Monday, April 29, 2019

Take Back the Streets One Ice Cream Cone at a Time

Remember Cher’s  complaint about LA not being able to deal with ‘their own homeless’ let alone the invading hordes that President Trump has threatened to deliver to their doorstep?

Well, she’s not alone: Wealthy Elitists Freak Out As Hordes Of Homeless People Take Over Their Neighborhoods All Over The West Coast.

Of course many among the elite are all in favor of doing something for the homeless, as long as they don’t have to be anywhere around them.

For example, let’s talk about what is going on in Los Angeles. No city on the west coast has a bigger problem with homelessness than L.A. does, and many in the homeless population enjoy camping out on the beautiful beaches in the L.A. area at night.

Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten says that the beach in front of his home is almost unusable because of all the needles and human poop in the sand

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Michael Munsterman from Oklahoma has been homeless in Venice, California, for six years. – It’s a nice place to be homeless.

San Francisco is not faring any better.

Up the coast in San Fransisco, some wealthy residents are fighting tooth and nail to keep a proposed homeless shelter out of their wealthy neighborhood. The following comes from CBS News

Image result for san francisco poop needles and homelessWhat? Who wouldn’t want this in their neighborhood?

Some San Francisco residents are turning to crowdfunding to raise money to fight a proposed homeless shelter in their wealthy neighborhood. As of Monday morning, the effort had raised over $80,000 of its $100,000 goal.

Calling itself “Safe Embarcadero for All,” the organizer is appealing to residents of South Beach, Rincon Hill, Bayside Village, East Cut and Mission Bay, saying the money will be directed to a legal fund to pay for efforts to fight the homeless shelter. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has sponsored legislation to fast-track the building of the Navigation Center, which would house 200 homeless people a stone’s throw from Google’s San Francisco offices and Gap’s headquarters.

They are coming slowly to the realization that there might just be a correlation between public policies and undesirable social outcomes:

We have made an uncomfortable observation on social media: Thousands of needles are scattered on city streets, most likely came the Department of Public Health’s needle exchange program.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors expects to approve a seven-year extension of the exchange program, could cost taxpayers a whopping $26 million.

Meanwhile, even further up the coast where the weather isn’t quite as pleasant:

Related imageHomeless in Seattle

Up in Seattle, neighborhood after neighborhood has been taken over by homeless encampments, and many residents are saying enough is enough

In the past two weeks, Seattle Is Dying has garnered 38,000 shares on Facebook and nearly 2 million views on YouTube. The report has clearly resonated with anxious, fearful, and increasingly angry Seattle residents. Exhausted by a decade of rising disorder and property crime—now two-and-a-half times higher than Los Angeles’s and four times higher than New York City’s—Seattle voters may have reached the point of “compassion fatigue.” According to the Seattle Times, 53 percent of Seattle voters now support a “zero-tolerance policy” on homeless encampments; 62 percent believe that the problem is getting worse because the city “wastes money by being inefficient” and “is not accountable for how the money is spent,” and that “too many resources are spent on the wrong approaches to the problem.” The city council insists that new tax revenues are necessary, including a head tax on large employers, but only 7 percent of Seattle voters think that the city is “not spending enough to really solve the problem.” For a famously progressive city, this is a remarkable shift in public opinion.

Well damn! Maybe progressives really can do learning. If so they better start cracking the books because they have a lot of catch-up to do. And a lot of human history to overcome. But it can be done. You just need to find the right kind of leader. I wonder if Clint Eastwood is still available?

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May 08, 1986: “The city’s refusal to grant a permit for an ice cream stand last year, deciding that it would consume too much water in time of drought, focused worldwide attention on the tiny tourist town.

Eastwood campaigned in part on a platform that promised to do away with the old city hierarchy’s “kill-joy mentality” in such matters. He said he fondly remembers eating ice cream on Carmel street corners as a youth and would support the licensing of new ice cream stands in the city.

“I hope to never read about the ice cream cones again,” the actor-turned-mayor said with a good-natured smile after the vote.”Clint Eastwood in the LA Times

If someone like Clint can put ice cream on the streets of Carmel maybe somebody can figure out how to take needles and the homeless off them.

As a wise man once said: “It’s blasphemy to call your city Carmel and ban ice cream sundaes.”