California Leftist Politicians Should Be Ashamed.

California leftist politicians should be ashamed of themselves.

http://www.latimes.com/7e5dc395-a89f-43b5-9a33-9e70872a7c70

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-without-a-home-sg-2018-storygallery.html

 

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez roams greater L.A. with Times photographer Francine Orr and videographer Albert Lee and describes a scene of despair among the homeless.

  

They’re part of the Los Angeles streetscape, as familiar as the swaying palm trees and idling traffic, living under freeways, alongside riverbeds and on canyon hillsides. The mentally ill, the drug addicts, the economically disadvantaged, many with their life belongings in a backpack or shopping cart. In this ongoing series, Without a Home, The Times is examining the crisis of homelessness in our region.

Treating and housing the mentally ill is harder than jailing them. But it might actually work
Treating and housing the mentally ill is harder than jailing them. But it might actually work

Making jails the centerpiece of mental health treatment is a monumental betrayal of our claim to a humane and civilized society.

Don't let NIMBYs — or weak-kneed politicians — stand in the way of homeless housing
Don’t let NIMBYs — or weak-kneed politicians — stand in the way of homeless housing

Permanent supportive housing is our best bet for getting homeless people permanently off the streets.

The homeless in L.A. are not who you think they are
The homeless in L.A. are not who you think they are

High rents, few vacancies, stagnant incomes and a patchy government safety net — this is why Los Angeles is the facing an unprecedented homeless crisis.

Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is a national disgrace
Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is a national disgrace

It is neither desirable nor morally acceptable to blithely tolerate a level of destitution more commonly associated with Calcutta or Sao Paolo.

L.A. considers cutting through red tape to get homeless people housed faster
L.A. considers cutting through red tape to get homeless people housed faster

Two proposals would eliminate some hurdles for permanent supportive housing projects and make it easier to temporarily convert motels into homeless housing. But some critics say the supportive housing measure goes too far, depriving residents of a chance to voice concerns about projects.

A plan to house L.A.'s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city
A plan to house L.A.’s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city

A plan to make city property available for homeless housing projects is now focused almost entirely on about 120 public parking lots, most acquired by the city in the 1950s and 1960s to spur suburban commercial development. The conversions will require both architectural and political ingenuity.

Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses
Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses

Many arrests are for unpaid tickets, a Times analysis finds. Police say arrests are a necessary tool, while homeless advocates see a revolving door of debt and jail stays.

L.A.'s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here's why the crisis has been decades in the making
L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making

A succession of mayors have tried different fixes since homelessness emerged as a crisis in the 1980s, but if the problem continues to climb at current rates, it will swamp even the best efforts.

L.A. homeless crisis grows despite political promises, many speeches and millions of dollars. How do we fix this?
L.A. homeless crisis grows despite political promises, many speeches and millions of dollars. How do we fix this?

Voters have approved billions of dollars to build housing and provide services. But so far, the impact on the streets has been negligible.

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So sorry if this is too sad for you… I’ve posted many articles from OC Register about Homelessness in OC and the Santa Ana River all cleared out….
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Without a Home: Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez roams greater L.A. with Times photographer Francine Orr and videographer Albert Lee and describes a scene of despair among the homeless.
They’re part of the Los Angeles streetscape, as familiar as the swaying palm trees and idling traffic, living under freeways, alongside riverbeds and on canyon hillsides. The mentally ill, the drug addicts, the economically disadvantaged, many with their life belongings in a backpack or shopping cart. In this ongoing series, Without a Home, The Times is examining the crisis of homelessness in our region.
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California Leftist Politicians

California Leftist Politicians Should Learn From Orange County.

Santa Ana River homeless encampment’s last residents move out

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Orange County’s largest homeless encampment is no more.

On Monday, following a six-day blitz during which county officials moved 732 homeless people into local motels and shelters, the once-bustling tent encampment sat unoccupied. The last few occupants packed their belongings and left. Sheriff’s deputies guarded locked gates to the flood control channel, preventing people from reentering.

  • The few remaining homeless people living on the Santa Ana River Trail in are packing up Anaheim on Monday, Feb 26, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The few remaining homeless people living on the Santa Ana River Trail in are packing up Anaheim on Monday, Feb 26, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“This is a momentous occasion,” said Brooke Weitzman, an attorney who sued Orange County on behalf of seven homeless people, alleging the county’s initial attempts to clear the riverbed encampment in January violated her clients’ civil rights. She and the county later negotiated a stipulation, under pressure from a federal judge, allowing the county to resume clearing the encampment if it relocated its occupants to motels and other shelters.

“We have hundreds of people who would have been scattered in neighborhoods or arrested, now inside for the first time in years and connected to social services,” Weitzman said.

But getting people out of the riverbed is only phase one of the plan, she reminded.

The motel stays are essentially a stopgap fix to give the county time to expand its capacity at local shelters.

County spokeswoman Jen Nentwig said the county already has increased capacity at the Bridges at Kraemer Place homeless shelter in Anaheim, adding beds for an additional 65 people. County supervisors have discussed placing tents or semi-permanent structures on county land in Orange or Santa Ana to temporarily house more people.

County officials also agreed to clinically assess all of the former riverbed inhabitants.

“The OC Health Care Agency outreach folks will go and visit each of the individuals and conduct the assessment, and then go from there as far as identifying the most appropriate resources for each person,” Nentwig said.

Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Andrew Do said they were proud of the county and its staff for working quickly – and long hours – over the past week to find enough shelter for all the riverbed inhabitants and get them relocated.

Toppled tents and piles of debris still littered the riverbed Monday, and public works crews moved methodically through the area, clearing the trash. It will likely take another week until that process is finished and the remediation project can begin.

Sheriff’s deputies will begin enforcing trespassing laws in the riverbed and can cite or arrest anyone who re-enters the area.

Around 15 homeless people gathered outside a locked gate on Monday morning, among the last people to leave the encampment.

One woman was waiting on county staff to provide her with a bus ticket back to West Virginia. One man said he had lung cancer and was awaiting transport to recuperative care to receive medical treatment. Another man who had been found in the encampment on Monday morning – perhaps the final occupant of the tent city – lay slumped against a wall in tatters, head down, twitching uncontrollably.

John Leonard, 65, said he had been living in the riverbed for a quarter-century and wished he didn’t have to leave.

Leonard said he returned to get some of his clothes, which he left behind when county workers moved him into a motel a few days prior. He said he’s thankful for the help but he’s still getting used to living inside after nearly half a lifetime outdoors.

“It’s different,” Leonard said. “Four walls. It’s nice, but I might give it all up to come back out here.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/26/santa-ana-river-homeless-encampments-last-residents-move-out/