There was one factor which would slant the observation. Last year it was not raining. This year record rain had fallen in Los Angeles over the last week. It had been dry on Christmas but Christmas night the rain started once again. I have decent rain gear so I headed downtown about the time the rain started coming down heavy.
I headed for car area 1A29. This area has boundaries to the freeway on the North, 7th street to the South, San Pedro St. to the West and the river wash to the East. This area is broken down into maybe a dozen areas the LAPD refers to as basic car areas.
We talked for a few minutes. He said there were people in the area even on Christmas. I left him with two bars. He did not want a meal card. He was aware of URM and said he eats there at times and also frequents the Fred Jordan Mission. We wished each other a Merry Christmas and both expressed hope that 2011 would be better than 2010.
The number may have been higher if it were not raining.