↑ Via OPB’s Think Out Loud: Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have all considered declaring a state of emergency on homelessness. Some of them have actually done it. What has made the homeless crisis reach that level of emergency this year? And what does a state of emergency allow cities to do about the problem? Also, how will El Niño storms, rising sea levels, and increased drought affect West Coast cities, and their efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing? What can cities do to reduce climate change? We’ll tackle all these questions with the mayors of four major West Coast cities.