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Monday, August 27, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Don Garza blogs about an interesting event at the Los Angeles Mission. It's one of those feel good events where celebrities and yuppie scum show up to feel good about themselves that they did a few minutes of volunteer work and supposedly made a difference. Mayor Sam has talked about this type of thing before - and while the event itself was wonderful and helped some people - it does nothing to solve the problem. I believe the only way to erase homelessness is to take it out of the hands of the government and to really let non-profits like the Mission go to town. Individuals who are not homeless who want to do something should join these groups and run programs to help get the truly needy homeless into self-sufficiency and the overwhelming majority of homeless who are mentally ill into institutions where they will receive the medical and psychological care they need and not warehouse them on piss soaked city streets (in my view a very cruel and inhumane thing to do).

The LA City Council couldn't get it together but the San Fernando City Council managed to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. I am sure the House will get right on that.

The City of Santa Clarita is shooting mad that the developer of some unincorporated land in the Northern San Fernando Valley has made a deal with the City of Los Angeles to annex the land into the City and under Clowncil control. Besides that the move would create - ack - a common border between the two cities, something that does not exist at this point.

And finally LAist has a post that Shanghai, China developed a subway system that is 2-3 times the size of LA's Metro system and began construction several afters LA's got started. But maybe they used slave labor?



Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I believe the only way to erase homelessness is to take it out of the hands of the government and to really let non-profits like the Mission go to town."

Ah, yes... the good old days! When everybody got to feel good about rescuing a homeless person, thanks to their charitable natures.

Weren't you just complaining about licentious benevolence? Sorry for the big words; they're John Cheever's.

But if you're squeamish about people contributing a few minutes' work to make themselves feel good about helping the homeless, why is it such a good idea to make that public policy?

Haven't read much Dickens, have you?


August 27, 2007 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with Mayor Sam on this one.

He says 'the truly needy homeless' which is important.

I can walk down the street and point out punk trouble maker 20 somethings who are perfectly fit and able, but choose to be homeless, as opposed to aged, physically handicapped, women and children and vets.
they need to be housed, and it needs to be BEFORE next winter.

the city council spends all its time and money fighting the ACLU over what time of night you can be homeless (I mean really, that's part of it).

I wonder how far the Grand Ave subsidy would go if it were redirected to create homeless beds for winter.

August 27, 2007 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, the one topic that can drag me back to a blog....

Las Lomas, Dan Palmer, Hillary Norton and the worst possible development in the history of the North Valley. It almost makes Porter Ranch look nice. But not quite.

Santa Clarita City Council meeting went on until 1 AM in the morning. It would seem that besides Palmer and Company, the shadiest and most disgusting law firm in the city of Los Angeles (Weston, Benshoof), Marty from the Economic Alliance, one sweaty Democrat union guy whose wife ran for Assembly in that district (who is CRAZY to think that Palmer would hire his union boys-what a scream), a shady new (not really "new"-a Measure R abuser) councilman with a relationship with the lobbyist (former staffer Hillary Norton) and a few stray Chamber hangers on (that nobody pays attention to) - nobody really wants to see this project come to light.

Well, except for the city of LA of course because they want revenue and constituents be damned. But they're all doing a good job of acting indignant about it. In public anyway.

Greig Smith said it best when he said it was the size of Ahmanson on one third of the acreage.

This is one sick and twisted project. Very bad.

Stop Las Lomas!

August 29, 2007 11:12 PM  

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