July 8 - Homelessness
The Do’s and Don’ts of Homelessness Ordinances and Policy
Homelessness is not a novelty issue for local governments, but surges in addiction have exacerbated the issue. Cities are grappling with managing the various issues homelessness brings. This webinar is aimed to discuss best practices when crafting ordinances and policies addressing homelessness. Some topics may be added or removed from this presentation.
Speakers: Gita O’Neill & Meghan Claiborne
Gita O’Neill has been with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney since 1999. She started doing criminal trials and then was appointed to be one of the fist Neighborhood Prosecutor Program which placed a prosecutor in every police division in Los Angeles. She then transitioned the Civil Nuisance Abatement Program where she filed cases against problem property owners whose properties had gang, narcotics, nuisance, and vice issues. Gita then was appointed to be the Supervising Attorney for the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program. She supervised the program as it tripled in size under the current City Attorney, Mike Feuer. Two years ago, she was promoted again to be the Director of Homeless Policies and Strategies for the City Attorney’s Office. Prior to working at the City Attorney’s Office, she worked as an associate in the civil plaintiff’s firm Girardi and Keese. Gita attended the University of Santa Clara Law School and completed her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine.
Meghan Claiborne is the Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. She works on homelessness issues as well as other matters in the City’s civil rights unit.