EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - With the alarming statewide spike in homelessness that's impacted California over the past decade, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new task force to tackle the management of this crisis. The governor has also pledged $1 billion in state funding toward tackling the epidemic.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is co-chairing the governor's task force. The supervisor dropped by The Beat on 1 Wednesday to offer his insights into what's behind the startling increase in homelessness, and what we can do to help solve the problem.