Skip to comments.Police Chief Uses Unique Method To Control Homeless Population
Posted on 11/16/2012 5:52:32 PM PST by null and void
NEVADA CITY (CBS13) A police chief says hes found a one-of-a-kind way to manage a growing problem in his city, and its putting the homeless on the hot seat.
A new law would give Nevada City the power to hand out permits to a small group of homeless, which would give them permission to sleep in public. While the new ordinance would give some homeless a place to stay, it would tell others, mostly the troublemakers and the criminals, to stay away.
I come down here every fall, said Bob Barton, who chooses to be homeless in Nevada City.
For Barton, the new ordinance that would essentially identify law-abiding homeless and reward them is music to his ears.
The goal is to start managing the homeless population within our city, said Chief James Wickham.
Wickham asked council members to pass a no-camping ordinance.
It just basically means you cant set up a tent. You cant live in your vehicle. You cant live in the woods in Nevada City, he said.
That is unless you have a permit.
The chief says his program is one of a kind, making only a select few of the citys homeless population an exception to the law, like William Peach.
Theres some of us out there like me who try to blend in with the community, said Peach.
However, others who come to Nevada City to commit crimes or with a criminal history wont be so lucky.
Those are the ones we really dont want in our city and that were trying to keep from camping in our city, said Wickham.
Weve seen a huge upsurge in homeless people, Teresa Mann said.
Mann, who owns a business in downtown, says its about time. And so do the homeless who stay out of trouble and want trouble to stay away.
If theyre homeless and heartless, hey, we got a place for them, said James, who is homeless. Its called county jail.
For now, the police chief will give out about six to 10 permits. Hell check back in six months to see if the program is working. If it is, thats when he says hell give out more.
Wickham says hes identified at least 60 homeless in his community, and 500 homeless countywide.
They no longer need to be alive to vote, and think of all the money we can
“we” being democrat politicians and their enablers.
Well this ought to look interesting. Bet it’s not as easy to supervise as they think.
And I won’t even comment on a man who has identified 60 homeless but will only issue 6 to 10 permits.
I have mixed feelings here. A good bunch of the unemployed are our kids, neighbors, friends too... Christian charity, of the original version, tells us we can’t turn our back on them, doesn’t it?
What a shitty deal this can be for families. I’m not talking about the freeloader, occupy, food-stamp first crowd. I’m talking about the 25 million who are out of work, and are looking for work.
What the hell to do about our brothers and sisters who have involuntarily succumbed to the marxist economy?
I’m not talking about any goobermint program here. I’m talking about local Christian compassion. I’m not sure I can side with any elected ‘official’ granting permits for the downtrodden to exist.
Yah. I’ve got a problem with this, and I ain’t no bleedin heart.
There is no homeless problem until we have a republican president
As James Taranto continually points out...
Yeah. That happened in the last Great Depression, too.
This is actually a pretty sensible way to do this, for several reasons.
To start with, groups of homeless usually self segregate, based on age, friendships and animosities. These groups self limit by size as well, as too many people in a group are harder to provide for, and make too much noise and garbage and attract the eye.
They want to camp out of the flow of traffic, where they won’t be disturbed or even observed by others. Ideally there is an ill used, low maintenance public restroom around for them to get drinking water, wash themselves and their clothes, use the toilets and dispose of their waste in bins.
During daylight hours they spend a lot of time trying to get food and clothing. Since cheap food is not often very healthy, many of the young ones try to be vegetarian when possible, so grocery store “dumpster dive” looking for discarded vegetables, fruits and breads, which can be in abundance, often still on individual racks, because grocery stores often discard huge amounts of still good but no longer premium produce and bread. For example, a rack of 10 pounds of strawberries because half a dozen of them with mold, so they pitch the whole rack.
Will there be a new shiny office of Homeless Permits, with a lifelong bureaucrat with a cushy retirement awaiting him? How about take that money and help the actual homeless?
If there are families, mentally ill and others that can't work, where's their Obama stuff? Not that I'm for Obama’s huge entitlement spending, but he's spending it, so why isn't he actually helping the people most in need? Nobody needs a free phone, welfare and HUD housing when they can work, yet it seems those truly in need are homeless, while those perfectly capable are standing in line for their free stuff. Even before the Depression, my Great grandmother's husband walked out on her. She sold everything they had and bought a smaller house and arranged the rooms so that she could rent them out, cook and do the laundry of her borders. She did this to survive on her own. When she passed away she left three homes to her children that they remodeled into single family homes after the Depression. She didn't get a free phone, welfare or Obamacare. Her borders needed her as much as she needed them. And she didn't leave her family a legacy of dependency but one of look how I was abandoned and ended up owning three houses!
When I was a veteran’s representative at an Iowa unemployment office we would bus the homeless (one-way) to places like Miami and Phoenix. We had a lot of homeless because we were at the intersection of I35 and I80.
You have to have a permit to be homeless. Just tattoo the permit number on their forearms.
Hasn't Rush called the homeless urban outdoorsmen?
So if you cannot pay the permit application fee, does this mean you go to jail to live off the county?
So you won’t be “homeless” after they run out of permits in Nevada County? What a great way to drive homelessness down. Each year simply issue less permits than the year before. In a few short years — POOF! — no more homeless bums.
Reminds me of Obama energy policy. Simply dream of windmills, solar panels, and EVs, spread $100 billion around to your cronies and — POOF! — magically new markets appear employing hundreds of thousands of people.
Liberals are brain-dead.
Thank you. It’s nice to have intelligent conversation (on FR, or anywhere, these days).
How long before they start issuing permits to the non-homeless allowing them to live in a community?
Oh, we’re there.
I just got my property tax notice, $400 higher than last year. It’s not like I don’t have to buy my way back in to the community, every year...
Oh, and my dogs, and trucks, and ...
Damn, isn’t it nice to be accepted in your community? Yeesh. I’m not too sure I can afford such acceptance.
First of all, who are these homeless? Retired folks who don’t want the responsibility of a home or apartment? People who get drunk from begging on the street? If youngsters are homeless, they should live with relatives and put up with it. Anyone concerned about the homeless should mingle among them; figure out who really needs help and then contact the salvation army or a local church or just gather money from your paycheck with some more from friends and family to help them.
What ever happened to vagrancy laws?
Absolutely... then kick the rest to the gallows: those who have no family left (oh, like, say me), those who have no one to turn to.
If you are fortunate to have an extended family to support you, well, God bless you.
Just perhaps, sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you didn’t expect. (That isn’t a typo.)
If your job went tits up 9 months ago, would you be pushing the same “help me, Salvation Army, my church, my, um, help me?...” line?
No, get in line, no, that line.
And you will.
Apparently, this city has been inundated with criminal activity from migrating homeless transients every year. The article doesn’t mention age. I’m not against the authority’s attempt to rid their town of the criminal element, but I share your concerns for those caught in the Marxist’s unconscionable economy.
You know the “authority” will find no distinction.
Some are born hobos and like it. Others have vagabondage thrust upon them. Of these the “one paycheck away from the streets” guy or family is rare, and if they do exist they don’t stay hobos for long. Because normal people avoid it like death.
Most are alcoholics, junkies, and crazies whom we support in their crapulence.
By the way, the only difference between gubmint and private charity, aside from the latter being voluntary, is scale. This form of private charity is deleterious for the same reason are all Poor Laws: it creates more poverty.
Wanna know why? Read Malthus.
I could be wrong, but I garnered from the article that the sheriff planned to run background checks for criminal records.
Seemed to me like the town had a returning group of the same homeless transients each year.
I can’t imagine why. The weather in that area isn’t warm!
My parish helps those in need.
This effort will be overrun, sadly.
Maybe if you think, real hard, you can come up with a reason. It might have something to do with the economy being torpedoed by marxists... or perhaps you have a better explanation based on slackers?
Okay, the slackers are the problem.
Now then, what do we do about the persons actually looking for a job, you know, work.
No FReekin subtleties here... those, I will assist.
I understand the charitable instinct. It seems good, and on a person to person level and in particular cases it might be a positively good thing. But we’re talking about the Homeless Problem, here, not your personal giving or not giving. Concerning the extended economic order as a whole charity is damaging. It always, always, always created mire poverty than it started out with. Because it encourages people at the margins to qualify fir derbies instead of struggling on their own.
This is a universal phenomenon. Like I said, the only thing that makes government welfare worse is its scale. Private charity has the advantage of only encouraging so much poverty.
That’s freebies, not derbies.
If they have outstanding warrants, lock em up!
If they don’t, buy them and their family dinner.
It’s the thing to do. All homeless aren’t bottom feeders.
We’re living an Alfred Hitchcock movie now.
Lord bless and save us all.
Are you telling us that Christian charity, in our local parish, encourages poverty?
Okay, I'd best throw our outgrown clothing, and excess food in the dumpster, rather than sending it to St Vincent's... rather than encourage these homeless parasites.
I only hope y'all can take a moment to understand that there are a few of the newly found homeless who aren't parasites. These folks being the futureless, the newly unemployed - up to this point - hard workers. You know, Obama's newly potential bitches.
Probably not as cold-hearted as you seem to be presuming (if I read your post right). From the article: I come down here every fall, said Bob Barton, who chooses to be homeless in Nevada City.
A number of "homeless" are that way by decision and seem to have the means to travel to their "vacation" spots. Catering to them is akin to Zero running Spanish ads in Mexico explaining how illegals can come into our country and get on food stamps...
Ten years ago my house was a crash pad for a bunch of homeless.
Been there done that. And the stories posted on the old Freoples/Dimensional Door threads are legendary...
Under this regime?
It means you will be resettled in the air.
5 years for me. Know anyone looking for a really sharp wafer fab engineer?
I lived for 12 years just south of Nevada City. I had clients in Nevada City.
They will be allowed to ‘sleep in public’.....
Nevada City is a big tourist place, but a very small town. Main street is the biggest tourist attraction. If these people start sleeping on the sidewalks in front of those businesses, thie businesses owners won’t be happy.
If they drift off away from Main Street, then they will be on PRIVATE PROPERTY. There are lots of retired people in Nevada City. They won’t be comfortable with homeless people sleeping on their sidewalks, or trying to get into garages, etc. Where are they going to have bathroom priviledges? This won’t end well, IMO.
In the winter-—which is already knocking on the door in Nevada City, I have seen one snowfall bring as much as 2-3 feet of snow & paralyze the town. It looked spectacular, but it took 5 days to get all the streets open. Streets are narrow & the town dates back to the 1849 Gold Rush days.
This will not solve the problems, IMO. But I do like the fact that the authorities are doing criminal background checks. Those who know they will get caught in that net will just continue to camp in the woods.
In N San Juan, north of Nevada City, the pot growers have completely taken over that part of the Tahoe National Forest. You cannot ride horseback or hike there any more. You will get shot at. Even the Sheriff of nevada County won’t send deputies into N San Juan.
How long before some jerk-water legal group sues the city for discrimination?