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  • Fenced out: LA businesses find new way to keep away homeless

    08/24/2018 6:41:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 24, 2018 | Carla Green
    he day the fence arrived, Gabe was sitting next to his tent, right at the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. It was a chain link fence – about six feet tall – placed at the edge of the sidewalk, where it neatly enclosed Gabe, his neighbors, and the tented homes they have made for themselves on the streets of what is sometimes called the homeless capital of the country. “They put the whole sidewalk inside the fence,” said Gabe, an older black man with kind eyes and a disarming demeanor who has lived on the streets of Skid Row...
  • Governments Have Destroyed Housing Affordability in Many Places — But Some Refuges Remain

    08/11/2018 5:44:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 08/11/2018 | Ryan McMaken
    From crime rates to life expectancy to income levels, statistics at the national level are next to useless when it comes to measuring the daily lives of ordinary people in the United States. This is because the United States — which is a huge and geographically diverse country — is simply too large to be summed up in a single number. This sort of generalizing is inappropriate for pretty much any place that's larger than a single metro area, but it's especially bad when applied to a place like the United States. Even the larger European countries are much...
  • Seattle city council repeals "head tax" on city's big businesses

    06/12/2018 4:25:42 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 14 replies ^ | 6/12/18 | AP and KOMO
    Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a growing homelessness crisis. The council voted 7-2 after supporters and opponents packed a meeting with signs saying, "Tax Amazon, housing for all" and "No tax on jobs," with some shouting for more time to discuss the issue. The vote showed Amazon's ability to aggressively push back on government taxes, especially in its affluent hometown where it's the largest employer and where some...
  • Seattle Residents Push Back Against Horribly Conceived Tax

    05/31/2018 3:12:44 PM PDT · by Twotone · 39 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 30, 2018 | Andrew Wilford
    In the wake of Seattle’s decision to enact an Employee Head Tax (EHT) to fight homelessness, media reporting has largely focused on the backlash from large businesses such as Amazon. It’s not hard to see why. Amazon, which employs more than 10 percent of the city’s workforce, has suspended planned investments in protest, and more than 100 leaders of large businesses operating in the city signed an open letter opposing the tax increase. But local residents tired of Seattle’s stagnant economic situation are beginning to take action against the EHT as well. It is truly difficult to imagine a worse...
  • Man tells homeless man not to camp in neighborhood, is stabbed 17 times, daughter says

    05/29/2018 10:30:03 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 51 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | May 29, 2018 | Jared Leone
    PORTLAND, Ore. - A man was stabbed 17 times and left for dead by a homeless man trying to camp in the man’s neighborhood, his daughter said. Kasey Lebechuck approached Todd Schneider, 25, Sunday and told Schneider he was camping in a restricted area. Schneider said he needed his phone and instead grabbed a knife from his backpack, according to KPTV. “He is lucky to be alive. He was stabbed 17 times, so I mean he got him everywhere. Lungs, eyes, his stomach, his back, his head,” his daughter Kayla McNeel told KPTV. “He said that he just kept trying...
  • Homelessness on the West Coast Has Reached a Boiling Point

    05/16/2018 6:18:51 AM PDT · by davikkm · 60 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    Homelessness in America is out of control, especially on the West Coast. The total homeless population in the U.S. rose this past year for the first time since 2010, driven primarily by a steep increase in people living on the streets in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. City streets are becoming disgusting and dangerous. Residents are worried and regularly don’t feel safe. Something has to be done, but what can actually be accomplished? By Palm Beach Letter There is urine and fecal matter on the streets of San Francisco and used needles all around as drug addicts shoot up...
  • Seattle approves tax on businesses like Amazon, Starbucks to fight homelessness

    05/14/2018 5:24:41 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 39 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 14, 2018 | Associated Press
    The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker a year. It’s lower than the $500-per-worker tax initially proposed. The tax would begin in 2019 and raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services. Some council members acknowledged it wasn’t enough to address urgent housing needs but conceded they couldn’t get the six votes needed to override a potential veto by the mayor. Other...
  • Bidding Farewell to a Progressive Paradise

    05/01/2018 4:35:25 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 49 replies
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | May 1, 2018 | by Charlotte Hays
    Alex Berezow, a microbiologist from the University of Washington, is leaving Seattle after fourteen years in what he believed was the most beautiful city in the world. He has penned an eloquent column on his decision for the Seattle Times. It makes for startling reading no matter where you live in the U.S. For starters, Seattle's policies have created a larger homeless population than in the past. Berezow was so concerned about this that he made an appointment with Debora Juarez, the District 5 City Council member for whom Berezow had voted, to talk about the matter: I believe strongly...
  • GUEST COLUMN: Gov. Hickenlooper wrong on impact of legal pot

    04/24/2018 5:43:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | April 23, 2018 | Peter Droege
    The governor of Colorado does our nation a grave disservice by misleading the public about the impact of marijuana on his state in the April 9 interview in Rolling Stone magazine. Neither the governor's statements, nor the smoke rising from 4/20 events, can hide the fact that drug use and addiction, especially among youths, are a growing public health concern in communities across Colorado and the nation. ... According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Colorado is a national leader among 12-17-year-olds in: (1) Last year marijuana use; (2) Last month marijuana use; and (3) The...
  • California Has Worst 'Quality Of Life' In US, Study Says

    03/01/2018 5:37:22 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-1-2018 | Gregg Re, Christopher Carbone
    Awards season is in full swing in California, and the Golden State just took home a booby prize of its own. California ranks dead last among U.S. states in quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News, ranking behind New Jersey (49th) and Indiana (48th). The ignominious honor reflects California's low marks in the sub-categories of environmental quality and social engagement. The latter category measures voting participation and community bonds. Californians scored poorly in part because they're simply insufferable, U.S. News suggested. "In addition to a healthy environment, a person's quality of life is largely a result of...
  • L.A. County's homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures

    02/19/2018 10:11:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Los Angeles County's homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region's homelessness agency. The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how much new housing would be needed when they asked city and county voters to approve the tax measures. ... Peter Lynn, executive director of the homeless authority, said Friday that new cost figures had not been calculated,...
  • Sometimes homeless addicts just wanna be homeless addicts

    02/02/2018 8:02:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2018 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Among President Donald J. Trump's (R) inspiring guests at his State of the Union address was Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets and his wife Rebecca, who adopted a little girl they, significantly, named Hope.  While on duty Holets encountered a pregnant, heroin addicted woman, Crystal Champ, about to shoot up. Imploring her not to shoot up while pregnant he offered to adopt the baby.  He then worked with Champ and her partner, presumably the father, to get her into rehab but, as CNN reported last month, it was rough going.   After their story was reported, a number of substance abuse treatment centers offered...
  • L.A.'s homelessness surged 75% in six years

    02/01/2018 11:06:43 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2018 | Gale Holland
    The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 — in the last six years... ... the city's land-use policies had reduced the availability of low-income housing... ... Los Angeles has a severe shortage of apartment units for poor people...
  • Pardon Me, Governor Brown

    12/30/2017 9:59:58 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/17 | Katy Grimes
    Jerry's Real Legacy Pardonne moi, Governor Jerry Brown, but California is a cesspool and you are giving absolution to criminals. Brown’s smug ‘burn it down and leave’ attitude, together with all of the left, is based on the self-righteous belief that more than half of the country does not know what’s good for them—and liberals and leftists do. They hate us for not aspiring to their glamorous and important lives, and then feel compelled to tell us how to live.
  • America's homeless population rises for first time in years

    12/06/2017 5:56:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 6, 2017 7:49 PM EST | Christopher Weber and Geoff Mulvihill
    The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time count Wednesday, a report that showed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the country during local tallies conducted in January. That figure is up nearly 1 percent from 2016. Of that total, 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and instead were staying in vehicles, tents, the streets and other places considered...
  • AMAC: Homelessness Among Senior Citizens is a Form of “Elder Abuse”

    12/02/2017 8:23:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Association of Mature American Citizens ^ | November 30, 2017 | John Grimaldi
    Too many of America’s elderly are aging on the streets. They need our help. WASHINGTON, DC – Here’s a startling statistic from the Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]: “the homeless population is aging faster than the general population in the United States.” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], calls it “a shameless embarrassment in a country with a tradition of helping the needy. Growing old is a condition we all have to live with. But too many of America’s elderly are aging on the streets. They need our help.” Weber points out that...
  • As America Gives Thanks, Homelessness Continues To Set New Records In Major Cities in America

    11/25/2017 11:18:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/25/2017 | Michael Snyder
    If the economy is doing just fine, then why is homelessness at levels not seen “since the Great Depression” in major cities all over the country? If the U.S. economy was actually in good shape, we would expect that the number of people that are homeless would be going down or at least stabilizing. Instead, we have a growing national crisis on our hands. In fact, within the past two years “at least 10 cities or municipal regions in California, Oregon and Washington” have declared a state of emergency because the number of homeless is growing so rapidly. Things are...
  • Los Angeles homeless numbers jump 23% in a year

    05/31/2017 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1st June 2017 | BBC News
    The number of people homeless in the US city of Los Angeles has soared in the past year, a new report shows, despite efforts to combat the problem. The homeless population in the city grew 20% while the numbers for the wider Los Angeles County were even higher at 23%, the figures revealed. Experts say soaring rents and a high cost of living are major factors. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn described the figures as "staggering". "Homelessness in LA County has grown at a shocking rate," she said in a statement. "Even as work is being done to get...
  • SSI program shows that socialism is a failure and liberals don't care.

    03/22/2017 8:12:11 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 34 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Social Security... The SSI program. Liberals hail it as the toast of socialism. Liberals promulgate SSI as proof that government cares. The social secuirty program cares, the program is there to help those who cannot help themselves and that welfare state is superior to Christian charity. According to New York Times columnist and leftist Charles Blow, "Social security is the gift of Washington to the American people. It is what makes America a higher standard in freedom and prosperity." Just like everything printed by the Bolshevik News media including the Times and its left wing mouth pieces, nothing could be...
  • Report: Cities passing more laws making homelessness a crime

    11/15/2016 3:14:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 5:47 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Colleen Slevin
    Cities across the country are enacting more bans on living in vehicles, camping in public areas and panhandling, despite efforts by the federal government to discourage such laws amid a shortage in affordable housing, a new report said. Denver, which ordered about 150 homeless people living on sidewalks to clear out their belongings Tuesday, was among four cities criticized for policies criminalizing homelessness in a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, an advocacy group aiming to prevent people from losing their homes. The other cities listed in its “hall of shame” are in Hawaii, Texas and...