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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

If They Were Good Enough For The Citizens Of New Orleans. . . .

Measure H has nothing to do with the homeless, except to invoke their image to manipulate voters' emotions, shut down their brains, and open their wallets -- to rich developers.

How much would it cost to buy a bunch of FEMA-style trailers and park them at that big, unused airport L.A. owns in the middle of nowhere, Palmdale?

A Fox article says FEMA bought 10,770 trailers for $367 million. That's about $34,000 each. The actual count of homeless in L.A. -- conducted by, idiotically enough, homeless people hired by the City -- was around 19,000. This year, the City of L.A. is taking in $717 million more than last year.

Do the math: you could buy every single homeless person his or her own personal FEMA style trailer without raising taxes a dime.

But that would help the homeless, not the millionaire developers backing Measure H. So nothing like that is ever going to happen.

And before you make any cracks about how trailers aren't good enough for people who now live on streets, think again. I know of at least one guy, not born to a wealthy family, who spent part of his childhood living in a trailer and went on to graduate from an Ivy-league school....

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I see the big bucks backers of Preparation H (i.e., Proposition H) have raised over $2.5 million to try to get this flawed measure approved. All so they can fatten their wallets and stick the owner of a house with an assessed value of $500,000 an average of $73 per year over 30 years. About as pleasant as hemorrhoids.

October 31, 2006 10:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How odd for a Republican to begrudge ANY millionaire his or her success!

As for developers, with the possible exception of a relatively small percentage of buildings that are the product of "mom and pop" builders, most of the structures we live and work in were built by developers and their associated professionals. Maybe we should think about that for a minute before we castigate them all as being evil incarnate. Yeah, they like to make a buck just like anybody else. Would they be more righteous if they'd done it by winning the lottery or robbing a bank?

November 01, 2006 5:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

dude, spell New Orleans correct. and you want to be Mayor huh?

November 01, 2006 6:24 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

1. I'm not a Republican.

2. Not all developers are created equal. I respect and support developers who make their money the old-fashioned way, from willing customers in the private sector. I do not feel the same way about those who buy career politicians and misleading ad campaigns to dupe voters into giving them pork.

Fair enough?

November 01, 2006 6:55 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. Thanks for catching the typo, which I have fixed.

November 01, 2006 6:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gee Walter, you're a GENIUS. Just buy a thousand FEMA trailers for poor people and plot them down at Palmdale Airport.

For someone who claims so often that people with degrees, experience, and fancy job titles, are all a bunch of corrupt idiots, you sure are a hypocrite.

Where would they work? Where would their sewage go? What would the nice folks living in Palmdale say? What do you do about the many who would say "screw that, I ain't living in Palmdale"? What about all their kids crowding the local school?

What? None of that occurred to you? Yes Walter, you're a genius with all the answers, if only someone would listen to you.

November 01, 2006 7:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

Viking riches found in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish experts have confirmed the finding of over 1,000 Viking-era silver coins after their chance discovery by two brothers on the Swedish island of Gotland.

The treasure was believed to have been buried in the 10th century and weighed about 3 kilos (7 pounds), local curator Majvor Ostergren told the TT news agency.

Edvin Sandborg, 20, and his 17-year-old brother Arvid dug up more than 100 coins on Monday last week, while helping their neighbour with his garden.

"Completely by accident I found an Arabic silver coin that's about 1,100 years old," Edvin Sandborg told TT.

November 01, 2006 11:54 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Where will they work?!
LOL.
Sparky, you don't get the whole "skid row" lifestyle, do you?

"What about plumbing?" That's another exquisitely intelligent comment, as we all know there's no such thing as plumbing in Palmdale.

Also LOL re unwilling to live in Palmdale. Yes, by all means, beggars should indeed be choosers, and we should tax ourselves so they can live in Beverly Hills -- if indeed even that pricey area would meet their requirements for enjoying crack pipes, whiskey and schizophrenia.

Yes, the staffers have truly come home to post...

November 01, 2006 1:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Homeless Service Authority has been in place since 1994, or 12 years for those of you who are not near a calculator.

They are comprised of ten Commissioners and are a joint body made up of five appointees from the Mayor and five from the Supervisors.

In June of 2005 the county gave them $20,000,000 more in funding above their existing funds.

What have they been doing? They distribute $60,000,000 a year to 80 agencies for more than 120 programs for the homeless.

Last night I attended the closing of Dome Village with Homeless Advocate Ted Hays. Inspite of spending almost three quarters of a billion dollars on the Homeless establishment in Los Angeles, we not only have a crisis in our streets, but the good MAV and the city council could not even come up with a patch of land for a group who have already proven they have a system which works.

For those in favor of Prop H to use the homeless as a ploy to get you to vote for Prop H is, inlight of their track record as late as last night, a crime against humanity.

Lets for once hold these merchants of deciet accountable and vote no on prop H.

November 01, 2006 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Louie1462 said:

what a crock of CRAP! Despite the cost of purchasing the homes; how in Gods name are you going to transport those people there and keep them there? Did you ever consider that some people just like being homeless and that it is their way of life. After they get there, did you ever consider that a police, fire, and health force would need to be employed to provide safety for a small city? Utilities? Power, Water, Sewage... Do you expect 19,000 people whom have lived their lives in this fashion to just stop their way of life? Americans fight every day to protect theirs. You can not just move these people somewhere else. Hell, the British tried that and look what happened. Americans gainfully employed or not will not stand for this. Wow.

December 14, 2007 12:37 PM  

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