Ain’t nothing changed but the time, I got get mine that’s
why I’m standing in the County Line…Coolio

For all of those folks out there that don’t care whether the presidential candidates address the issue of poverty or don’t think poverty’s a big enough issue to discuss on a national platform, there’s an interesting and timely article in the Los Angeles Times today regarding poverty in L.A. County.

Over the last year, the number of people receiving general relief checks — $221 available monthly to those struggling to make ends meet — has increased by more than 8,500, up to 70,260 from 61,715. That figure is the highest it has been since 1998, when the county sharply tightened qualifications for public assistance.

The number of county residents on Medi-Cal has grown by 100,000, up to 1.6 million from 1.5 million a year ago. Over those same months, the number of people receiving food stamps increased by 26,000 to 296,000.

But yet and still poverty isn’t an issue for either of the presidential candidates? Go figure.

You can read the entire article here.