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Sunday, May 21, 2006


"Two years after the Los Angeles Police Department loosened its 'zero tolerance' drug policy as it struggled to boost its ranks, city officials say they've hired six officers who have used hard drugs such as cocaine," the L.A. Daily News reports today. Hey, we elected a president who had had a substance abuse problem, and that's turned out great, hasn't it?


Anonymous Anonymous said:

• The City Council placed a yearlong moratorium on demolition of about 240 Skid Row flophouses while officials try to balance affordable housing needs with the conversion of older buildings to apartments that can rent for more than $1,000 a month.

If all the projects now under development are completed, the number of housing units in downtown could more than double to nearly 40,000 in five years.

Some of the estimated 14,000 homeless people in the area that folk singer Woody Guthrie called "the skiddiest of all Skid Rows" fear they could be shuffled off to the suburbs to make room for those projects. An ambitious plan by a group called Bring L.A. Home proposes the use of temporary shelters throughout Los Angeles County.

"They don't want to get rid of homeless people, they just want to move them around to where people won't see them," said Franklin Smith, a homeless man who can often be found perched on a shopping cart outside a small toy store along Skid Row.

Gentrification Brings Changes to Skid Row By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 7 minutes ago

AP Associated Press Yahoo

May 21, 2006 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Since you libs just LOVE the homeless so much let's just drop them RIGHT IN YOUR BACKYARD!!!!!

May 21, 2006 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Were you born insanely stupid and ignorant, or did you send off for a book?

May 21, 2006 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

send homeless to Mt. Washington

May 21, 2006 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(as long as your dream is a complete fucking nightmare)

May 21, 2006 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm so sick of assholes like 11:42 with his knee-jerk "This is a liberal problem" crap. What exactly does "Since you love the homeless" mean? Does that mean you and all your right-wing Nazi friends hate them? Do you know any homeless people? Are you aware that the overwhelming majority of homeless people are actually mentally ill? And of COURSE we should definitely hate those nasty mentally ill people - those assholes had the nerve to be born with schizophrenia or retardation. Why weren't they put to death when we found out they can't take care of themselves?!

I'll be the first to say ship the drunks and drug addicts out to your house and you do what you like with them. I have no use for people who create their own problems. Of course I'd also be interested to know if YOU drink or do drugs? If you do, you take the chance at winding up like the people you rail against. If you think it can't happen to you, think again. Every drunk started with a first drink. Every junkie started with a toke or a snort.

The problem of homelessness is, and has been, one of the most complex issues of the last 100 years. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if LA rents have gone up 35% in the last couple of years, there will be a lot of people who can't afford them. Even if they have jobs.

But if you are a really stupid lazy person, you would of course just brush off the homeless problem and suggest a "lets-dump-them-on-people-we-don't-like" solution. I can't imagine what kind of job you have if you are this big of an idiot, but I'd love to know so I can support your competition.

May 21, 2006 1:36 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

ok guys wake up.

The moratorium placed on the conversion of Single room occupancy Housing all over Downtown has nothing to do with the saving them for the low income . It is to slow down the increase of these loft conversions since the housing bubble seems to be bursting.

So if we can find a legal way to prevent the sro's which have not yet been converted not to convert for a while , we can make sure the lofts and condos in the pipeline now and ready to bring in the tenants can make their money , instead of the supply making it untenable for a developer to recoup their costs for the construction and rehabilitation etc.

so I don't agree with the warm fuzzies. It will also allow for the rest of the hotels within the skid row boundaries to taken by the orivate not for profit hotel developers to aquire. ONce this is done, in my opinion you will see the ,moratorium lifted and the race to finish the creation of the lofts and condos in the historic core and other parts of Downtown off and running.

May 21, 2006 7:20 PM  

Anonymous communist lib said:

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for caring about the homeless people..

May 21, 2006 8:20 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Godzilla is correct. The SRO "moratorium" is robber-barron capitalist-communism at its worst: use the power of the government to create barriers to market entry. It is the use of law to limit supply, marketed as "helping the poor." It doesn't help the poor, it helps the rich. If you want to help the poor, you give money to the poor, not the rich.

May 21, 2006 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Welcome to LA politics. We do things backwards here. It's just the way it works.

May 21, 2006 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does it say when everyone who posted ignored the subject? It says that they think the homeless issue is far more important than what the city does hiring police officers who had minor drug use 10 years as teenagers. Hey, wait, didn't our Mayor take "reds" in high school? Yes he did.

May 22, 2006 6:49 AM  

Blogger Westsider said:

To 6:49 AM

The election is over! The election is over! The scare tactics worked in 2001, but not again in 2005.

What are you going to say next, that the Mayor is going to take away your Social Security? Give me a break!

May 22, 2006 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh please 6:49--

Who DIDN'T take "reds" in high school? It's no wonder we ignore it. Nobody really cares. We smoked weed and took quaaludes too before they took them off the market. We did blow at parties in the 80's and guess what..

We are productive members of society and since we aren't running for office, nobody cares or asks us if we did.

Jesus Christ, I hope you don't think AV's high school drug experimentation is more important than homeless people.

May 22, 2006 1:53 PM  

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