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    An ​LA County forecast sees 1 million more people. But is there enough housing?

    An ​LA County forecast sees 1 million more people. But is there enough housing?


    Political and business leaders say a population-growth forecast for Los Angeles County shows the need for more housing construction like this in Riverside in June. (File photo)

    By KEVIN MODESTI | kmodesti@scng.com | Daily News
    PUBLISHED: November 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm | UPDATED: November 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm


    A new forecast that Los Angeles County’s population will grow by 1 million people in the next two decades underscores the need to encourage housing construction.

    That was the takeaway for many business and government leaders meeting at UCLA on Friday to the release of a preliminary forecast by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).


    “L.A. County’s population will grow from its current level of 10.2 million residents to nearly 11.2 million residents by 2035,” Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of SCAG, said in a news release. “What we cherish the most — our region’s quality of life — is at stake if we cannot build more housing or building and maintain the transportation infrastructure necessary to accommodate this growth.”


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    The population growth projection of about 9 percent over the next 18 years is in line with the pace of growth in the past 18 years.


    But that presents a “formidable” challenge for policymakers because the county is already behind the needed pace of home construction, said Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), in a phone interview.


    The forecast, released at the 16th annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit, hosted by the LABC on the UCLA campus, was only the latest over recent years to highlight the region’s and state’s housing shortage.


    What seemed different this time, Leslie said, was the consensus among summit attendees about how to respond to the shortage, which leads to higher home prices and rents, contributes to homelessness, makes it harder for job-seekers find housing near work, and puts more commuters on the freeways.


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    In years past, many expected solutions to come from federal, state and local governments, Leslie said. Now, with federal grants dried up and California’s Community Redevelopment Associations eliminated, there’s general agreement that government must allow house and apartment builders to do their work and increase the housing supply, she said.


    Friday’s summit felt like a “victory lap,” Leslie said, after a series of positive steps: voter approval of L.A. County Measure H (homeless services) and Measure M (transportation) and L.A. city Measure HHH (homelessness housing), the California Legislature’s passage of 15 housing bills, including Senate Bill 35, which streamlines cities’ development approval process under some circumstances; Mayor Eric Garcetti’s commitment to the city constructing more than 100,000 new residential units by 2021, and Garcetti’s call for for a new Cityside General Plan and updates in the city’s 35 community plans to revise project size and density limits.


    “The momentum is there right now,” Leslie said.


    Garcetti told summit attendees that “L.A. is making it easier to finance and build the housing we need.”


    But Garcetti would get an argument about that point.


    “We’re in the middle of a crisis, and nobody is doing anything to help it,” Stuart Waldman, president of the (San Fernando) Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said in an interview after he read about the SCAG forecast. “They’re making it harder to build.


    “Between NIMBYs (“not in my backyard”), and the process of going through [the] Planning [Department], going through the neighborhood councils, going through Building and Safety, going through hearing administrators, and the labor costs because of Measure JJJ, it’s made it unaffordable to build in Los Angeles anymore.”


    Waldman added: “I am frustrated that it takes study after study to tell people what common sense should tell them, that the more options you have, the cheaper it will be.”


    Leslie said her L.A. business advocacy group has not taken a position for or against the plan in L.A. City Hall to charge developers a “linkage fee” to raise money for affordable-housing projects. Most business groups are against.


    At the UCLA conference, keynote speaker Clyde Holland, CEO and chairman of Holland Partner Group, called for the public and private sectors to team up to find ways to reduce developers’ costs.


    “Current regulations are actually worsening the crisis by discouraging the production of enough housing to meet the growing demand,” Holland said.


    He said cities should increase the amount of pre-approved, “by-right” development, among other steps.

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    We're going to nip that crap in the bud. We're going to be shipping at least 30 million illegal aliens out of here, watch this congestion clear out with that. Hang on America, hope is here, it's in the White House, it's taking action and we'll be able to Breathe Free Soon.
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    30 million contributing to OUR unemployment, lost jobs, pollution, more garbage, overcrowded schools, overcrowded roads, jails, prisons. Adding to the skyrocketing healthcare costs, car insurance costs, diseases, welfare, food stamps and overcrowded schools!

    Depleting our resources, our water, our housing and our money, their lawsuits, the crime, theft, murder, gangs and rape...deport them all and bring NO more in!

    We have our own problems to deal with...not add to it!

    We must preserve our land...not plow down our beautiful farms, fields and mountains, preserve our water, our financial budgets for American citizens for now and our future!

    Breed responsibility...stop having litters of kids you cannot afford to feed...cut off the freebies!
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    Trump deportations lag behind Obama levels

    By TED HESSON
    08/08/2017 08:35 PM EDT

    The U.S. is deporting people more slowly than during the Obama administration despite President Donald Trump’s vast immigration crackdown, according to new data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    From Feb. 1 to June 30, ICE officials removed 84,473 people — a rate of roughly 16,900 people per month. If deportations continue at the same clip until the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, federal immigration officials will have removed fewer people than they did during even the slowest years of Barack Obama's presidency.


    In fiscal year 2016, ICE removed 240,255 people from the country, a rate of more than 20,000 people per month.

    In fiscal year 2012 — the peak year for deportations under Obama — the agency removed an average of roughly 34,000 people per month.

    The lower rate of deportations doesn’t mean Trump has embraced a hands-off approach to immigration enforcement. But it may mean that deportations are lagging behind arrest rates or removal orders, which by all accounts have soared since Trump took office.

    Soon after being sworn in, Trump signed an order greatly broadening the universe of people who could be targeted for deportation. In the next 100 days, immigration arrests rose by nearly 38 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.


    However, an arrest doesn’t always translate into a speedy deportation, and several factors have suppressed the removal rate.
    First, the number of people caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped precipitously under Trump, an indication that his hard-line enforcement has scared people away.

    Another factor is the immigration courts, which face a backlog of more than 610,000 cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.


    The case backlog grew exponentially during the Obama administration — partly the result of Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. — but the pileup has worsened under Trump. It has expanded by nearly 100,000 cases so far in the current fiscal year, an 18 percent increase.


    “The courts are more paralyzed than ever before,” said John Sandweg, who was acting director of ICE from 2013 to 2014.


    Sandweg partly blames the paralysis on Trump’s decision to scrap policies that required federal immigration officers to place a priority on apprehending serious criminals instead of noncriminals and lower-level offenders.


    “When you go out and you arrest a whole bunch of people willy-nilly, [the judge] has got to fill his docket time hearing those arguments,” Sandweg said.


    Still, the immigration courts, which fall under the purview of the Justice Department, could get additional help in coming months.

    The DOJ announced Tuesday that it had hired dozens of immigration judges since Trump took office to meet levels funded by Congress.

    On top of that, the president's fiscal year 2018 budget requests 75 additional judges to help clear the backlog.


    The department said it “is also reviewing internal practices, procedures, and technology in order to identify ways in which it can further enhance immigration judges’ productivity without compromising due process.”

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    Gee, JD2, another current article states that deportations were up 33% for this time period last year. To me that still peanuts, and I'll repeat, it takes more than motivation in the DOJ, it takes skill to ramp up these numbers to something meaningful. Even a 33% increase in a small number to begin with when you have 30 million people to deport ain't squat in my book.

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    Start deporting via SKYPE!

    No need for in person interviews.

    No papers, no entry, no rights...CASE CLOSED...and out they go!
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    U.S. needs to BOOT 30 MILLION illegals, refugees, asylum liars and TPS freeloaders off our soil.

    Free up our housing, our roads, our schools, our jails, our courts, our hospitals, our jobs of these breeding disease infected leeches!

    We need to preserve our land, our water, our countryside, our heritage, our values and OUR money!
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