By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times February 2, 2013, 4:25 p.m.
Officials say the L.A. County count is the largest such effort in the country. Local advocates hope this year’s tally will again show a drop, down from 51,000 last time.
The glow of ice-colored lights wrapped tightly around the tree branches threw an unwelcome spotlight on the people trying to sleep. It was past midnight and many of those sitting on the Third Street Promenade’s benches buried their heads in their arms.
In her pink beanie, Mackenzie Carter and her team of counters strolled by. As she walked, Carter made a single tally mark for each person deemed homeless, then tucked her clipboard away, shielding it from sight.