Homelessness

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, a man stands outside his tent on Division Street in San Francisco. San Francisco voters will decide in November 2018 whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services in a city struggling with income inequality. Supporters collected enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
July 16, 2018 - 9:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services, an issue that set off a battle in another West Coast city struggling with income inequality. The city elections department verified Monday that supporters had...
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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, swears in London Breed as San Francisco's new mayor, outside City Hall, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Francisco. Breed, the first African-American female mayor of San Francisco, made history as she took the oath of office, vowing to help drug users and the homeless in a city that has come to embody extreme wealth and poverty. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)
July 11, 2018 - 7:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first black female mayor of San Francisco made history Wednesday as she took the oath of office and outlined an ambitious to-do list to make a city known for immense wealth but also homelessness more prosperous for all. In her inauguration speech, London Breed promised to...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to the media after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Seattle region is home to the two richest men in America, but while Amazon's Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and for the billions he donates through his philanthropy. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
June 30, 2018 - 5:58 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon's Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely admired for helping lead the...
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FILE - This July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Voters in a Northern California city will decide whether Google and other tech companies should help pay for the traffic headaches and other problems that have arisen as their workforces have swelled during the past decade. The city council in Mountain View, California, voted Tuesday, June 26, 2018, to place a measure on the November ballot asking residents to authorize taxing businesses between $9 and $149 per employee. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 27, 2018 - 6:40 pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Voters in Google's Silicon Valley hometown will decide whether the search engine leader and other tech companies should help pay for the traffic congestion and other headaches resulting from mushrooming workforces. The City Council in Mountain View, California, voted...
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People in favor of the repeal of a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks that was intended to combat a growing homelessness crisis hold signs that read "No Tax on Jobs" as they wait for the start of a Seattle City Council meeting, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle. Members of the Council were expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to repeal the tax. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 12, 2018 - 5:19 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a Seattle tax on large businesses aimed at combating a growing homelessness crisis (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Seattle leaders have repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after businesses fought the measure aimed at combating a growing...
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Demonstrators opposing the repeal of a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks that was intended to combat a growing homelessness crisis hold a sign that reads "Tax Amazon" as they wait for the start of a Seattle City Council meeting, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle. Members of the Council were expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to repeal the tax. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 12, 2018 - 4:27 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Angry people at a Seattle City Council meeting shouted for more time to discuss a vote Tuesday on repealing a tax on large businesses like Amazon that aimed to raise money to fight a homelessness crisis. Supporters and opponents of the tax were talking for about an hour before...
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In this May 24, 2018, photo, paid signature gatherer John Ellard, right, gives thumbs-up as two men stop to sign petitions to put on the November ballot a referendum on Seattle's head tax, in Seattle. Seattle city leaders say they'll work to repeal the tax passed just last month on businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks designed to help pay for homeless services and affordable housing. Amazon and other businesses had sharply criticized the levy, and the online retail giant even temporarily halted construction planning on a new high-rise building near its Seattle headquarters in protest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
June 11, 2018 - 7:40 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders said Monday that they plan to repeal a tax on large companies like Amazon and Starbucks as they face mounting pressure from businesses, an about-face just a month after unanimously approving the measure to help pay for efforts to combat a growing homelessness crisis...
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Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 20, 2018 - 7:36 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday he has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church, among them his chief aide for helping Rome's homeless and poor, as well as prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. "I am happy to announce...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, a worker tapes signage telling people to get vaccinated to protect themselves against Hepatitis A, onto sinks installed at the Neil Good Day Center on 17th Street downtown in San Diego. A San Diego County grand jury report faults local response to a recent hepatitis A epidemic and recommends improving lines of communication to prepare for future health emergencies. The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper says the 20-page report released Thursday, May 17, 2018, commends officials for effectively contacting at-risk residents and getting them vaccinations. (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, File)
May 17, 2018 - 7:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A grand jury report following the worst outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States in 20 years faulted the response of San Diego city and county officials on Thursday and recommended improving communications to prepare for future health emergencies. The outbreak killed 20 and...
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Members of the public look on at a Seattle City Council before the council voted to approve a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Seattle. The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker a year. It's lower than the $500-per-worker tax initially proposed. The tax would begin in 2019 and raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 15, 2018 - 2:47 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20...
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