Council rejects settlement on homeless suit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleFiled in February 2003 against the Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Bill Bratton, the suit challenges an ordinance making it illegal to sit, sleep or lie on a public sidewalk. A federal appeals court ruled in April that Los Angeles police must stop arresting people who are sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks when shelter beds are not available. The proposed settlement would have prohibited encampments within 10 feet of any residential or business entrance and would have established an area bounded by Central Avenue and Los Angeles Street and Third and Seventh streets where encampments would be allowed. Police would have been allowed to arrest those sleeping on sidewalks outside the designated area from 9p.m. to 6a.m. In rejecting that plan, the council said it wants the LAPD to work with the City Attorney’s Office to develop new guidelines on dealing with the homeless. The City Council rejected a proposed lawsuit settlement Wednesday that would have allowed transients to sleep on some Los Angeles sidewalks at night and instead authorized the city to appeal the federal ruling in the case. After a three-hour, closed-door meeting, the council voted 10-3 to support Councilwoman Jan Perry’s effort to appeal, saying the settlement would have worsened conditions. “I have tried to set an example on dealing with the homeless,” said Perry, whose downtown district has 39percent of the estimated 90,000 homeless people in the county. “But this is a community with businesses and families that have to be considered as well. Many of the homeless … Skid Row is already overloaded with homeless people, and this settlement only punishes the people trying to help them.” The council also voted to provide money to establish an additional 500 beds at shelter spaces in the downtown area. “Their decision is what it is,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said of the council action. “I had supported the settlement agreement based on what the chief of police, the city attorney and the ACLU all believed was a way to abide by the thrust of the court decision while allowing Los Angeles the flexibility to address the safety issues that come with these encampments.” Bratton said he was disappointed. “We will meet with the city attorney this week and develop some guidelines on what procedures we should follow,” Bratton said. Bratton said the move will not interrupt law enforcement efforts, including plans to deploy an additional 50 specially trained officers to Skid Row this weekend. Bratton said he will propose some new programs, including a measure that would ban tents on city sidewalks. Carol Sobel, the attorney with the ACLU who filed the legal action three years ago, said the homeless situation downtown has not improved. “In fact, it’s gotten worse,” she said. “We have fewer beds available today than we did then, and the number of homeless have just increased in that period.” Councilman Jose Huizar, who was joined by Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Jack Weiss in opposing the council action, said he thinks the council should have accepted the settlement. “What I’m concerned with is that we are criminalizing people for being homeless,” Huizar said. “It isn’t the right thing to do.” Staff Writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dhoni is a topper in University where I am still studying: Karthik

first_img(Eds: Repeating with minor edit in intro) By C Shyam Sundar Chennai, Mar 20 (PTI) Dinesh Karthik has become the toast of the nation with his 8-ball-29 against Bangladesh in the tri-series final but he still feels like a “student in an University where Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a topper”, when it comes to the tag of a best finisher.”When it comes to Dhoni — I am studying in an university where he is the topper. He is one of the guys I have always looked up to. It is unfair to compare me with him,” Karthik told mediapersons during an interaction, here today. Interestingly, Karthik made his international debut in September 2004 during Champions Trophy in England, three months before Dhonis debut against Bangladesh in a bilateral series in December. In the next 14 years, Dhoni became Indias most successful captain and one of its greatest limited overs exponent while Karthik struggled in the fringes, waiting for his chances. “His (Dhoni) journey has been totally different and my journey is a different one. He is a terrific guy. He is somebody who used to be reserved, shy. Today, he is a person, who is really vocal in helping the youngsters. I feel these comparisons are very unfair. As I said, he is probably a topper in an university, where I am studying. I am just happy in the space I am in,” Karthik said. Having been around for a decade and a half, Karthik is finally enjoying his time under spotlight, something he has so richly deserved. He attributes it to his good karma and divine intervention.advertisement “It feels good that all the attention is on me. All the good karma and good things I have done over the years helped me hit that six. It is just that the shot went for a six… probably the two mm extra that it went for it became a six.” The feeling is yet to sink in and Karthik admitted it. “It is hard for me to put in words. I am just happy to play this sport. When you play domestic cricket, it is a hard grind, To suddenly get so much attention feels so good but you also know that you want this to be a start of something special,” he added. Karthik also said the time spent with Mumbai cricketer Abhishek Nayar over the years had helped him strengthen the mental aspect of his game. “He (Abhishek Nayar) has been the most important factor in the last two and half years in my career. He has helped me prepare for games. He has made me think in terms of strategy. He also knows what is the right way to work hard. He has been the river and I have been the boat,” he added. Karthik also defended rookie Vijay Shankar who didnt have the experience of tackling Mustafizur Rahamans slower deliveries. “Vijay Shankar has the skill. He has done really well as a bowler. For someone, who is a batting all-rounder, he did well under pressure. I see a really good future for him. He has got a good attitude. He is a special talent and he has it in him to play for a long, long time,” the 32-year-old stumper said. He may have been a bit upset with Rohit Sharmas decision to promote Shankar ahead of him but lavished praise on Mumbaikars style of captaincy. “His (Rohit Sharmas) biggest strength is that he has won three IPLs as skipper and has immense belief in his ability to lead a team. He does a lot of homework. He is strategically very strong. He is a very thorough captain and is someone who is highly-skilled,” Karthik said. He has been named captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming IPL and he would like to grow in stature after the platform that Nidahas Trophy has provided him. “(The forthcoming) IPL is extemely imporant. It is a fabulous tournament. Indian cricket is where it is because of the IPL. We get to rub shoulders with the best. On a personal note, it is very important tournament for me,” Karthik said. The feisty Karthik is excited about his new role and wants to live up to the legacy left behind by Gautam Gambhir. “I am very excited about the captaincy role. May be, it is time for me to embrace captaincy. The team has a very good bowling attack. I have to sit down with the coaches and see where I need to bat,” he added.advertisement About the return of CSK and Rajasthan Royals, he said it will be a totally different dynamics to the touramment. “CSK and Rajasthan Royals bring a totally different dynamics to the game. I am sure it is going to be a fabulous tournament,” Karthik said. PTI SS KHS KHS KHSlast_img read more