LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council Friday is considering a motion that would enact a plan to provide housing for every transient in the city, as it continues to grapple with a housing shortage which has spiked rents and sent thousands of people into homelessness.

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The motion, introduced last month by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, says there is little evidence that anything is being done to create or improve shelters for the homeless in the city and that a true sense of emergency is needed to deal with the problem.

The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count found that 57,794 people are living on the streets of L.A. County, a 23 percent jump from the year before. Within the city of L.A., that number is more than 34,100.

The city has explored multiple options for dealing with its growing homeless population. In February, the council unanimously approved putting about 60 homeless people in trailers on a downtown lot at Arcadia and Alameda streets. The trailers, which contain bathrooms, showers and beds, are expected to cost about $2 million to build and another $1 million to operate.

However, the plan has received pushback from nearby restaurant owners, who say the high concentration of transients in the area has already hurt their business, and the trailers could make it worse.

Mayor Eric Garcetti defended it earlier this month.

“It’s not a choice of bringing homeless people to your neighborhood or not: they’re there,” Garcetti said. “You want to keep them off the street or bring them home. So from Boyle Heights, to downtown, to the Westside, to San Fernando Valley, we’re finding those allies and we’re pushing. And as mayor, I won’t accept no.”

Another proposal would convert hotels into permanent housing.

In November 2016, L.A. voters passed Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure to fund permanent housing for the homeless, but the units will take years to approve and build.

In March 2017, L.A. County voters adopted Measure H, a quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs. It is meant to generate $355 million annually for 10 years to fund a variety of programs to combat homelessness.

The motion being considered Friday seeks a number of actions from the L.A. Homeless Services Authority and from some city departments. With city assistance, the authority would be asked to provide several comprehensive reports within 14 days, including the framework for an Emergency Response Homeless Plan, outlining what steps and what funds would be required to provide an alternative to homeless encampments for 100 percent of the homeless population by the end of the year.

Peter Lynn, executive director of LAHSA, noted that since the passage of Measure H, they have seen an increase from 10 percent to 50 percent in the number of people who enter temporary shelters in the county and are transitioned into permanent supportive housing.

The homelessness crisis has plagued the entire Southland. In February, hundreds of homeless people were removed from a two-mile stretch of the Santa Ana riverbed, prompting a lawsuit from homeless advocates.

The transients who were cleared out were given motel vouchers as part of a deal worked out in federal court. But those vouchers are expiring, and Orange County and city officials have been scrambling to come up with a permanent housing solution for them.

Proposals to move the homeless to temporary locations in Laguna Niguel, Huntington Beach and Irvine have been met with large protests from local residents.

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Comments (126)
  1. We already have this failed benefit: HUD. It creates high crime communities and is torn up in less than ten years.

    1. What a great way to create more homeless. Offer free rent

      1. deguello13 says:

        “Build it and they will come.”
        Do you think perhaps a major reason you Californians are overrun with homeless might have something to do with your highest welfare payments in the country?

  2. Any new permanent homeless structures MUST be located within a 1/4 mile radius of the personal homes of Garcetti and each member of the City council or they can not be built. Watch how fast that proposal goes down in flames. Hypocrites.

    1. Ed Becker says:

      Sean Penn, Babs Streisand, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Mr. Clooney….this is your moment to shine. How many trailers would fit on your property?

      1. Don Stickney says:

        Excellent question! My guess is that they’ll never answer you.

  3. Tim Browne says:

    Awesome. How exactly do I qualify? Can I move to LA, chill for a couple days in a park or on the beach? Seems like a good gig. Better than actually paying rent. (Seriously, how stupid are these people?)

  4. Really LA? These are the people you will be giving shelter to:

    • In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.

    • A confidential California Department of Justice study reported that 78 percent of the 30,000-strong 18th Street Gang in southern California is illegal; police officers say the proportion is actually much greater. The bloody gang collaborates with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant force in California prisons, on complex drug-distribution schemes, extortion, and drive-by assassinations, and commits an assault or robbery every day in L.A. County. The gang has grown dramatically over the last two decades by recruiting recently arrived youngsters, most of them illegal, from Central America and Mexico.

    • The leadership of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos gang, which uses murder and racketeering to control the drug market around L.A.’s MacArthur Park, was about 81 percent illegal in 2012, says former assistant U.S. attorney, also states, a Mexican Mafia member and an illegal alien, controlled the gang from prison, while serving time for felonious reentry following deportation.

    • Illegal immigrant families received nearly $1.3 billion in Los Angeles County welfare money during 2015 and 2016, nearly one-​quarter of the amount spent on the county’s entire needy population, according to data obtained by Fox News.

    Democrats just want a head count, to get additional representation. Put in a new Federal law, ONLY American citizens, and Legal residents will be counted in the head count. Illegals will not count. The Democrats would drop them like a hot potato. there is no other reason for any political party to stand up for the deportation of criminals, thugs, gang members and prisoners.

    1. Have you actually bothered to watch any of the videos of the homeless tent cities in LA? They are almost all black. Seems strange to be targeting illegals when the majority of these vermin are sreggin.

  5. How awful. The mayor conflates homeless with transients. Transients are druggies and bums.

  6. Tony Konte says:

    And a FREE pony for the children

    1. Yes. Unicorns and ponies for the homeless. Progressive schemes NEVER seem to be aware of reality. Unless LA “builds a wall” (GASP!!! A WALL!!!) the homeless units they build will fill up faster than they can build them., Since the progressives emptied the mental hospitals the homeless problem has become insolvable. In NYC the Commie Mayor tried to export his homeless to upstate by paying rent on some flop houses for a year. As soon as the locals found out all hell broke loose.
      The way to end the homeless problem is to stop subsidizing it. NO WELFARE. NO FOOD STAMPS. NO FREE FLOPS. Enforce vagrancy laws – does anyone remember what those were??? Soon, the homeless will drift away to employment or families. Or maybe just go drown themselves in the lovely Pacific Ocean.

    2. Good idea. Since the homeless re defecating in the streets, the ponies can too.

  7. DISCRIMINATION! Since they like to brag about their wonderful economy, CA should go ahead and provide housing for EVERYONE.

  8. Have fun with that – I love my new state, Nevada !!

    1. Kurt Smith says:

      Just don’t make the vacuum-headed Liberal mistake of continuing (if you were) to vote lib. That’s what got your California in the mess it’s in now. This is why everybody in the red states are so scared of Californians escaping California. They bring the cancer with them!

      1. Exactly, don’t spread the stupidity !!!!

  9. If you run a police dept. in any surrounding state, you should be putting all your really problem homeless types on a bus to LA every Friday.

    If you build it, they will come!!!

  10. Mike Mora says:

    When political correctness infects the brain of a city council.

  11. the trailers amount to $50,000.00 per person. meaning to house everyone in trailers would cost
    2.9 Billion to house the CURRENT homeless population determined by their count.

    This doesn’t really seem like a serious plan.

  12. Great, Cali will now become the Official Homeless Sanctuary State and become a Magnet for all homeless from the US and Mexico.. thank you Californians, homeless and illegals will leave our state and flock to yours. You are either incredibly generous or incredibly stupid.

    1. Mexico has few homeless. This is because they do not define a legal “home” as being build to high cost code standards, making “homes” out of reach to poor people. Most of the world would be homeless if you denied them cheap shelters. In pandering to unions we have created the homeless.

      1. Yes, they should allow you to build houses out of old pallets and cardboard with dirt floors. And whats wrong with running a whole block’s electricity through a few outlets nothing can go wrong there. Why make people hook up to a sewer system when there is a perfectly good street out front you can dump your pot in.

  13. Samuel Green says:

    Proposing isn’t the same thing as actually doing. These magnanimous gestures are all fine and good until the bill to do so is realized.

    There is no easy answer nor fix to this issue. In my city a couple years back (Sarasota FL.) they thought that by removing all the park benches would imbibe the homeless from sleeping on the benches.

    These knuckleheads in local government forgot that Florida is full of the elderly and affirmed, and Florida is also hot and humid. Sometimes the elderly like to have a place to sit and take a break. When the benches were removed, they had nowhere to sit. -brilliant-

    Sarasota has the #1 best beaches in the world, and for a time our homeless policies made us the #2 meanest city in America. After the benches were removed and put back, they passed a no camping ordinance and they arrested the homeless the moment they tried to sleep.

    Both these local ordinances were revoked. But like I said, theres really no easy answer to this issue.

  14. Oh Wow, that’s so righteous. It sounds like a good deal. Make room for me, I’m flying out.

  15. Tim Lumsden says:

    Build it and they will come! Offer sanctuary to illegals and criminals, give them free housing, food, healthcare, school for their children and you will be flooded with dependents and the problem will grow exponentially.

  16. So, what’s wrong with Slab City?

  17. You subsidize something and you will get more of it. Economics 101.

  18. Aren’t you glad you live in LA…California???

  19. Keep in mind that Garcetti, who has already transformed parts of LA into a sewer and vows to enlarge the sewer, thinks he can be POTUS. I have an idea. How about a Garcetti / Warren Dem ticket in 2020? Two avowed socialists that advocate for ruining the lives of everybody that’s pulling the cart. Garcetti is just one more example that one of every three liberals is just as stupid as the other two, including Warren.

  20. And you Angelinos keep voting them in.

  21. Of course the people running the local and state government of Calif. don’t care who has to pay for it.
    And of course they won’t be required to do any work !!

  22. Luke Nash says:

    Popping corn and easing back into my Lazy Boy to watch this one unfold.

  23. Joey Smith says:

    The Government is not the solution to the problem____________________(fill in the blank).

  24. The stink of the CA cesspool gets worse with each passing day!
    Provide services and the homeless population will explode!

  25. Robert Blum says:

    Go West, my homeless, GO WEST.

  26. Glenn Jurena says:

    Anything you GIVE AWAY will attract more of them… be very very careful. Do you want even more homeless coming to LA?

  27. Chris Taylor says:

    I love it! Promise the homeless free housing and everything will be fixed. That is until other states simply tell their homeless population about this plan and they give them a one way bus ticket to LA. These liberals are completely crazy! There will be people who are not homeless but are living in poverty who may give up their housing in colder areas just to come out here for better weather. Many of the homeless are not from CA and it was some years ago that I saw a report on the news where cities were giving them tickets to other cities. The liberals out here love to vote on things until they get smashed in the mouth with tax hikes. The federal government is not going to subsidize this mess so I hope the citizens of LA get exactly what they deserve. Sooner or later the communist government will get rid of prop 13 and then you will get a taste of what you have been begging for. Someone has to pay for free housing and it won’t be those who are living there.

  28. David Bugg says:

    Well, this will certainly solve the homeless problem…. for other cities. The homeless always flock to places where services and tolerance of their “lifestyle” is encouraged and normalized, rather than discouraged and not tolerated

  29. Welcome to utopia!
    Just make everything free….yippie!

  30. Jack Riley says:

    Really? That won’t end well.

  31. Great idea. People will be able to help the homeless in their own cities by giving them bus tickets to LA

  32. Tango Victor says:

    “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” — Albert Einstein

  33. $50,000, Per Person for Housing. Not counting Anything else. Democrats have Murdered California. Democrats Destroy REAL PEOPLE. Democrats Destroy Everything and Everybody they come into Contact with. That’s just the Unvarnished Truth..

  34. Mark David says:

    The Democrat party is now the number one enemy of the American people. They should be forcibly removed from their offices and homes by law enforcement, jailed, stripped of their title and power, and forbidden from ever holding public office. Democrat headquarters and operations should be shut down. Donations confiscated and used to build the wall.

  35. This is truly the City of Angels. A sanctuary to all.Just leave enough money to build a wall.

  36. Garcetti sounds desperate to make the homeless disappear as an issue; it seems no coincidence this plan is being considered as he makes a first national appearance in Iowa.

  37. the answer to the problem will be ….Soylent Green.

  38. Half the homeless in the country, are already planning on an LA winter, next year…Please thank your elected officials, for me…

  39. Free housing is NOT the answer. I have listened to the homeless. They don’t like to be cooped up anywhere. People can attack them, use them, abuse them, etc. When they are out in the open, they can move around and not be tied down to a particular location and not be bothered by others.

  40. Favelas are coming. People are going to bail on these cities any day now. High rent, horrible traffic, hordes of unwashed, go east young man, the cities are crumbling. The government will have to print “In God We Trust” on 22 LR bullets, because that is what the “new” money will be. Plus, change the city seal of Los Angeles to a rear view of a Camry with the trunk lock punched out

  41. Maybe all the working taxpayers, to be drained dry of their earnings in order to make life nice for all the parasites, will decide they’d rather just hang out instead of putting up with a job that perhaps they don’t like. Why not? When housing is free, and ditto EBT cards, what is the incentive to get a relevant education and/or develop marketable skills? And don’t the Welfare sucks still get free Obama phones? Seriously, who needs to work? With all the free goodies the parasites will be able live quite comfortably on the taxpayers dime? A better solution to the homeless is to give them all one-way tickets to San Francisco.

  42. I’m glad I left there a long time ago. Friends tell me it’s now smellier and dirtier. Now I know why.

  43. Liberals will never get it. Handing out freebies creates more people who want freebies. It not only perpetuates the problem it makes it worse. There is a reason that since the beginning of time NO ONE has ever ended poverty, no one. Its impossible for a simple reason, when you give something away for free more people will want the same for free. Its human nature.

  44. sounds great, put the trailers in each of the council memebers neighborhoods and lets see how they feel then…

  45. Celebrity homes are quite large, with much space going to waste. They are also in ‘safe’ areas, which I’m certain the homeless will appreciate.

  46. Ethan Wayne says:

    Well, that’s one way to get people to move back to California!

  47. Tom Smith says:

    I guess Garcetti can incorporate this “brilliant” idea into his presidential campaign and make it nationwide–free housing for all homeless. It will be step up from Bill Clinton’s boast about “Housing equality for all” as he ramped up sub-prime loans and mortgage-backed securities, which ended so well in 2007. If the GOP is smart they will come up with a commercial showing the hovel and absolute dive that is LA and then say “Let Gil Garecetti do for all of America what he did for LA–70,000 homeless people can’t be wrong!” I am sure the images of tent cities on the sidewalks and filth and human waste will be a real vote getter!

  48. jbspryjbspry says:

    Looks like another perfect day
    I love LA!

  49. stpaulchuck says:

    ha ha ha ha
    can’t wait to export our homeless from the Twin Cities to Mexifornia! Thanks folks.

  50. Susan Vue says:

    Round up the homeless and give them one way 1st class tickets to Hawaii.

  51. There is a much better solution to this problem (partial solution anyways…)…

    Its called The Homeless House. Organize select homeless individuals to the purpose of renovating houses in urban centers that need repairs. 1 year apprenticeship program with job placement assistance in the construction trades upon completion. The proceeds from the sale of renovated houses funds the entire program.


  52. Thats not how you fix the problem. It will become a magnet bringing more into the area. Got to fix the drug problem, more jobs, more faith-based efforts to make them seek God.

  53. MH Thomas says:

    California is in the process of purposeful self-destruction.

  54. LA is getting punked. Other states have heard about stupid LA policy to give BUMS free housing and are sending their skanky bums here. How does that make sense? Measure H was the most stupid lie ever sold to the suckers of California.

  55. You know..just another example of the insanity of the left. Liberals in CA, if they get their way,
    would make sure all “homeless” people and illegal aliens are guaranteed a home and income.
    Isn’t that nice. What about the rest of us? You know, those of us who have to work, pay for
    insurance, pay bills, fight to stay out of debt, pay taxes…etc..etc? Anyone who has to work hard
    to keep a roof over their head has empathy for those who don’t have that, but why should those
    aforementioned groups have a guarantee of a roof over their collective heads? Illegal aliens
    should not be here, they’re illegal. They’re not immigrants, they don’t respect true immigrants
    who come into our country lawfully, they don’t respect the laws of this country, they don’t respect the citizens of this country, so why should they be rewarded with a guarantee that no working person in this country has? Those whose lives have been turned upside down by illness, un-
    employment or disaster should be helped, and deserve to be helped. They want to be independent and work. But, there’s a culture of homelessness out there composed of the
    mentally ill, and by those who just don’t want to work. We used to call them hobos. It’s simply
    a way of life. Liberalism is a mental disorder and California is shining example of that.

  56. I’m actually all for this idea. Let all the oddballs and misfits move to LA. Oh, wait, they’re already there.

  57. It’s amusing how the actual COST and revenue sources are never discussed. This entire idea is so monumentally stupid that only liberals could come up with it. Naturally, it will fail miserably.

  58. Frank Boccia says:

    I wonder how many people in voucher program turned their lives around and are now able to operate in a traditional living environment….home, job, transportation….self reliance?

  59. Sadly, the evil of progressivism, is destroying California. Then again evil always destroys itself in the end.” Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”.

  60. Tommy Lewis says:

    A trailer park in downtown LA. Perfect. This is where most democrats live anyway. Except the top 1%. Pathetic.

  61. We know the common sense solution. Socialize Housing Plenty of empty spare bedrooms in the mansions of the Florida and Tennessee (no income tax states to shelter your millions) Hollywood globalists elite and their overpaid courtesans (#Metoo is just a middle aged saggy no longer attractive to teens unemployed actress) . Just move the homeless into the the underutilized spaces. Those homes already have caretakers to maintain the properties. Its the sensible solution

  62. Maybe the price of rent could be reduced by removing demand caused by so many illegal immigrants living in L.A.

  63. Eventually, the dems will force regular, normal residents to put these vagabonds into their houses, maybe even feed them also. Of course, they will be “adequately” compensated.

  64. Since most of the transients are here illegally, or are mentally handicapped, or addicted, or all of the former. These problems all require different solutions but we’ll pick the stupidest one and the one that will only exacerbate the problems. Put all the politicians in homeless gulags and give city hall and all government buildings to the homeless might be better for all.

  65. Dan Hossley says:

    City funded free housing plus state funded free health care plus open borders….what could go wrong?

  66. Steve Hansen says:

    Just wait Los Angeles, you haven’t seen nothing yet! As the millions and millions of illegal flock to the great Sanctuary City of Los Angeles in the great Sanctuary State of California your homeless problems is going to be a total disaster. The sky rocketing costs of all of the new social service and law enforcement costs are going to totally collapse your budget and your esteemed officials will literally have to tax you back to the Stone Age to pay for all of the illegals.

  67. Wayne Fuller says:

    Will all housing come with maid service too ?, if not, look at them on the side walks and imagine the buildings. Can’t wait, this will be real good. Put some of them in Malibu for sure, they like the ocean and living next to movie and TV stars.

  68. And, PLEASE; Don’t forget the ILLEGALS as well. And while you are at it, make sure they get their coke, heroin, Crack, Meth as well. And, Last but not least, they would also need Service Girls.

  69. Steven Zore says:

    It is just the Anti-American left trying to destroy America. They know exactly what they are doing.

  70. So the plan is to create a magnet for more homeless to move to LA for free housing? So glad I don’t live in CA anymore.

  71. But even if this plan is workable (I doubt that it is) where will the money come from? Gov. Brown is spending all the state’s money on the bullet train to nowhere.

  72. J.C. Curt says:

    Move them to Malibu or put some trailers on Barbara’s estate there is plenty of room.

  73. It’s just time to admit that CA is just a garbage dump for the rest of the country. The time to do something was many decades ago when the state didn’t have a bunch of welfare recipients voting Democrat for every elected position.

  74. it dont matter what you give them, most of them will remain homeless and live on the street. that is the way they want to live and nothing will change that. you could give a bunch of them a million dollars each and they would still be homeless. that is their life, they would rather be there than in a home or apartment. you cant make them live there and they wont live there cause they have to keep it clean and they will not do that. there is no answer for the homeless!!! PERIOD

  75. Please advertise this in Alaskan newspapers so that we can send our losers down your way!

  76. I am an outsider and a very conservative Republican. I can solve LA’s homeless issues in a single stroke. By lottery pick an LA-area zip code and require that any occupancy permit in that zip be amended to require a homeless be housed in one room of that dwelling or as many bedrooms as are not being occupied by the owners, their kids or parents. Also require that drug, safety, wi-fi, food and water needs of the homeless guest are to be met by the owner. Any expenditures for such are tax deductible for those homeowners making less than $250,000. To make this fair and above-board and because I am an outsider who has no agenda in CA, I have randomly picked Zip Code 90210 as the “chosen” donor zip. Hope this helps.

  77. David Faust says:

    “If you house them, they will come.”

    Can no one in LA city government see past the end of their nose? Do you think that providing free housing to indigents might actually draw more of them in? I guess it’ll be ok. I reckon the same faery dust and leprechaun poop being used to pay LA’s bills now can be mixed with Unicorn horns and stretched to pay for the additional housing. I left San Diego in 1997, and I never looked back. Best move I ever made.

  78. Tom Antrim says:

    WOW, What an idea I bet whoever thought this up should get the Peace Prize for such a wonder Liberal idea. I’m sure those that work for a living will be proud of the fact their hard earned money is helping those that don’t work because it’s against their principals. The Republicans like it because it gives them voters.

  79. Joe Smith says:

    “LA Considers Ambitious Proposal To Provide Housing For Every Homeless Person”

    impossible task: the more free housing you build for the “homeless”, the more “homeless” you’ll get demanding free housing. Won’t be long until everyone in Mexico who wants a free house will show up in L.A. …

  80. Patrick Hope says:

    Send buses all over the country for them; they’ll be coming. No sense letting them hitchhike in the rain, risk their lives catching rides

  81. Oh yeah that will work… every single person who doesn’t want to pay a mortgage will become “homeless” to get free housing!

  82. John Earnest says:

    Do you like having a lot of homeless? Because this is the precise way you get even more. Thanks, LA, for giving homeless across the US a place to go to!

  83. Scotty Gunn says:

    I am sure they all will be registered as democrats when they get the homes.

  84. Steven Sloan says:

    Fine LA, experiment with your social justice agenda, but on YOUR dime. When you go belly up broke, don’t ask us to bail you out.

  85. This is like opening a hamburger stand where you give away all the food. In days you’ll have lines going around the block; in a month you’re feeding your whole city. Of course, only our government thinks they can give things away forever–using OUR money.

  86. Free housing, you fools, they will come in the thousands. Just keep raising those taxes.

  87. Bob Suyak says:

    Why doesn’t the dipstick liberal mayor first bring some homeless to HIS HOUSE and see how that works out? Show the compassion liberals fake all the time!

  88. I’m homeless too.
    The bank owns my house… so, really.. I am homeless.
    I need about 5,0000 square feet for the Wife, kids and dogs, and about 5 acres for the Horses…

  89. Have you read about the exodus from mexifornia? this may not be the primary reason but it must be a contributing factor.

  90. floriorules says:

    What do you think is the intelligence level, and critical thinking skill ability of the people that run Los Angeles is? They appear to be quite dense, and simple minded.

  91. “In November 2016, L.A. voters passed Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure to fund permanent housing for the homeless, but the units will take years to approve and build.”

    Did anyone really think that $1.2 billion was going to build housing? Put homeless, children or education on any proposition and it will pass. There is no accountability on where the money is spent.
    The search for taxes continues, to prop up Calpers.

  92. Mateo Adams says:

    LA needs to enact universal rent control. 1-2% increases if necessary but not $300 to $500 per years so taxpayers can stop subsidizing wealthy developers.

  93. Troy Dynes says:

    There is all sorts of available space just northeast of Santa Monica. Why don’t the homeless be relocated to that area?

  94. Steve Parker says:

    This is a GREAT idea. The homeless are a problem all over the country. The cost to cities is tremendous. If these idiot Democrats provide free housing, the rest of the country can solve their homeless problems simply by providing a bus ticket to LA with the promise they will get free housing there rather than police harassment where they are. Won-win-win. Cities have an inexpensive solution – homeless get a home – LA loons get more voters.

  95. Bob Smithers says:

    And LA builds new ghettos, that will be overrun by filthy people, destroying their free stuff, cuz it’s free stuff. LA politicians, smart like truck!

  96. Diane Weber says:

    Hooray!!!!! We’re already printing up flyers to hand out to the local vagrants sleeping in our parks, they are very excitedto about relocating to the sunshine state!