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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

Pacific Palisades neighbors fight homelessness with their pocketbooks

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Last year, a group of neighbors, frustrated with Pacific Palisades’ growing homeless population and the city’s lack of action, set up a GoFundMe page, raised $125,000, and brought in Sherman and a fellow outreach worker to try to take on the homeless problem themselves.

“The community as a whole, some of them compassionately want to help the homeless, and possibly some of them just don’t want to see the homeless here on the streets,” Sherman said.

Either way, Maryam Zar, outgoing chair of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and a longtime PIN source, said, the community realized it was time to do something other than their usual reaction: calling in the fire department or the police department to search out people living on the beach, in the cliffs, and scattered in parks.

A Murder in Montrose: The Paul Broussard Legacy

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Twenty-five years ago, Paul Broussard, a 27-year-old gay man, was murdered on the streets of Houston. We wanted to hear from Houstonians about what they remember about that event in Houston’s history and with permission used quotes from PIN sources on …