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California Voters May Consider Mandate To End Homelessness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An advisory council appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for California voters to consider a legally enforceable mandate to end homelessness. The recommendation Monday comes as the most populous state grapples with one of its most pressing and politically fraught problems. Newsom notably did not adopt the council’s recommendation when he outlined his own $1 billion homelessness plan to lawmakers last week. He says the proposal leaves many questions, including its cost. The group wants state lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot giving state and local governments one year to find solutions. After that, a judge could require lagging jurisdictions to do whatever it takes to end homelessness.