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Is California at a crossroads in crime and homelessness?

Is California at a crossroads in crime and homelessness?

California residents reported feeling frustrated and unsafe and in need of change after seeing both crime and homelessness rise in the state.

  • Crime rates tell a complicated story, with homicides on the rise, but burglaries at historic lows.
  • Incidents, calls for change have led public officials to announce new measures, to change their tone
  • Recent polls show voters are fed up and losing faith in leaders to address these issues.

LOS ANGELES — Ron Wyghtman has seen LA and its little corner of Venice change drastically over the decades.

The 66-year-old remembers when the city saw violent crime hit historic highs in the 1990s with gangs, murders and a crack epidemic. It has become safer. But now Wyghtman says he sees it both backtracking and heading into a new crisis.

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