Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Royal visit to LA may highlight plight of underprivileged

The LA media can not get enough of the upcoming visit to California by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is actually a fascinating itinerary. The expected red carpet galas will focus on business and promoting young British talent. Perhaps more interesting is a scheduled visit to LA's Skid Row, the city's homeless enclave. They will also attend a 'job fair' for veterans. Skid Row is more than a row. It is akin to a moderately sized neighborhood comprising 50 square blocks. I have spent some time there recently and will be reporting on the plight of LA's homeless veterans for a Radio 4 documentary next month. To the "shame" of many, some US war heroes are living in squalor. Others are barely living at all.