4 comments on “You Call This an “Emergency”

  1. I’ve lived here 35 years now and our district has never had a supervisor motivated by anything other than money. So it’s important to let our feelings be known but I have to expect that it won’t make a difference. Before I moved here I visited for a short while and allowed myself to be fooled into thinking that a rebellious, leftist culture existed that valued the environment over gold and human rights over material bullshit. There were some people like that but wealth makes Republicans out of almost everybody and most of the good ones have either died off or moved back to city life. It’s depressing. Thanks for your efforts . Sharecropping and slumlording exist right here but it can’t last forever, can it?

  2. I recently read an article about a project Ikea was involved in, creating housing for refugees. It had won an award and while my first thought was that it was good for refugees (in whatever part of the world they might be) my second thought was that the homeless in America are refugees from an uncaring public system.
    I imagine at some time or another we have all responded with a donation to some catastrophe in some foreign country because as a country, we do care about others. But somehow it’s easier to
    care about nameless, faceless people in a foreign country and make a donation because that’s all
    we have to do. We donated, we feel better now. We’re good people.
    But the homeless in America present a constant face of need and public denial. For many, the homeless would not exist except for their own failings. I wonder how much of that categorization comes from the old Protestant work ethic that if you work hard and are godly you will prosper. Failing was considered (back then…)to be a sign of a failure to earn god’s approval. Who knows how many people unknowingly still carry that criticism around in the back of their mind…
    But if a person is to rely on Biblical guidance, then let us remember the injunction ‘judge not lest ye be judged’ and the powerful one about not casting the first stone…
    But enough rhetoric. This is about shelter. The homeless refugees in OUR midst need shelter.
    Here is what they came up with:
    http://www.bettershelter.org/product/
    http://www.archdaily.com/804247/ikeas-better-shelter-wins-design-of-the-year-2016

    The unit may not be as strong as the converted ocean container (and those are being used in various ways in other communities), but they seem more affordable and practical.
    Perhaps they could be licensed for use in the US for our own refugees?
    And if people don’t like the concept of homegrown refugees, maybe they could be called The Abandoned, for that is what they are. They have been abandoned by the very social structure that is supposed to support them.

    At what point can this become a civil rights issue? If the elected officials don’t respond to ‘human rights’, when can other laws that cover civil rights be brought in?
    There is an issue on a special election ballot for Los Angeles as to whether a quarter cent (.025) will be added to the sales tax to fund money to deal with the homeless situation. A good step forward. On the other hand, the City of LA has passed a law that people cannot sleep in their cars (or vans or motor homes) is most residential neighborhoods, near parks or schools….
    There are already a lot of cities which do not allow vehicles to be parked on city streets during early morning hours…(even by those who lived there!).
    Kind of makes me feel warm and (no, not fuzzy inside) angry.

    And remember this goes back to Gov. Reagan….he closed the state mental health system and pushed it back on the counties without giving them money to handle the work. Yes he cut state
    taxes (he also fired the air traffic controllers AND wasn’t a good actor) but at what later cost?
    No I am not saying mental institutions are the answer (I knew someone who worked at Sonoma
    for a limited period of time to save money to travel, this was back when…) but that it’s too
    important an issue to be trusted to the political barons who inherited the controls that the original robber barons who controlled California in its early years.

    • Great comment! Thank you! I’ve seen many plans for small, recycled, efficient housing that all look great. The problem is finding a place to set one up where you won’t be immediately evicted. Homeless people often build their own shelters, which the County then demolishes and evicts them from. The problem is that middle-class people won’t tolerate anyone but middle-class people around them. The middle-class is made of intolerant conformists with no brains, no balls and no hearts. The middle-class ruins everything, because they’re never satisfied and always want more, and they always want more, because deep down ,they know how empty their lives really are.

      We’ll never solve the homelessness problem until we address the middle-class crisis. The middle-class must be stopped before those spineless traitors ruin everything.

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