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The two main activities in my life: Helping the hungry in the late hours of the night and helping guitar players sound better one amp at a time.

I always try to remember that in order to do good one has to take action and actually do something.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century.

I can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylesr or on twitter at www.twitter.com/myles111us

As of late 2019 the music related links and prints noted on this page which had their links to by GAB (Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting) website are no longer accessible. I grew weary of updating my GAB website and let it go away. You can contact me on Facebook. Saunders Stewart Models continues full operation but we are not accepting new clients without a referral.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Activity statistics: February 2010 - Union Rescue Mission

The figures are in for February of 2010 and just as expected there was more going on in 2010 than went on in 2009 for the same month.

http://www.urmblog.org/2010/03/17/statistics-update-february-2010/ is the link directly to the Union Rescue Mission report but a few high points are ....

URM= Union Rescue Mission
WSP= Winter Shelters – Downtown, Glendale, Culver City, and West LA
HG= Hope Gardens Family Center

Total Dental Clinic Visits = 515
Total Legal Clinic Visits = 108
Total Mental Health/Counseling Sessions = 131
Total Medical Visits = 637

Meals served:
URM: 80,424 avg/day: 2872 12% increase
WSP: 44,094 avg/day: 1575 (2009 Data only includes 1 winter shelter)
HG: 12,600 avg/day: 450 (same)
Total: 137,118 avg/day: 4897

Nights of Shelter:
URM: 23,851 avg: 852 19% increase
WSP: 20,913 avg: 747 (2009 Data only included Downtown WS)
HG: 3,312 avg: 118
Total: 48,076 avg: 1717

The above link will direct you to the full report with a lot more information and data.  You may also click on the title of this blog entry to be redirected to the official URM website and the complete data.

The crime during a 24 hour period on Skid Row

As the population grows and the heat of the day rises the crime activity seems to increase as well. 

Yesterday the temperature hit almost 90 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.  A week or two ago the area had cold weather and rain.  The folks from Union Rescue Mission were out in force passing out cold water bottles to the people on the street.  As the temperature rises the level of discomfort and well being increases as well.  URM is out there on the street helping as many people as they are able to help using their own limited resources.  As a point of interest, the population of homeless in Los Angeles is larger than the population of Santa Barbara.  This is not a small problem.

Photos above from Andy Bales / Union Rescue Mission

As more people loose their jobs and their homes the population on the streets show an increase.  There is a group of people on the street now that is on the rise, the group of recently employed people and families who had a home only weeks ago.  As a new group of people come onto the scene the crime rises to take advantage of some of the new people that have little but still have more than the base population. 

To give people an idea of the crime around the area of Skid Row within about one mile of Union Rescue Mission (http://www.urm.org/) I will list the crimes that were responded to by the police in Central Division yesterday.  Make a mental note; this was just the crime from a single day over a 24 hour period in a small area of Skid Row.

These are the crimes, the location, date / time and case ID numbers.

Burglary 2XX S Broadway 03-15-2010 08:00:00 PM #100107801
Personal / Other Theft 5XX W 5th St 03-15-2010 04:20:00 PM #100107762
Personal / Other Theft 5th St and Broadway 03-15-2010 05:45:00 PM #100107763
Personal / Other Theft 7th and Hope 03-16-2010 04:30:00 PM #100107804
Personal / Other Theft 11th and San Pedro 03-16-2010 10:40:00 AM #101308848
Aggravated Assault 5XX San Pedro St 03-16-2010 09:30:00 AM #100107777
Aggravated Assault 7th and San Julian 03-15-2010 06:50:00 PM #100107758
Aggravated Assault 6th St and Stanford 03-16-2010 07:30:00 AM #100107770
Grand Theft Auto 7th and Towne 03-15-2010 06:00:00 PM #101308813

This was a somewhat quiet 24 hour period.   As the economy forces more people out on the street and the population of the homeless increases the problems on many fronts increase.  At this time of budget cuts any help from the city is being reduced if not eliminated altogether.  Organizations such as Union Rescue Mission, The Los Angeles Mission, The Midnight Mission and other missions need your help now more than ever.  I typically steer people who either need help or people who are in a position to give help in the form of donations or time to Union Rescue Mission as I admire their staff, the way they operate and how far they can stretch a dollar.  If you are in a position to help financially go to their website at http://urm.org/get-involved/ or if you wish to donate items such as clothes this can be done at their San Pedro address directly to their loading dock.

The problem is not getting any smaller with the increase in the numbers of homeless.  If you can become involved in almost any manner it will help those less fortunate.