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Re: “Grand Jury: No 'Silver Bullet' to Solving Homeless, Offers Strategies

Fantastic piece of work by the Grand Jury. A couple items to add to Bibliography:

Housing First: Tanya Tull & Sam Tsemberis by Tom Peterson | Feb 15, 2017
"Housing First began when people asked: What if something else worked better?"

Aligning Affordable Housing Efforts with Actions to End Homelessness, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness;
"To follow through on public messaging that connects affordable housing efforts to the ability to end homelessness, it is essential that people experiencing or with histories of homelessness have genuine and meaningful access to existing and new affordable rental units. For there to be true access to housing for this population, there must be enough units that are both affordable and available to households at the lowest income levels and there must be concerted efforts to connect people experiencing homelessness to those units and to identify and remove barriers to such access."

Posted by janelle1 on 07/03/2019 at 10:11 AM

Re: “'Not a Police Problem'

An interesting ideal from Fred's Humboldt Blog:
Anthony Oaul said...
As for the recent push to create a "legal campground" for the homeless, while the city/county make long term plans to help them out? There are 2 city owned lots between the Warfinger Building and the Lumber Yard; one bare vacant lot, the other a fenced, old boat storage lot. If we are going to spend monies on creating a campground, why does it need to be a "throw-away" campground? Spend the monies to improve these 2 lots for camping, and when the homeless are finally housed, use the same location as a city owned public camp/RV area; Parks & Recreation Dept could collect fees from travelers, once it is open for business. The marina office at the Warfinger Building could manage the Camp/RV park. Also, while the lots are used for homeless camping, we solve the problem of putting the "temporary campsite" too close to residential or Old Town, yet still close enough to Social Services offices.
At least the monies would not be permanently tossed down the proverbial toilet; Eureka would have a city-owned Camp/RV park that would generate fees. These properties would be easily, and quickly, developed with shower/toilet facilities and even cooking facilities; facilities that a future Camp/RV Park would be able to use. Also, these properties would be easy to patrol; law enforcement officers routinely fuel up only blocks away at the commercial fuel station.

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Posted by janelle1 on 04/27/2015 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Arkley Volunteers Balloon Track for Possible Homeless Camp. Seriously.

Once Mr. Arkley removes the toxic material his offer would be wonderful. As it is, his motives seem a bit suspect.

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Posted by janelle1 on 04/24/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “County Declares Shenanigans on Itself

It is a challenge. Change is. But transparency is worth it.

Posted by janelle1 on 03/28/2014 at 6:52 PM

Re: “The Big Chill

Mark Sailors,
I understand your skepticism.
But I find skepticism so debilitating and I hate being a victim, so I just try to do what I can where I can...
By the way, I used your photo in https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-uTx6Hua…

Posted by janelle1 on 03/28/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “The Big Chill

I have an addition to this proud list of assemblies, though it probably maxed at about 25 brave souls. In 2003, after a few months of weekly Women in Black vigils in front of the Fortuna Vets Hall we were asked to leave and told the police might be called to arrest us for trespassing. I called the Police Chief. He nicely asked us to decide we had been there long enough. I stood one last time by myself, just to say no, we haven’t.

According to the current draft agenda memo on April Fools Day Human Rights Commission Policy Statement and Recommendations is on the Board of Supervisors' Agenda to discuss and take appropriate action, if necessary. Before insisting on a copy of the draft I thought it was there only for discussion, because that is what I had been told.

I was at the meeting when the draft came out of five months of private meetings last August. A new Commissioner asked about the phrase, "usually without incident." She was told the only incident was Occupy Eureka.

The Board order sent this to the Human Rights Commission to "further review of Ordinance 2477." There is no review of the ordinance. No mention of Occupy Eureka, the first weeks of peaceful assembly, two months of raids, police and then staff imposed restrictions, a winter without shelter, or months of confiscated signs.

Unspecified “health and safety” issues are mentioned. But no mention of Occupy Eureka’s offer to provide a nighttime toilet, the ban on any rain shelter, or the evening and weekend closure of the public toilet in the jail lobby. The ad hoc committee indicated last October there wasn’t time to review the “complaints” justifying this “health and safety” ordinance.

They might have found that 18 of the incidents involved the taking of demonstrators’ signs, 6 involved a “tent,” “structure,” or “kiosk.” Zero incidents involved food, tables or presence on the grounds that interfered with the flow of pedestrians. All of these are restrictions applied to Occupy Eureka by fiat first by the Eureka Police Department, then by County staff, and then in the "health and safety" codes.

They would have had to insist on getting a less edited version to know that one fine fellow who enjoyed the attention was involved in 32 incidents like drunk in public, kicking things, and being involved in a disturbance. Another loud and sometimes angry woman is in 21 incidents. Sixteen people who I talked with about issues of public policy were involved in those sign and temporary shelter incidents and 12 other incidents, mostly sleeping or camping incidents.

And as for the fine fellow and loud woman, I bet they had something they wanted to communicate. I felt threatened only twice. Once it was just an aggressive posture and the evil eye. As it seemed to me the person was angry because my quest for water on a warm afternoon had ended with a locked jail bathrooms, this silly do-gooder just moved out of the way. The other was when a bunch of police arrived at 11:30 at night to remove the canopy over the table. Realizing I was witnessing armed robbery I left them to it and took pictures of license plates.

But I am very glad that the Commission is again recommending repeal.

The policy statement will neither protect rights nor avoid future misuse of law enforcement resources; it isn't necessary and could do more harm than good.

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Posted by janelle1 on 03/27/2014 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Good Cops Aren't Afraid of Cameras

and wonderfully satirical

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Posted by Ana Nymous on 03/02/2013 at 6:09 PM

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