Right now I am losing a friend from this compound because she does not make enough money. She claims that the rent hikes are what makes homeless.
I see the result of not having a place to live all along the river bed and perched on the over pass embankment.
The trolley provides a tour of the garbage filled tent cities, and the effort to clean them up are for naught if there is no where to live for those who have not enough money.
Some cities put the families or singles in cheap motels.
Cheap motels have a bad reputation, but when it is raining in California, one does not want to be in a tent on the flood plain.
Right in front of my high priced to be gated compound there is a station wagon parked with one side on the walk way.
Then the driver comes up with a shopping cart full of dirty junk and a bike which when his friends sit on the grass and sprawl over the sidewalk poses a safety hazard to pedestrians. I have learned to go around on the other side of the highway to get back home.
Others come into the site to rummage through our recycle bin and collect cans and bottles,
When I accosted a woman with a bike and bags of cans, she said that they were going to waste otherwise.
I reminded her that the cans and bottles were not hers.
Rules seem not to apply to homeless, and no matter how clever the hideout, as on top of the Antioch Amtrak building, anyone who pitches a tent without being in a designated campground is a trespasser.
There are services available here in this state, but are under utilized except for the mentally ill people who get put on a bus one way from other states.
We have so many homeless here because there is moderate weather, available services, and high rents.
I don’t see many homeless wishing they were in Texas, the home of Joe Paggs the California hater.
We voted to raise taxes, and fund our services and provide a budget surplus.
Some of that surplus goes to helping the unfortunate which seems to irritate the right wing nut jobs like J. Paggs. Tough.