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  • Question about the virus

    05/25/2020 2:42:43 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 77 replies
    5/25/20 | Kartographer
    I asked this question on a thread, but I like to pose it to FR as a whole: WHY with the crowded sleeping next to one another, often sharing food no mask, no social distancing, washing hands is to laugh there is little more than third world sanitary conditions and facilities in these camps. There is rampant drug and alcohol abuse. There is certainly no proper diet, most are in general poor health already. In fact they are living in the exact opposite conditions of those we are being told are required to control the spread of the virus. So...
  • Some fear order to move L.A.’s homeless from freeways could endanger health, lead to confrontations

    05/20/2020 7:02:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ktla ^ | 05/20/2020
    In the order issued last week, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter called for the relocation of up to 7,000 people living near overpasses, off-ramps and on-ramps, saying they face severe health risks from tailpipe emissions and car crashes. If carried out, it would mark a major shift in policy in a city and county that have seen a record number of people living in tents and makeshift shelters in recent years. Following a series of court rulings and legal settlements, efforts to clear encampments from sidewalks and other public spaces have been heavily restricted.
  • California leased 15,000 hotel rooms to help homeless people. Half now sit empty

    05/19/2020 11:23:47 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 19, 2020 | Doug Smith
    Only about half of the 15,000 hotel and motel rooms that California has leased for mostly homeless people to slow the spread of the coronavirus are now occupied, a review of state records by The Times shows. More than a month into Gov. Gavin Newsom’s program to get homeless people off the streets, the occupied rooms account for — at most — less than 5% of the 151,000 people who sleep on street corners, under bridges and in emergency shelters across California. The actual number of rooms leased for homeless people in the statewide program known as Project Roomkey could...
  • America’s Havana - Thousands say ciao to San Francisco.

    05/12/2020 11:11:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2020 | Michael Gibson
    n January 8, London Breed, San Francisco’s mayor, was sworn in for her first full term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi congratulated her in a tweet, saying, “I look forward to working with you to continue San Francisco’s proud tradition of standing as a guiding light for progress across America.” I don’t know what definition of “progress” Pelosi is using, but any candid observer would rate the city a catastrophe. Mayor Breed was inaugurated on the same day that I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, after ten years working at the cutting edge of science and technology. Even before...
  • Free Booze, Pot, and Smokes for San Francisco’s Homeless. A new city program tries to make quarantine comfortable—for some.

    05/12/2020 7:38:24 AM PDT · by karpov · 32 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 11, 2020 | Erica Sandberg
    San Francisco officials deny direct involvement in a controversial program, funded by private sources, that provides free alcohol, cannabis, and cigarettes to homeless people living in the city’s hotels during the Covid-19 outbreak. After news about the special deliveries was leaked and caused embarrassment on social media, the city’s Department of Public Health issued a statement claiming that “rumors that guests of San Francisco’s alternative housing program are receiving taxpayer-funded deliveries of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco are false.” Except they’re not false. DPH, which administers and oversees the program, is staffed by city workers, including doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social...
  • Locals sue San Francisco after homeless camps make life ‘insufferable’

    05/11/2020 9:27:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/11/2020 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A San Francisco law school, business owners and local residents are suing the city to force it to clean up the Tenderloin neighborhood — alleging an almost 300 percent spike in homeless shanty towns, drug dealing and feces-covered sidewalks have made conditions “insufferable.” The lawsuit, filed in federal court May 4 by a group of plaintiffs led by the University of California Hastings College of the Law, seeks a court order to stop the city from using the neighborhood as a “containment zone” for homeless encampments. “Open-air drug sales and other criminal activity, plus crowds of drug users and sidewalk-blocking...
  • San Francisco neighborhood sues over 300 percent jump of homeless sidewalk tents during coronavirus outbreak

    05/10/2020 10:17:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10 2020 | Danielle Wallace
    San Francisco is being sued by a law school and residents and businesses in the inner-city Tenderloin District who argue sidewalks are “unsanitary, unsafe, and often impassable" as homeless people crowd streets amid the coronavirus pandemic. The number of tents and makeshift structures in the Tenderloin has tripled since January, as homeless shelters are forced to operate at low capacity in order to enforce stringent social distancing requirements, reports say. The federal lawsuit, filed last week in part by the University of California Hastings College of Law, does not seek financial damages but instead demands the city clean up streets...
  • San Francisco gives drugs, alcohol to homeless addicts in hotels during coronavirus, sparking debate

    05/08/2020 3:20:53 PM PDT · by justme4now · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/7/2020 | Frank Miles
    Controversy is ensuing in San Francisco after the city decided to give alcohol, marijuana, and methadone to homeless addicts in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Last Friday a man who describes himself on Twitter as “Formerly homeless addict in #recovery advocating for the #truth about homelessness and drug addiction. Faith, Hope and Love. SF Native. Tweets are my own.” tweeted to the city. He wrote: “I just found out that homeless placed in hotels in SF are being delivered Alcohol, Weed and Methadone because they identified as an addict/alcoholic for FREE. You're supposed to be offering...
  • San Francisco faces backlash as it delivers alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana to 43 homeless addicts who have tested positive for coronavirus and are recovering in city-leased hotels so they do not leave to hunt for a fix and spread the virus

    05/07/2020 5:40:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 7, 2020 | Megan Sheets
    Dr Grant Colfax, San Francisco's public health director, said the harm-reduction approach is widespread and based on decades of sound public health policy. 'Our focus needs to be on supporting them,' he said of the people who are isolating or under quarantine. For people experiencing alcohol withdrawal, the Department of Public Health calculates the minimum amount needed and delivers them with meals.
  • State Supreme Court: Victims of Homeless Criminals May Sue Those Who Enable Homelessness

    05/06/2020 11:06:04 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 14 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | May 6, 2020
    State Supreme Court: Victims of Homeless Criminals May Sue Those Who Enable Homelessness By Court House News @ 5:49 PM :: 214 Views :: Homelessness Public Nuisance Court House News, May 6, 2020 HONOLULU — In the case of a bar owner who was assaulted by a homeless man illegally living in a nearby storage unit, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled, May 5, 2020, that plaintiffs can recover damages in public nuisance suits if they have suffered individualized harm. PDF: Hawaii State Supreme Court Ruling (Editor's Note: This may change the financial dynamic of the homelessness industry. Now, instead of...
  • South L.A. pastor who advocated for homeless arrested outside Mayor Garcetti’s house on suspicion of stalking

    05/01/2020 6:35:50 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 7 replies
    KTLA ^ | Apr 30, 2020 | El Segundo times
    A South Los Angeles pastor was arrested Tuesday outside the home of Mayor Eric Garcetti on suspicion of felony stalking after several days of demonstrating on the Windsor Square block.
  • Shoreline (WA) COVID-19 quarantine site buying beer, cigarettes for patients

    04/30/2020 1:48:58 PM PDT · by llevrok · 10 replies ^ | 4/27/2020 | Dori Monson
    A pair of tents housing coronavirus patients in Shoreline. (Chris Sullivan, KIRO Radio) Your tax dollars at work! As hundreds of thousands of people are newly unemployed in our region, you should know that your dwindling family budget is buying beer and cigarettes for patients at the Shoreline COVID-19 quarantine site. Dori: Ridiculous government ‘work’ continues during shutdown I got a tip Thursday from a nurse: The ‘patients’ are suspected or confirmed COVID positive homeless people awaiting test results or waiting out their quarantine periods. There is room for 140 patients with approximately 25 in house/tent now… they are GIVING...
  • Governor Cuomo And Mayor De Blasio Agree: Subway Homeless Must Go

    04/28/2020 7:10:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 4/28/20 | Stephen Nessen
    Thousands of homeless New Yorkers have continued to seek shelter in the city’s subways, avoiding an overwhelmed and crowded shelter system that poses its own dangers during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the presence of the homeless in the subways, but they offered little in the way of solutions to the problem. Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for the MTA to close ten subway stations so NYPD and homeless outreach workers can help get the homeless into shelters, and so the MTA can clean the stations thoroughly. “We'll devote...
  • A homeless guy opened my car door (Vanity)...

    04/25/2020 5:33:55 PM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 52 replies
    April 25, 2020 | Self
    I parked my car very close to a bus stop... A homeless guy was sitting on the bus bench. I was about to get out of my car. Suddenly the homeless guy came to my car. He opened the door for my rear seats. He asked me to drive him somewhere. I became very upset and asked him what he was doing. He then closed the car door and walked away... I immediately drove away and parked somewhere else... Be careful out there... Especially ladies... This happened in Hollywood area... There are many homeless people in that area...
  • Beneath the Sickened City (Homeless in NYC Subway System)

    04/22/2020 11:47:54 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04 22 2020 | MAURICE TAMMAN
    A Reuters reporter and photographer spent several hours traveling under the city to talk to those with nowhere else to go. Afraid of the coronavirus in the shelters, many are sleeping on ghost trains and on platforms abandoned by almost everyone else during the lockdown. The lights still scream for attention, but on this night Times Square has the feel of an abandoned Hollywood film set. Gone are the hordes of tourists shooting selfies with Elmo and Wonder Woman. Instead, a lone SUV glides by and a passenger’s phone glows as she records the scene from the safety of the...
  • Shocking Report Shows Half The Homeless At Boston Shelter Tested Positive For COVID-19: And None Had Symptoms

    04/19/2020 5:15:28 AM PDT · by blam · 73 replies
    Nation And State ^ | 4-19-2020
    Researchers and clinicians who have ‘experimented’ with random mass testing for COVID-19 have made some pretty amazing – and amazingly depressing – discoveries. Yesterday, we shared a report about one sweeping antibody testing regime set up by researchers in Santa Clara County in California. The study found that the estimated level of novel coronavirus penetration in the county was “50-80% higher” than what had been recorded. If that isn’t enough to terrify every day trader who ratcheted up their exposure heading into the weekend, a news story about another surprising discovery – this time on the East Coast – has...
  • 8,250 SF hotel rooms to be secured for homeless, others amid stay-at-home order

    04/15/2020 4:43:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2020 | by Bay City News Service
    San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an emergency ordinance requiring the city to secure at least 8,250 hotel rooms for three affected groups amid the stay-at-home order, with 7,000 reserved for the city's homeless. In addition to the 7,000 rooms for shielding the city's homeless residents from the coronavirus, the city would provide 500 rooms for discharged hospital patients and 750 for frontline workers. Also, the rooms must be acquired by April 26, according to the ordinance. The city has maintained it will only provide hotel rooms for homeless people in the shelter system and for single-room-occupancy...
  • Massive effort to get Los Angeles homeless into hotels

    04/08/2020 7:45:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2020 | By CHRISTOPHER WEBER
    LOS ANGELES - To curb the coronavirus spread, Los Angeles has embarked on a massive effort to bring thousands of homeless people off the streets and into hotels to protect them and others from infection. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that money from the federal government would help pay for at least 15,000 hotel rooms during the pandemic. But Los Angeles County, with the state’s largest concentration of homeless people at some 60,000, has set its own goal of 15,000 rooms. “We’re going big in LA,” said Heidi Marston, interim director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority....
  • Another Bad Idea in San Francisco (Homeless put in luxury hotels)

    04/05/2020 4:24:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 78 replies ^ | 4-3-2020 | Erica Sandberg
    Instead, Mayor London Breed and the Human Services Agency came up with the plan to route over 3,000 people currently living in shelters and navigation centers into hotels. The city is planning to put thousands of physically and psychologically sick people into private hotel rooms, in some of the most luxurious hotels in San Francisco—the InterContinental, Mark Hopkins, and The Palace. Occupants would receive three meals per day, hygiene products, and access to nurses. At first glance, the plan appears sensible. The shutdown has devastated the hospitality industry, and hotels stand empty. Filling rooms with guests of any kind is...
  • Skid Row Breakout

    04/02/2020 5:56:17 AM PDT · by olepap · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/2/2020 | Ruth Styles
    First case of Covid-19 on Skid Row has been confirmed: Fears the virus will spread like wildfire through LA's 5,000-strong homeless community who live cramped together on sidewalks with little access to washing facilities