janelle 
Member since Sep 16, 2010

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Re: “Save Our Speech

The news report was titled "This Is How San Francisco Protests the Far Right".

The report begins, "Authorities in San Francisco and Alameda counties prepared for the influx of fringe-right supporters over the weekend, hoping to squelch the assemblies from turning violent like they have in the past through a series of legal maneuvers and bureaucratic red tape." https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/08/26/photo…

This is liberals using governmental power to block an unpopular, hated group. And I am not comparing this to fascism, and I understand that many think I should welcome this is a way to avoid what happened in Charlottesville and Berkeley.

I'm a liberal, I'm pro-free speech and I am not a Nazi.

Posted by janelle on 09/03/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Tent Cities: An Expert's Opinion

This expert says, "Keep track of where the semi-permanent people go that did not move into housing. Outreach needs to follow up with them daily for at least the next month and work on other options to living outdoors." The fatal problem is other options. Eureka, Humboldt, California all have a severe shortage of affordable housing. In response some have chosen to live in tents or self-made structures. This is the "problem". Why are we spending so much time and energy on "sweeps", "clean-ups" and "addressing" camps?

"Don't make tent cities a possible solution, regardless of a lack of existing shelter options"? What then, force people into the Mission or similar non-solution? Why is a legal camp not an alternative to opening another shelter?

"Do not try to arrest your way out of it or damage/take peoples belongings as a tough love approach to resolving the tent city." Eureka Police Department may have refused to do this, but individual officers and City workers have done exactly that, or simple damaged tents to make them unusable. And though there are few arrests for camping, there are many tickets written that later become warrants for failure to appear.

And what is the Court's response? For some it is summary probation with the condition of "obey all laws". How is that possible for someone that does not have housing? I told a person to go back and talk to the conflict counsel assigned to the case. The answer was that the state and city have said camping is illegal; others manage out there without getting ticketed, you were sleeping in a doorway, find somewhere else. The officer there when the person's camp was cleared told me some people have to hit rock bottom before accepting help. I didn't tell him that I was told by a social worker that no matter how great the service, a high success rate only comes with the desire to participate.

"The issue is economic poverty." And what do we do in the meantime? Clear camps and don't let them reestablish? It was a textbook clearing of the Marsh, and now over a year without a "limited enforcement area" (to avoid having a legal camp). Still no solution to economic poverty, still a housing shortage. Still poor people sitting on sidewalks and sleeping under bushes and on doorsteps. Now there are people who decided Betty Chinn's stored tents and sleeping bags should be given to those they were intended for. While there they took things intended for others. Betty didn't deserve that, those who depend on St. Vinnie's didn't deserve to have it shut down, the person who got the first no sitting ticket didn't deserve that, the woman trying to contact her social worker didn't deserve to be politely told to move-on eight times in one day. I have heard people without housing refer to jail as three meals and a bed. Now what, Mr. De Jong?

The City and County have a Homeless Strategies and Implementation plan. It quotes the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, "The forced dispersal of people from encampment settings is not an appropriate solution or strategy, accomplishes nothing toward the goal of linking people to permanent housing opportunities, and can make it more difficult to provide such lasting solutions to the people who have been sleeping and living in the encampment." On the other hand, "a legal encampment creates costs which can prevent funding from being directed to supporting and creating permanent housing and service options." When will the costs of not having a legal option for those willing to accept living in a tent be considered?

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Posted by janelle on 07/10/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “A Culture of Civility

Janice T, My experience with John Chive's site is that he moderates for conformity to his story line. It is his blog so he can have it, but unless he has changed his practices, it is not one to be held up as a blog representing high standards.

Civility: formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech; polite remarks used in formal conversation
Civil: courteous and polite

Is it civil to say those who provide space for the exchange of ideas have "amped" the language you disagree with because you feel stifled? Is it civil to judge someone as "having "no good reason" simply because they do not hide the anger they feel? Is it civil to imply that a minority that becomes vocal is "rabid", or not "even vaguely decent"?

I too think that the NCJ's approach of requiring a registration process that allows anonymity and accountability is a good one, it provides a space for self moderation. I am also glad that there is the more open forum at LoCo as perhaps it does serve a purpose.

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Posted by janelle on 06/26/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “UPDATED: Police Chief: Fortuna High School Narrowly Escaped 'Terrible Tragedy'

Let us celebrate this tragedy averted.

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Posted by janelle on 11/11/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Marsh Eviction's Lone Protest Arrest: A Grandmother Who Stood Her Ground

The advice from the implementation plan the City and County approved: “The forced dispersal of people from encampment settings is not an appropriate solution or strategy, accomplishes nothing toward the goal of linking people to permanent housing opportunities, and can make it more difficult to provide such lasting solutions to the people who have been sleeping and living in the encampment.”

Thank you Hollie for your strong, peaceful attempt to be a witness to the day's events.

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Posted by janelle on 05/06/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “City of Eureka Taking Proposals for Sanctuary Camp

There is a small, but possibly fatal problem here. People have been told that the morning of May 2 they will be handcuffed, their possessions put in the shipping container already onsite and their dogs taken to the pound. There will not be a legal place for them to relocate to. The plan is to decide if there is a workable proposal on May 3rd.

Posted by janelle on 03/25/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Palco Marsh Potty Fire an Act of Protest?

“The forced dispersal of people from encampment settings is not an appropriate solution or strategy, accomplishes nothing toward the goal of linking people to permanent housing opportunities, and can make it more difficult to provide such lasting solutions to the people who have been sleeping and living in the encampment.” Focus Strategies' Jan 2016 Homeless Strategies and Implementation Plan

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Posted by janelle on 03/24/2016 at 9:29 PM

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