Pasadena’s Homeless Count Gets New Leadership

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Top of the News top box 1 Pasadena’s Homeless Count Gets New Leadership Dan Davidson steps up as former leaders continue work on the state level Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 5:33 am When the homeless count begins today it will be with new leadership.Dan Davidson, chair of the faith community committee of the Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness, will now lead the count.Davidson replaces Joe Coletti and Sophia Herrera who led the count in past years.“They’re really being called into statewide work on homelessness and the housing crisis,” Davidson said. “So as they’re moving forward with that, they were looking for someone to come and coordinate and do some of the work they’ve had been doing.”Dan Davidson. Courtesy photoThe count, which continues tomorrow, takes place in specific locations where there are services for people experiencing homelessness. The results will be available in April or May.“As far as the methodology goes, it’s by and large the same,” said Jennifer O’Reilly Jones, Pasadena’s homeless programs coordinator. “We have made a few minor tweaks. We still will be canvasing a hundred percent of the city’s geography. We still attempt to engage with and survey every person that we count. The changes that I would point to are our evening shift on Tuesday evening, we shifted it back a half an hour, so it will start at 8:30 p.m. and run to 10:30 p.m. instead of going from 8 to 10. We did an analysis of the busiest times during our count shifts and that 8 to 8:30 time was slow. We also were getting feedback from volunteers that as the shift was ending at 10 o’clock in prior years, they felt like it would’ve been better to stay a little later.”That isn’t the only change coming to this year’s count.A case manager, outreach worker or other representative from one of the local agencies that provides services to people experiencing homelessness will go out with the volunteers.“In the past, we would have regular volunteers cover zones and the professional volunteers cover the parks and the areas outside the zones,” Davidson said. “Now we’ve included one of those professional volunteers on the regular teams in the zones themselves. That’s so that hopefully they feel confident and supported if they run into a situation where they’re not able to really engage or something like that.”The volunteers will also hand out kits containing toothbrushes, feminine products, first aid kits, gloves and socks as a small incentive to help people open up to them during the survey.The 2019 count recorded 542 people experiencing homelessness in Pasadena, down from 677 in 2018. Only 2016 had a lower count, when 530 homeless people were counted.The count in Pasadena has shown a decrease in the local homeless population in almost every year since 2011.Last year’s count revealed veterans comprise only 6 percent of the homeless population in Pasadena.The number of families with children on the street, which has been declining since 2017, continued to fall. Some 14 percent fell into this count category.The 6 percent that are unaccompanied youths, between the ages of 18 to 24, is also characterized in the summary as a “positive low.”Though the raw number of homeless in Pasadena is down, the number of those suffering chronic homelessness increased and accounts for approximately 50 percent of the total population counted.Chronic homelessness is characterized by people with a disabling condition that have been homeless for more than a year.While the homeless population decreased in Pasadena in 2019, it skyrocketed in LA County. About 59,000 people are living on the streets of Los Angeles County. About 16,000 of those people are living in their cars.“As difficult as a survey is and asking private questions is, we do hope people engage and we want to increase that because that improves the quality of our data, so we can be more confident in our numbers because those numbers determine quite a bit when it comes to funding and improvement to different services,” saidUnder the second change,” Davidson said. 18 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. 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“Queen of Cocaine” Assassinated in Colombia

first_img Colombian drug queen Griselda Blanco, known in 1970 as “the Queen of Cocaine,” and precessor of feared boss Pablo Escobar in the smuggling of cocaine to the United States, was shot dead by a hit man in Medellín (northwest), said authorities on September 4. The crime occurred on the evening of September 3, when the 69-year-old woman was leaving a butcher shop in the neighborhood of Belén, in the city of Medellín. The hit man, who was driving a motorcycle, shot her in the head twice. According to reports from authorities, Blanco had returned to Colombia in 2004, after serving part of a 60-year imprisonment sentence in the United States, to which she was sentenced in 1985. Fabio Castillo, Colombian journalist and author of the book “Los jinetes de la cocaína” (Riders of Cocaine), which tells the country’s history of drug trafficking, pointed out that Blanco initially worked for the first cocaine cartel that existed in the Medellín, headed by Alfredo Gómez, alias “El Padrino” or “The Godfather”. According to Castillo, Blanco’s “function, in reality, was to create the mechanisms in which to launder the cash obtained from the drug trafficking network of Gómez,” whose organization began to crumble in 1976, with the capture and prosecution of its principal contacts in New York. But with her experience, the woman, who was also known as “La Madrina” or “The Godmother”, organized a powerful drug trafficking network, which mainly employed mules or human female carriers, to transport the drugs. According to estimates by authorities, Blanco’s organization smuggled 1,500 kilos of cocaine a month to the United States. She was the first to use the route from Colombia to Florida, which was later inherited by Escobar, considered Colombia’s main drug dealer. The Colombian authorities do not have information about the woman having re-offended since her return to Colombia and settlement in Medellín, where she kept a low profile. Although very little official documentation exists about her, some reports agree that Blanco, was characterized with a violent personality from a very young age,, to the point that she was capable of kidnapping a 10-year-old child of a wealthy family and then kill him with one shot, when she was 11 years old, while in the company of a group of beggar children. She was also blamed for the murder of two of her three husbands; the second of them, Alberto Bravo, in a shooting in broad daylight in a parking lot of a Bogotá nightclub in 1975, where Blanco arranged a meeting with him shortly after arriving from the United States in her private jet. Blanco’s personality is known by one of her main obsessions, the movie The Godfather, which led her to baptize one of her sons as Michael Corleone Sepúlveda. In her criminal record, Colombian authorities claim she was responsible for about 250 murders, including those of her two husbands. Blanco was also known by her extravagant luxuries, including a taste for diamonds, several of which, it was said, had belonged to Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón, specifically a ring that Blanco often wore. The world of drugs is a fictional world for many who do not know or see how big that evil to humans is. All drug lords will meet their fate, one way or another. Good has exterminated even worse things. Some day this scourge that is killing humanity will end. By Dialogo September 06, 2012last_img read more