death of his teen son when shelling ravages a soccer field near a school. These scenes unfolded in and around the Azov Sea port of Mariupol in southern Ukraine over the past week, captured by Associated Press journalists documenting Russia’s invasion. With nighttime temperatures just above freezing, the city was plunged into darkness late in the week as the battle knocked out most phone services and raised the prospect of food and water shortages. Without phone connections, medics did not know where to take the wounded. Russia has made significant gains on the ground in the south in an apparent bid to cut off Ukraine’s access to the sea. It also has taken the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, about 270 kilometers (168 miles) northwest of Mariupol. Capturing the city could also allow Russia to build a land corridor...
    Terrifying footage has revealed the moment a CBS reporter dived to shelter as a massive bomb exploded behind him during a live report from Kyiv.  Charlie D'Agata was broadcasting live for CBS from Ukraine on Thursday night and was handing the segment back to Elaine Quijano at the US offices of the news station when an explosion went off behind him.  Footage shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D'Agata.  Charlie D'Agata was broadcasting live for CBS from Ukraine on Thursday night and was handing the segment back to Elaine Quijano at the US offices of the news station when an explosion went off behind him Footage shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D'Agata D'Agata immediately turns around to face the explosion before turning back to his colleagues and saying: 'What the hell was that?' He adds: 'I don't know it was almost like lightning. It was a big flash and then...' D'Agata trails off as...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Just before midnight Monday, Aurora City Council voted to approve a city camping ban. After dozens of public comments and hours of discussion, councilmembers came to a 5-5 tie. Mayor Mike Coffman, who sponsored the bill, has the ability to vote in the event of a tie. He voted yes, passing the ban 6-5. (credit: CBS) Coffman has been trying to pass the ban for months, saying encampments are a threat to public health and safety. The ban reduces the notice requirement before an abatement can occur from 7 days to 72 hours. He also put forward companion legislation that requires the city to come up with designated areas that will provide alternative shelter. According to the city, there are currently 130 to 150 shelter beds available on any given night. In 2021, the city reported there were 594 sheltered individuals experiencing homelessness. Anna Miller at Mile High Behavioral Healthcare estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness now to be hundreds higher. Mile High Behavioral Healthcare is the only shelter in Aurora that provides both day...
    Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN)Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv are facing worsening conditions as a Russian military column more than 40 miles long bears down on the city.Thousands of residents are sheltering in unheated basements, underground parking lots and subway stations and a sudden cold snap has blanketed the city with snow, making the situation even more difficult.Viktoriya and her family say leaving their Kyiv home to spend the night in a bomb shelter may have saved their lives.When they returned on Tuesday morning, they discovered that bullets had pierced two windows in their apartment overnight. One of them shattered an electrical socket nearby, leaving a hole where the plug would normally go. Viktoriya told CNN bullets pierced two windows in her family's apartment while they were spending the night at a shelter. One of the projectiles that entered the family's home in Kyiv while they were out."I realized there is no place where I can feel safe now," said Viktoriya, 38, who asked CNN not to use her full name. "My home is not my castle any more. All the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Just before midnight Monday, Aurora City Council voted to approve a city camping ban. After dozens of public comments and hours of discussion, councilmembers came to a 5-5 tie. Mayor Mike Coffman, who sponsored the bill, has the ability to vote in the event of a tie. He voted yes, passing the ban 6-5. (credit: CBS) Coffman has been trying to pass the ban for months, saying encampments are a threat to public health and safety. The ban reduces the notice requirement before an abatement can occur from 7 days to 72 hours. He also put forward companion legislation that requires the city to come up with designated areas that will provide alternative shelter. According to the city, there are currently 130 to 150 shelter beds available on any given night. In 2021, the city reported there were 594 sheltered individuals experiencing homelessness. Anna Miller at Mile High Behavioral Healthcare estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness now to be hundreds higher. Mile High Behavioral Healthcare is the only shelter in Aurora that provides both day...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Aurora City Council is expected to make a decision that would update parameters for the camping ban in the city Monday. It’s a topic that has been up for debate quite some time. In 2021, there were just under 600 people who were experiencing homelessness in Aurora. The proposal from Mayor Mike Coffman would give those experiencing homelessness shorter notice on when their camp would be cleared. The mayor wants to drop the notice requirement from seven days to 72 hours. This would be in place if there were enough shelter space available for encampment residents and would only be extended during extreme weather. The second proposal will be for the city manager to provide designated areas for shelter in “companion legislation.” These areas will provide sanitation, water and food for those displaced from their encampments. During the last city council meeting in early February, six of the ten council members expressed support for the proposal.
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — When the children start crying, the adults start playing Ukrainian folk songs, or make up fairy tales to chase away the fear. Food and water are sometimes scarce. Everyone hopes for peace. These are the vagaries of life in makeshift shelters around Ukraine, where families try to protect and make conditions bearable for their young and old amid the distant clatter bullets, missiles or shells outside. Hundreds of thousands of citizens rushed to spend yet another night in Kyiv’s subway network at the howl of air raid sirens overnight Sunday. Among those taking refuge in shelters are some of the Associated Press journalists bearing witness as to how ordinary Ukrainians are coping with the war tearing their country apart, like piano teacher Alla Rutsko. “A terrible dream … It seems to me that all this is not happening to me. The eyes see, but the mind refuses to believe,” said Rutsko, 37, sitting on an air mattress in Kyiv’s Pecherskaya subway station. “On the fourth night, I can even sleep and dream,” she said. “But waking...
    New York City workers have seemingly paid no mind to a homeless man who has been siphoning electricity to his tent in an East Village park, according to a report. Fifty-four-year-old Abdur-Rashiyd “JK” Rivera’s tent has been staked at Tompkins Square park the past three months, the New York Post reports. Seventy-five feet of extension cords run to a nearby light post, bringing electricity to his shelter – powering his heater and bringing light to read books. The Department of Homelessness and up to three other city agencies pay Rivera visits some days. “The only thing the homeless services do, they come here, they ask if you’re alright and you say ‘Yes’ and they say, ‘Do you want to go to a shelter?’ I say ‘no’ and they leave,” Rivera told the Post.  Rivera says that only one city worker has seemed to take issue with his electricity set-up.  “I had a problem with the lady from the Department of Parks and Recreation,” he told the Post. “People could trip and everything and I understood that. She used to...
    Defiant Ukrainian kept up their spirits on Friday while sheltering in underground bunkers as the Russian army advances through their county. The group of women were filmed singing in the city of Cherkasy, a city of 270,000 people 120 miles south of Kyiv. They did so as Cherkasy braced itself for the oncoming Russian onslaught which hit Kyiv late Friday and into early Saturday.  A video on social media showed women in a basement on Friday night, resolutely singing the national anthem as they awaited the onslaught. 
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of Chinatown are pushing back on a plan to increase the number of homeless shelters in their neighborhood. At issue is a proposed shelter scheduled to open next year on East Broadway. Residents say it will be the sixth shelter in their neighborhood and enough is enough, CBS2’s Dana Tyler reported Monday. The recent killing of Christina Yuna Lee, allegedly by a homeless man, has heightened their concerns. City officials say the new shelter was planned after four homeless men were killed while sleeping on a Chinatown street in 2019. But since that time, anti-Asian crime is on the rise. READ MORE: Furious Chinatown Residents Flood Public Hearing On Plans For New Homeless Shelter The hope now is that Mayor Eric Adams‘ new administration will reconsider the shelter plans. Jacky Wong is a member of the Concerned Citizens of East Broadway. He represents a coalition of Chinatown residents and business owners concerned about safety. READ MORE: Demonstrators Rally In Chinatown To Protest Plans For More Homeless Service Facilities Tyler asked what the group’s objection to the proposed...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Chinatown residents sounded off Friday during a heated community meeting over the city’s plans to open a homeless shelter. As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports, some people fear the shelter will lead to a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. READ MORE: Truck Blockade At International Crossing In Canada Causing Concern In Tri-State AreaFuror erupted inside the public hearing in Chinatown with hundreds of residents inside and hundreds more locked out. “You are killing our people. You are killing our business. You are killing our livelihood,” resident Mary Wang said. The issue at hand — a homeless shelter that the city plans to open next year on East Broadway by Forsythe Street. Residents say it will be the sixth shelter in their neighborhood. “I feel not safe living in this community because I’m surrounded by shelters,” one resident said. “We have more shelters than anyone,” another person said. “We are dealing with the same thing in Harlem,” Harlem resident Joshua Clennon said. “We’ve seen our city continuously, continuously place these facilities in communities of color while totally ignoring...
    Hiring someone to coordinate animal shelter volunteers and provide outreach is one of several Contra Costa Grand Jury recommendations the city of Antioch agrees would help improve animal services. Council members on Tuesday approved a letter responding to the 2021-2022 county grand jury investigation — the third one — into animal services and shelter operations in Contra Costa and the subsequent summary this government watchdog group gave of its findings and recommendations. Before voting on the response, Mayor Lamar Thorpe noted that the grand jury’s report’s recommendations were just that and not binding. “It’s only if we agree and want to do it,” he said before the council unanimously approved the city’s response. The city agreed with several of the conclusions that jurors came to after researching the facility’s practices and interviewing officials, shelter workers and rescue groups. It wanted more time to study, however, to explore the jurors’ recommedation of possible sharing of resources or collaboration with the county on services. Among the findings were that there is a need for improved animal services throughout the county and that...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A plan to turn a youth hostel into a homeless shelter in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill got one step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday despite fierce opposition from neighbors who, among several concerns, say it will bring more homeless people to their neighborhood.At the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance meeting, the supervisors on the committee voted in favor of moving forward with the shelter at 711 Polk Street. The proposal will now go to the full Board of Supervisors for a final vote.Several members of the Lower Nob Hill Neighborhood Alliance -- a group that formed to push back against the proposal -- called in to the meeting to voice their opposition to the shelter."We are worried it's going to fail, and it's going to fail all over our streets," Susan Walsh, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2014, told ABC7 News.RELATED: 'Look around': Advocates for South Bay's unhoused residents concerned over delay of homeless countWalsh said there are already several other homeless shelters in their district, including many in the...