Come and watch Eureka locals piss and moan about the homeless and get policies and ordinances passed that punish the poorest most vulnerable men, women and children.
"Humboldt County 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass refers to challenges Chinn's outreach faced from local business owners and the city of Eureka as a 'dark time in our recent history.'"
Local business owners are still fighting the tools that get affordable housing and SRO's built, ie, policies, ordinances and fees that make temporary group shelters obsolete.
Celebrating a temporary shelter while fighting humane policies and turning independent motel housing into boarded-up firetraps is reprehensible.
...and then went home to feed the dog...
Zero leadership is the last thing Eureka needs.
Fred would be hard pressed to explain who benefits most from the far higher costs of citywide campaigns and why that's a "good thing".
"Rockport's relocation plans, which include available space locally for just 44 of the 190 people who would potentially be displaced by the closure."
No room for the elderly, no room for the homeless, no room for the addicted and mentally ill, no room for troubled youths, Humboldt County's legacy of neglect (and negligence) in serving the weakest members of their community continues.
Is there no planning in this county to get housing built for all classes of residents?
Follow the money...
"Chinn was largely unwelcome in Old Town."
Actually, Old Town wasn't welcomed in Old Town and many of the same old crony-capitalists running this county wanted it leveled back in the 1950's...but they didn't want to spend their own money...so little has changed.
They still want big government to provide infrastructure and emergency services so they can build their big profit, big homes miles from downtown in the third bailed-out housing bubble in 30 years, while making damn sure no affordable housing tools are enacted by local government.
We wouldn't need to intern the destitute in indignant parking lots and boxcars had this county reserved 1% of its budget for SRO housing construction to be matched with state and federal grants, a more effective, permanent solution that would save the public millions of dollars each year in police and emergency services.
The only problem: Humboldt County government doesn't work in the public interest.
This story should be titled: "Shafted by Communists, Shafted by Capitalists".
Reagan's public divestment movement was far more broad than mental health for anyone remembering his bigoted "Welfare Mother" canard.
While gutting the social safety net, Reagan bailed out General Motors and they immediately opened their first plant in Mexico marking the beginning of a generation of massive, bi-partisan job exports to child laborers and the deregulation that enabled record profits to be hidden offshore.
This required immense expansion of worldwide military bases protecting increasing offshore corporate manufacturing and trade, U.S. courts enforcing complex corporate contracts, a stable U.S. dollar, and fully funded U.S. ports, rails and highways, while slashing the corporate tax rates needed to pay for it.
The "Reagan Revolution" is in high-gear, turning tens of millions of Americans into surplus labor and the continuing divestment from New Deal programs making Medicare barely recognizable to our parents but filling our cities with homelessness and unemployed youths they remember from the 1930's.
Why stop there?
Humboldt County has horrendous statistics in every human health category...including foster care failure rates.
Many of these youths are not suitable for foster care and require what all youths require.
Unfortunately, these programs mostly disappeared in the last generation, part of the broader government and business divestment from human resources, infrastructure and jobs.
These youths need one source guiding them through applications for Medi-Cal, food stamps, financial aid, employment and housing with a modest stipend as long as they remain in school. It requires a business community that puts their money where their mouth is by developing a wage subsidy program for part-time jobs.
Anything less is inhumane.
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Sep 22, 2016
vol XXVII issue 38
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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