by Lou Binninger
The tension over what to do with the “homeless” aka vagrants, addicts, hustlers and mentally ill has nothing to do with loving and helping people who have lost their way. The federal judge ruling that towns and counties must provide one more location for squatters is a liberal potentate not someone that bases a ruling on law.
These renegade jurists are creating a back door to socialism by exempting criminals and rebels from obeying the law. Responsible hard-working citizens have their earnings forcefully taken to provide cash aid, food, and housing to those that reject rehabilitation and the values of their abused benefactors.
Legal activists like California Rural Legal Assistance attorney Ilene Jacobs, threaten the finances of taxpayers but are unlikely to take a “victim” into their own home for reformation. Jacobs declined the opportunity to put her home where her mouth was in the late 80’s when offered a personal challenge as she threatened to sue the Salvation Army to get federal funds for her “victims.”
Most communities have a multitude of resources - rescue missions, clean and sober homes, drug and alcohol rehabs, shelters, church food pantries and work programs. However, if troubled people refuse existing opportunities then loony judges force the jurisdiction to provide another resource at taxpayers’ expense. This is asinine and should be rejected by community boards and councils.
Look at what happened in Orange County. About 1,000 campers were evicted from along the Santa Ana River after a 10-year legal battle. The negotiated resettlement reached by U.S. Judge David O. Carter, social justice attorneys and the county forced the county to pay for almost 500 motel rooms for the former campers. Those rooms will never be the same.
Attorneys claimed campers had a “civil right” to squat on non-private property. Now, where will the nonconforming campers go to squat and sue? Is anyone asking about the squatter’s civil responsibility to behave?
The victorious “model citizens” forgot to clean-up after themselves in Orange County (OC) so Public Works (OCPW) spent three months on the detail. OCPW reported that in the first month workers removed 5,279 pounds of human waste, 404 tons of garbage and 13,950 used needles.
Health officials declared the area so toxic that the top 3 inches of two miles of bike trail along the river from Santa Ana to Anaheim needed to be removed and burned. The county will use asphalt slurry to seal all bike paths along the river’s edge.
Allowing this lawbreaking and the resulting health crisis is turning communities into Third World Countries health-wise. The Hepatitis A epidemic that started in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz camps has spread statewide now infecting 350 new people and killing 11 each week.
This is social policy Venezuela-style. Socialism converted the most prosperous nation in South America to citizens dining on rats. The average person there has lost 19 pounds.
An NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The effort revealed trash littered across every block. Forty-one blocks were littered with 100 needles and 96 blocks had 300 piles of feces.
“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. Riley explains that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children. Hepatitis A is also spread by human feces.
Riley, author of the book ‘Slum Health,’ believes areas of San Francisco are filthier than many developing countries. Poor does not have to equal gross polluter. It takes a twisted thinker to excrete where you eat.
Mohammed Nuru, Director of San Francisco Public Works, says cleaning human feces, trash, and needles from the city's sidewalks costs his department about $30 million each year. A single pile of human feces takes at least 30 minutes for one of his staffers to clean. “The steamer has to come. He has to park the steamer. He's got to come out with his steamer, disinfect, steam clean, roll up and go.”
Other infectious disease outbreaks are starting in homeless camps. They include new strains of tuberculosis that emerged in Northern California; a deadly new strain of streptococcus that killed three street people in Anchorage; and a shigella food borne illness that causes bloody diarrhea, began in Portland.
The government kabuki dance around “the homeless” purposely ignores the liberal welfare state that created the problem and the resulting homeless industry in the first place. Now, a delusional judge rules that taxpayers must accommodate the waste.