Sacramento City Council Considers Declaring Emergency Shelter Crisis To Unlock Millions In State Funding
If the council approves the declaration, the city would receive about $7.7 million. Also as part of the declaration, the city would pass an administrative order that says the city can only cite people for unlawful camping when a police officer confirms that a shelter bed is available, transports the person to the bed and the person rejects the bed.
The City Could Get $7.7 Million While The County Will Get $12.7 Million.
The Sacramento City Council will vote Thursday on whether to declare an emergency shelter crisis, potentially unlocking millions of dollars in state funding as the city struggles to find shelter for its more than 1,000 homeless people. A state law, signed in June, gives Sacramento and 10 other California cities the option to declare a shelter crisis to gain access to a portion of $553 million in state funds. (Clift, 11/8)
In other news from across the state —
U.S. Department Of Justice To Investigate SLO County Jail
Amid a series of deaths, lawsuits and an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged civil rights abuses of mentally and medically ill County Jail inmates, San Luis Obispo County officials now say the U.S. Department of Justice is getting involved. ...The FBI formally launched an investigation into the county’s treatment of inmates in May 2017, a spokeswoman previously confirmed, after receiving at least one complaint related to the January 2017 death of Atascadero resident Andrew Holland. (Fountain, 11/7)
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
$120 Million Raised By San Diego's Mirum Pharmaceuticals
San Diego’s Mirum Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it has raised $120 million in venture capital funding. The newly formed biomedical company will use the money to complete development of an unsuccessful pediatric liver disease drug it has acquired and plans to revive. The orally taken drug, maralixibat, treats certain liver diseases that cause excess buildup of bile acids in the blood. This produces extreme itching, which may cause children to scratch themselves bloody and distracts them from school. (Fikes, 11/7)