AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The debate over how to address the nation’s largest homeless population is expected to be discussed at today’s board meeting. Antonovich said the plan would take $80 million out of the county’s capital-projects surplus, funds that could be spent reopening the Sybil Brand Institute to help reduce overcrowding and tensions in the jail system. “The sheriff talks about not having enough bed space, but now that we’re going to put money in the jails, the liberal (supervisors) hijack those funds,” Antonovich said. Antonovich also said the plan doesn’t say where the centers will be located. “Wherever you locate these facilities, you need to work with the community in developing public-private partnerships before you grant approval,” Antonovich said. Andy Bales, president of the Union Rescue Mission where a disoriented 64-year-old woman wearing only a hospital gown and socks was found last week, said the plan is going to be tough for the county to pull off because of residents’ protests. “I believe the county is trying to do the right thing and neighborhoods should certainly expect well-managed programs that give their brothers, sisters, uncles and families who have hit upon hard times a chance at life,” Bales said. Supervisor Don Knabe said the plan is a “decent program” but that the board needs to carefully evaluate how the money is going to be spent. “We all understand that homelessness is a regional problem that needs a regional solution and not just a concentration of services on Skid Row,” Knabe said. Molina said the public needs to understand that 45 percent of the county’s nearly 90,000 homeless live outside downtown Los Angeles. “There are many folks who don’t understand that they already have a problem in their backyard,” Molina said. “There are going to be those who are opposed to these stabilization centers. But we’ve already got cities like Pomona that have called and said they are interested in locating one in their city.” Under the plan, a “stabilization center” would be located in each of the five supervisorial districts. The centers would be used by law enforcement officers as an alternative to arresting homeless people who commit minor offenses. The centers would also be used for jail inmates and people discharged from hospitals who have nowhere else to go. San Fernando Mayor Nury Martinez said she supports placing a center in the San Fernando Valley and would like to see a public dialogue on proposed solutions. “I think we need to open up our hearts and minds to those in need,” Martinez said. “We all saw what happened last week when that lady was dropped off on Skid Row. That is the reality of what happens to thousands of people who are homeless who just get dropped off downtown.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A controversy has erupted among Los Angeles County supervisors over a $100 million plan to address the county’s homelessness problem by opening five regional stabilization centers. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich says the plan will merely relocate Skid Row’s problems countywide. But Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina say the regional stabilization centers are not homeless shelters, but rather places where the homeless can stay temporarily. They say the centers would be staffed with mental health and substance-abuse experts and social workers who would deal with individuals’ problems and help them find housing, jobs and other services.