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Pants on Fire: Not Even Politifact Is Buying What Gavin Newsom Is Selling on San Francisco’s Homeless Problem

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

When it comes to addressing serious problems in their own backyards, Democrats typically default to blaming Republicans in an effort to avoid responsibility for the consequences of their own disastrous polices.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is a prime example of this, especially when it comes to issues he has no one to blame for but himself and his fellow left coast Democrats.

Back in June, Newsom told Axios‘s Jim VandeHei in a wide-ranging interview that the dire homeless problem in San Francisco was primarily due to an influx of homeless people coming to the city from … Texas:

Facing what feels like the first real crisis of his new administration — and in the midst of stalled efforts in Sacramento to do something about it — Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken aim at something new when asked about California’s homelessness problem: Texas.

Specifically, Newsom accused the Republican-led state of sending people to San Francisco.

“The vast majority also come in from — and we know this — from Texas. Just interesting fact,” Newsom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday with “Axios on HBO.”

The comment came after interviewer Jim VandeHei asked Newsom why the net size of San Francisco’s homeless population hadn’t changed much during his tenure as the city’s mayor (although a number of people did find shelter during his administration).

The L.A. Times, not exactly a friend to Republicans and Texans, wrote about Newsom’s claims at the time and easily debunked them, noting that it was actually the reverse that was true:

A spokesman first pointed to a 2016 newspaper story that counted the number of homeless people San Francisco officials put on buses to other communities and states. But the article doesn’t cite any inbound deliveries of people. In fact, it reported that Texas was the top out-of-state destination for San Francisco to send away homeless people. As of late Sunday night, there was no additional information provided to back up the governor’s claim.

Newsom conceded in the broadcast that California has an enormous poverty problem. “We’ve got to get our act together,” he said. Nonetheless, he went on to criticize states led by Republicans that he said have an “intentional” policy to ignore those in need.

Nearly two months later, the geniuses at Politifact finally decided to weigh in. And in a genuine shocker of shockers, they rated Newsom’s claims as “Pants on Fire”:

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans or to take Democrats to task, so that they decided to take Newsom to the woodshed is worth mentioning.

They did a detailed analysis of Newsom’s claims, and found them to be sorely lacking. Here’s what they concluded in their ruling:

San Francisco’s own homeless surveys contradict this. They show a large majority reported living in the city before becoming homeless, and just a fraction coming in from out-of-state.

Newsom’s office pointed to data from San Francisco’s bus ticket program for homeless people. But that defense doesn’t hold up. It shows just a small fraction, less than 7 percent, left for Texas, and doesn’t demonstrate that they originally came to San Francisco from that state.

In the end, we found Newsom made a ridiculous claim.

We rated it Pants on Fire.

Just to put an even finer point on how duplicitous, self-serving, and shameless Newsom is on this issue, when asked about comments made by President Trump in early July that the federal government may need to “intercede” in cities with large homeless problems, here’s how Newsom responded:

“If interceding means cutting budgets to support services to get people off the street, (Trump has) been very successful in advancing those provisions,” the governor said. Instead, he argued, the president has been “decreasing the social safety net to address the reasons people are on streets and sidewalks in the first place.”

It’s similar to what he told Axios in June. In other words, Republicans are to blame for this crisis.

It’s baloney. The homeless issues the state of California (and not just in San Francisco but in other big cities like Los Angeles, too) can in large part be laid at the feet of Democrats who have absolutely run the state into the ground, including Newsom.

Newsom was a member of the SF Board of Supervisors from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004. He was the Mayor of San Francisco from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011. He was the Lt. Gov. from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019.

That’s 22 years he alone has had to commit to helping solve the homeless problem that exists in cities like San Francisco and L.A. Him trying to pin the homeless crisis there on Republicans is absurd, and just shows he’d rather conveniently pass the buck rather than take responsibility for his own leadership failures.

(Hat tip: Hot Air’s John Sexton)

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Feds announce crackdown on San Francisco’s Tenderloin district saying it has been ‘smothered by lawlessness’

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San Francisco’s Tenderloin district is home to the city’s dirtiest street, according to the NY Times. Last October the San Francisco Chronicle quoted a police officer who called the Tenderloin “an open-air narcotics market.” Now the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern California is vowing to crack down on crime in the district which he describes as having been “smothered by lawlessness.”

U.S. Attorney David Anderson said the federal government was targeting the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood — a roughly 50-block area — with arrests of drug traffickers as the first step in cleaning up a roughly 50-block area he says is “smothered by lawlessness.”

Federal authorities also announced that 32 people have been charged with selling drugs in the Tenderloin.

Chris Nielsen, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Francisco, said that most of the dealers were Honduran nationals and part of an operation that stretched from Mexico to Seattle.

Nielsen said an investigation that began in 2017 uncovered two independent drug trafficking networks that operated in the same way. The feds said that people living in the eastern end of the San Francisco Bay Area crossed into the Tenderloin daily to sell cocaine, meth, heroin and fentanyl.

Naturally, since this is San Francisco, there is concern about criminalizing the homeless who live in the Tenderloin. Immigration agents are part of the task force that will be conducting sweeps in the area. But as the Associated Press points out, the homeless living there aren’t just drug consumers, they are also low-level participants in the trade, with about half of all drug-related arrests in the city taking place in this one neighborhood:

The drive is not aimed at the area’s massive homeless population or people addicted to drugs, Anderson said in remarks prepared for his first news conference since being appointed to the post by President Donald Trump in January…

Supervisor Matt Haney said in April that he would create a task force to come up with a plan to tackle the problem. More than half the nearly 900 people booked into jail or cited for incidents tied to drug sales in 2017-18 were cited or arrested by police in the Tenderloin, according to an April report.

It said a high percentage of drug sales involve organized crime and “sellers often give drugs to homeless people who are addicted in exchange” for holding the drugs.

The focus on the Tenderloin is set to last for at least a year, with 15 new prosecutors devoted to the area. But the focus won’t remain solely on drugs. US Attorney Anderson says the sweeps will also focus on guns, human trafficking, identity theft, and other crimes.

This is the best thing that could happen to San Francisco. The city has serious drug, homelessness, and crime problems, all of which are intertwined in the Tenderloin. Having the feds come in and make a real effort to clean up the problem may give the city some respite from the crime and the mess these problems create. If some homeless people go to jail or some drug dealers are deported in the process, so be it. Winking at the problem, as the city has been doing for years, is not going to improve anything.

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Rosalind Beck: The Government’s war on landlords will only make the housing crisis worse for the lowest-paid.

Dr Rosalind Beck is a doctor of Criminology and a Conservative Party member in South Wales.

The Channel 5 series ‘Nightmare Tenants; Slum Landlords’ shows the devastation nightmare tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) cause to landlords, housemates and neighbours across the country. A wide variety of cases is presented each week.

In a recent episode, a tenant went on the rampage in a rented flat causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage. The programme shows other tenants hurling abuse at neighbours, wrecking properties with cannabis factories and building up thousands in arrears. Those who trusted the tenants with their property are often left in tears, with their finances in tatters, including this week the parents of an autistic child.

On the other hand, the programme-makers seem to have stalled in their quest to find examples of ‘slum landlords,’ and have included none in recent episodes.

Clearly, there are far more rogue tenants than there are rogue landlords. However, one would imagine the inverse to be true, judging by the Government’s determination to go ahead this week with the scrapping of Section 21 notices; something that will play right into the hands of the type of tenants seen in the programme.

For the uninitiated, Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, is the notice for what is widely portrayed as a ‘no-fault eviction.’ The phrase implies that the tenant has done nothing wrong, whilst the truth is that although landlords are unable procedurally to give a reason, in 84 per cent of cases possession is sought for non-payment of rent and in 56 per cent of cases, damage to property is a factor.

In addition, although it is seen as a ‘two month’ notice, in reality it often takes at least six months. A typical timeline is:

  1. Landlord often waits until the tenant has got into at least two months arrears.
  2. Landlord gives tenant two months’ notice.
  3. Tenant doesn’t leave at the end of the notice period.
  4.  Landlord applies to the courts and waits another month or two to get a date.
  5. The judge awards 14-28 days extra time in the property.
  6. Often the tenant remains.
  7. Bailiffs are instructed and depending on workload, another delay of a month or more ensues.
  8. Tenant is evicted by a bailiff.

Invariably, during this process the tenant is not paying rent and often damages the house.

The idea that Section 21 is an easy option for landlords to quickly gain possession on a blameless tenant is therefore pure fantasy.

However, whereas Section 21 typically takes more than six months, the only alternative, ‘Section 8’ can take closer to a year, as spurious defences and counter-claims are allowed (tenants have been known to damage the house and then allege disrepair), which lead to adjournments.

Very worryingly, in addition to scrapping Section 21, another suggestion given to Government has been to ‘port’ over the conditions under which a Section 21 can be served, to an amended Section 8. The Welsh Assembly is also actively considering this. This could mean, for example, that the fact there was no proof a tenant had received a copy of a certificate (even if they had) could give a non-paying tenant a lifetime tenancy in a property owned by someone else who is paying the mortgage and all other costs. This is bizarre, absurd and contrary to all natural justice; and it would not surprise me at all if it slipped through as an ‘unintended consequence.’

This is not only relevant for landlords. A reason why people in general should be concerned about this, is that Section 21 was the key element in the Housing Act which gave landlords and lenders confidence they could get a property back when they needed to.  Abolishing it will take tenancy law back to the last century, when the absence of adequate means of regaining possession caused the PRS to shrink from comprising 90 per cent of all housing to just nine per cent. Housing quality was also poor.

The English Housing Survey, just out, has found that these days 83 per cent of private tenants are satisfied or very satisfied with their housing; compared to 80 per cent in the social sector. Why would the Government interfere with the excellent progress that has been made in housing quantity and quality, by taking this regressive step to shrink the PRS?

An estimated 150,000 more households will be needed in the coming year. Who will provide the homes for them? Not private landlords.

Where is the estimation of the effect this will have on homelessness levels?

The risk of facing one of the nightmare scenarios described above, with the process of getting rogue tenants out having been made much more difficult or even impossible, will especially deter those with only one rental property – around half of the country’s two million landlords. I have advised my brother, now that he has retired, to leave empty the extra property he purchased when he moved for work. As I told him, when faced with potentially losing control over his asset, it is not worth the extra income of a few hundred pounds a month.

Is this what the Government wants? Empty houses?

Even in terms of gaining votes, the Government is following a reckless agenda. The National Landlords Association found that 85 per cent of landlords – and their families – will vote against parties proposing to remove Section 21. This could be a huge factor in marginal constituencies.

In light of all this, we can only hope that Boris Johnson not only retains Section 21 – to scrap was an ill-considered attempt by Theresa May to establish a legacy – but in fact, improves on it so that landlords can get swifter justice.

One should not forget that although the private and social housing sectors together house nearly half of the population, it is private landlords who now provide the essential safety net for the lowest-income tenants and who house 10 out of 11 homeless people.

If the hostile environment for landlords persists, they won’t for much longer.

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Long-Time LA Union Rescue Mission Leader Calls for ‘FEMA-Style’ Response to Homelessness

For more than 20 years, Rev. Andy Bales has been on the front lines of fighting homelessness in Los Angeles. As the CEO of Union Rescue he’s watched as the city’s homeless population has surged out of control, creating a massive public health crisis.

In the last 18 months multiple cases of typhus have been diagnosed in the downtown area, and two LAPD officers working in the San Fernando Valley were diagnosed with MRSA after interacting with homeless people. Bales himself has suffered physically due to his work – he lost part of his leg after contracting “three different flesh-eating bacterial infections,” including Charcot Foot, which generally affects diabetics, lepers, and people who live on the streets. The infection occurred during the summer of 2014, and Bales “suspects it entered through a wound on his foot after walking through Skid Row one day, handing out water.”

Los Angeles’ inability to deal with its homeless problem and disease control is now nationally known, but Bales has been calling attention to it for years. In a 2015 interview he sounded the alarm about disease in the densely-populated Skid Row environment.

“We need to decentralize Skid Row and get the people away from this environment, and we need to clean up this environment.”

Four years later, Bales is still fighting. More than 1,000 homeless people died on Los Angeles’ streets last year, leading Bales and Dr. Drew Pinsky to ask “how many must die” before officials take action?

Like Pinsky, Bales believes the city’s at serious risk of a bubonic plague outbreak. Bales, however, believes it’s definitely going to happen unless massive federal action takes place immediately. In Pinsky’s interview with Scott Adams last week, he referenced a recent conversation with Bales:

“[Bales] looked at me two weeks ago and said, “It’s over. We can’t handle this. We need a FEMA-style emergency with the RedCross and the National Guard. We need to put up 100…tents that are triage centers. We have to deal with this like the emergency that it is.”

If a national emergency were declared and FEMA and the National Guard were dispatched to Los Angeles, they would have the power to remove homeless camps and send people to drug treatment, mental health hospitals, and more. There are civil rights issues, to be sure, that need to be addressed, but when the (in)actions of elected officials in dealing with people who can’t take care of themselves lead to an imminent threat of a deadly plague in one of the most populous cities in the world, affecting millions of innocent people, the rights of those innocent people need to be taken into account as well.

If an outbreak of bubonic plague occurs, it won’t just affect Los Angeles. Many people who comment on articles here or elsewhere about California seem to think that this is a California problem, and “Screw them, let them deal with it.” If this happens in downtown Los Angeles, people in cities 20, 40, 100 miles away would quickly be infected. Tens of thousands of commuters a day take the train into Los Angeles to work, walking those infected streets and taking bacteria with them. Products from downtown’s Fashion District, Flower Market, and produce markets are shipped to nearby states (or even the East Coast) every day. Business travelers will go through LAX and to their final destinations before they know they’ve been exposed. It wouldn’t take very long at all for the sickness to spread, depending upon how quickly the disease was recognized and how quickly quarantine procedures could be implemented.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor at RedState. Follow her on Twitter @jenvanlaar or Facebook. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Save California Political Action Committee.

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Paul James: I’m proud of what we achieving in Gloucester. But more incentives are needed for new housing.

Cllr Paul James is the Leader of Gloucester City Council.

This year’s local elections nationally were pretty disastrous by any standards. We were fortunate not to face the ballot box in Gloucester this year, but we are already preparing for our electoral test in 2020. From my reading, there were some clear lessons from May’s results – and not just that we need to sort out Brexit! Those councils where there is clear leadership, a sense of purpose, and a track record of delivery – and where they campaigned strongly and effectively – managed to hold back the national tide. South Gloucestershire and Swindon are two good examples local to us.

We hope by next year the national backdrop, with a new Leader and Brexit resolved, will be more positive, but in these turbulent times, we cannot rely on this. We have now been the Administration on Gloucester City Council for 15 years – initially as a minority administration, but more recently as a majority. Despite being in control for this long, we have no shortage of ideas on what we still want to achieve, and our next manifesto will be full of bold new policies.

Every council and the area it serves is different. For some places, a low council tax, running a tight ship, emptying the bins, and keeping the streets clean is enough to secure electoral success. In Gloucester and many other places, it isn’t. There is a lot to do in our community leadership, and place-shaping roles and a more active approach is required.

We are very proud of the regeneration which has taken place in Gloucester over the last 15 years, with almost £1 billion of investment attracted to what is a relatively small city. But none of it comes easily, and there is still a great deal to do. High costs, such as archaeology and decontamination, and relatively low property values sometimes means that schemes can struggle with viability without public sector intervention. Our approach, including using the Council’s assets and the strength of its covenant, has been recognised with several awards this year – including Local Authority of the Year in the South West Property Awards and winner of the Innovation in Property and Asset Management category in the MJ Awards. Our striking new bus station/transport hub, funded with the help of Government, has also been widely praised, including by the RICS.

The changing world on the high street adds a new layer of complexity to our regeneration plans, but I believe we are at the forefront of repurposing our city centre to make it a community hub, not just a retail hub. The £5 million revamp of our main public space, Kings Square, which is due on site this Autumn, is at the heart of this – as are efforts to promote our unique heritage. A few weeks ago, I visited Roeselare in Belgium, which is held up as a great example of reinventing a city, and was pleased to find many of the actions they are recommending – like free wifi, and not charging cafes for tables and chairs on the highway – we are already doing.

Housing, as in many places, is a big issue for us. We are keen to deliver as the need is high, but issues around viability can hold back inner-city schemes while greenfield sites move ahead – something the next Prime Minister, in my view, needs to address. There need to be incentives for building new homes. The New Homes Bonus must not continue to be eroded, and the constraints on small urban local authorities should be recognised. The obsession in some quarters of focusing on the South East needs to be replaced by a more balanced approach.

Regenerating sites and buildings is important, but we should never forget that people matter most. The relationship a council has with its communities is vital, and as a council, we have worked hard to move away from the traditional top-down style of decision-making, and adopted a strength-based approach to working with our residents on what’s important for them. Working with partners across the public and charitable sector, our co-funded “community builders” have supported residents to start park runs, knitting groups, help their neighbours, and build countless connections. Our long-term commitment to this approach over the past seven years have brought benefits to health and well-being, social isolation, community safety, and the environment. Our next step will be the establishment of a Community Interest Company to roll out the community building programme to every ward in the city.

Gloucester is also the first district council in the country to devolve budget from our streetcare contractor (Amey) to a community social enterprise to maintain their own green spaces, creating jobs for local people and fostering pride in the area.

We are dealing with homelessness too. Our rough sleeper count has declined, thanks to the active approach we have taken with our partners of engaging, supporting, and enforcing. We have also just acquired an additional 48 units of temporary accommodation to avoid sending those in most need outside of the city, which comes at a high human cost as well as financial cost.

In recent weeks, we have joined with other councils in declaring a climate emergency. This was done on a cross-party basis, but needs to be backed up with action. Putting the environment at the heart of everything we do is not only right, but it’s good politics.

The Gloucester of today isn’t what some people would view as natural Conservative territory – we have pockets of deprivation and a diverse population. But we have no no-go areas, and I believe we are the natural home for community activists. Byron Davis and Fred Ramsey, our candidates in two by-elections set to take place on 25th July, are a testament to this. Our councillors and candidates are representative of the city as a whole. I’m particularly pleased the Chairman of the local Polish Association has been selected as one of our candidates for May 2020.

We work closely with our friends at Conservative-led Gloucestershire County Council – not just sharing services, but sharing a top post (our Managing Director is also a Commissioning Director of the County Council) and now sharing offices, enabling us to market our former offices in three Dockside warehouses for regeneration.

I am proud of what we have achieved, as the Administration and our position is a world away from when I was first elected in 1996, and the Conservative Group was made up of two councillors. But we are not and cannot be complacent. Our focus never moves away from delivering for our residents. I hope this will be recognised in May next year.

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Bubonic Plague “Imminent” in Los Angeles, Says Dr. Drew Pinsky

Dr. Drew Pinsky, a California-based physician who now hosts a talk radio show, correctly predicted the current typhus outbreak in Los Angeles about 18 months ago. Now he is sounding the alarm about a potential outbreak of the bubonic plague in the Los Angeles area, saying that unless conditions change quickly and drastically, Southern California will be dealing with a horrific epidemic.

The last outbreak of the bubonic plague, ironically, was in the 1920’s in Los Angeles. Arsenia Pestis, the organism that causes the plague, is endemic to the valleys Southern California and comes down through the foothills on squirrels and raccoons, Pinsky explained.

“[Then] It gets into the rats. When the rats proliferate, it gets into the humans. And we now have somewhere between 12 and 20 million rats in Los Angeles, and we’re one of the only cities in the country with no rodent control program.

“If you look at the pictures of Los Angeles you’ll see that the homeless encampments are surrounded by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there.

“The last outbreak was in the 1920s. It was only because of some heroic efforts by a group of physicians that it didn’t become a massive problem. It killed everyone who came in contact with the case zero.”

With the sheer volume of people now in Los Angeles, compared to 100 years ago, this is a terrifying prospect.

Downtown Los Angeles is now infamous for its trash piles, and while those are definitely part of the problem, Pinsky said the homelessness issue is the main driver of the potential disease outbreaks. Pinsky, who has worked as a physician at psychiatric hospitals, believes the homelessness issue has been caused by an inability to properly treat the chronically mentally ill and drug addicts. The people in this population, he asserts, will not voluntarily take up offers of housing.

“The part that is now driving me to my grave, I think, on this problem that this is a population that if you walk up to them and say come on, let’s go, we’ve got a great place for you to live, the vast majority will refuse.

“People don’t believe this, but if you are chronically mentally ill, unless you have treatment it’s very difficult to live in four walls. If you’re a drug addict, you seek the streets. So there is an attachment to this lifestyle that is not being addressed.”

So, the solution Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, and Eric Garcetti tout, “affordable housing,” won’t have an effect on the “vast majority” of the homeless population.

“Housing is not the problem in Los Angeles. We just absorbed 800,000 undocumented immigrants. We’re a sanctuary city. We welcomed them with open arms. None of them are on the streets. They all found a place to live. 800,000 people in a year found a place to live.”

Adams posited that maybe elected officials focus on housing because “the real problem isn’t solvable.” Dr. Drew vehemently disagreed, describing the problem as “easily solvable, but it just doesn’t fit an ideology.” Pinsky explained that throughout human history the chronically mentally ill were put into a hospital and “cared for and stabilized and returned to their lives,” but that since the 1960’s we’ve only been able to institutionalize people involuntarily for 72 hours and only if they pose an immediate risk of harm to themselves or others. Because of this, the chronically mentally ill end up living on the streets.

Pinsky recommended changing the definition of “gravely disabled” and expanding the power of guardians and conservators so that parents of adult mentally ill or drug addicted children can more effectively care for them and get them off the streets, and said, “If these were dementia patients walking the streets and people did not help them, there would be outrage. It’s the same symptoms, caused by a different diagnosis.”

In addition, Pinsky pointed out that “60,000 people are defecating and urinating directly into the gutters every day,” so we have the untreated waste of 60,000 people flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean.

So what’s the solution? The first step, Pinsky said, is to acknowledge that we all have different brains and sometimes they get sick from time to time. After that, Pinsky said it might take the National Guard or some type of law enforcement operation to clear the homeless from the streets, assess whether they need addiction treatment or another type of mental health treatment, and go from there.

Let’s hope that it won’t take an actual outbreak of bubonic plague to spur elected officials at the state and local level to effective action.

The entire interview can be viewed here.

Jennifer Van Laar is RedState’s Deputy Managing Editor. Follow her on Twitter @jenvanlaar, or on Facebook.

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Los Angeles: City of a million rats?

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As we’ve covered here recently, Los Angeles has plenty of challenges on its plate to deal with right now. Between an exploding homelessness crisis and a cost of living index that’s driving the middle class away in droves, their problems are quickly outpacing the resources available to deal with them. But now we can add another to-do item to the list. It seems that the city’s rat population is through the roof, largely driven by the mountains of filth accumulating in the streets. (CBS Los Angeles)

Pest control and public health experts are calling on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a public health emergency over what they say is a sharp rise in the state’s rodent population.

“California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

DeMaio highlighted the findings of the group’s new report which cited an increase in the state’s homeless population, along with the elimination of the most effective pest control tools, as “significant” factors on the ongoing crisis.

The problem is actually statewide, primarily focused on the larger cities, but Los Angeles seems to be the tip of the spear on this issue. Some of their own elected officials are referring to LA as the “City of Rats” in a play on the traditional “City of Angels” moniker. Operators of pest control companies interviewed by CBS uniformly reported incidents of rat control calls being up by as much as 60% over the same time last year. None reported a decrease in calls.

So what’s causing all of this? It’s apparently a combination of factors. The homelessness crisis has led to far too many people defecating in public and the dumping of massive amounts of waste on the streets, sidewalks and any empty lots that are available. That creates a fertile breeding ground for rats and other unwanted pests.

But the state legislature has also been contributing to the crisis. They recently passed AB1788, a measure designed to ban certain “second generation” category anticoagulant rodenticides around the state. Proponents said the treatments were killing off other wildlife like coyotes. But pest control professionals claim the remaining tools of their trade aren’t effective enough to keep up with the rodent population.

Somebody is going to have to make some hard choices in terms of how badly they want to save the suburban coyotes and balance that against a million rats. (In all likelihood, there’s probably more like tens of millions. One breeding pair of rats can produce 15,000 descendants in a single year.) But poisoning them won’t work unless you can cut down on their food supply and habitat. And that means cleaning up the streets and finding more sanitary places for the homeless to rest.

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Bracing for ICE Raids, Mayor Garcetti & LA’s Police Chief Assure Illegal Immigrants: ‘We Will Not Enforce Immigration Laws’

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On Sunday, I covered New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement that the Big Apple belongs, in part, to all those in the country illegally (here).

The remark was made in defiance of national security law protecting the border, as ICE raids begin against — specifically — those court-ordered to self-deport who haven’t done so.

In the same spirit, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up the protest plate Saturday night.

Raids had been set for Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Denver, New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, and Los Angeles.

In a video released by the mayor, assurances were made:

“Rest assured: Here in Los Angeles, we are not coordinating with ICE.”

In the clip posted to Twitter, Eric noted the purported plans of the U.S. government:

“We’ve all heard reports that the Trump administration is threatening to round up and deport thousands of immigrant families in cities across America this weekend.”

In light of the fact, he offered advice to those hiding out:

“No matter their immigration status, I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them. Remember: You have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to open your door to an ICE agent that doesn’t have a warrant signed by a judge. You have the right to speak to a lawyer before signing any documents or speaking to law enforcement. And if you need help finding an attorney, you can call 311 and learn more about our Justice Fund and other resources that offer legal support. And whenever possible, keep a record of everything that happens. Take note of an officer’s name and badge number, of when and where you are being questioned, so you can use that information in your own defense.”

Up with advice, down with ICE:

“And most importantly, I want you to know: You do not need to be afraid. Your city is on your side. And rest assured: Here in Los Angeles, we are not coordinating with ICE.”

Eric stood beside LA Police Chief Michel Moore, who added his own refusal to cooperate with the government:

“We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. … Everything we do is focused on what’s best for the security and safety of all Angelenos, and consistent with our commitment to constitutional policing and deepening our community partnerships. Simply put, we are here to protect and serve all the people of Los Angeles, regardless of their immigration status.”

Eric and Michel have a unique way of addressing situations. In light of the city’s horrific homeless problem, Michel recently served up his version of a solution: Cancel all bench warrants for homeless people (here).

No word on how many times one has to defecate on the sidewalk in order to qualify as homeless and therefore receive the prize of removed warrants. But why take a chance? I say give it 4 or 5, at least.

#Piles4Pardons.

Independent thinkers, indeed.

Enjoy the video above.

-ALEX

 

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Fed Up with Officials’ Failure to Address the Homeless Crisis, Some LA Businesses Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

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As I’ve covered previously, Los Angeles has a big problem with homelessness.

Eric Garcetti’s idea of a solution: Apparently, nothing that works (here and here).

The police chief’s idea of a solution: Forgiving their warrants (here). I’m not joking.

And business owners are fed up with the substitution for solutions that work of ones that are stupid.

Therefore, they’re taking matters into their own hands.

As reported by the L.A. Times, there are currently about 60,000 people living on the streets of LA county — and the group fattened their numbers within the city limits to the tune of 16 percent over the past year.

That presents a problem: As it turns out, a buncha stinky people sleeping around a doorway doesn’t always encourage business.

Such is the case with the Hungarian Cultural Alliance — a business owned by Peter Mozgo and his wife, attorney Maria Janossy.

The couple told Fox & Friends that, in order to force the folks to find a cozy cement bed elsewhere, they anchored around 140 lager planters around their establishment.

Maria explained:

“A lot of our Hungarian expats were afraid to even drive into the streets. We decided after knocking on so many doors to try to get this resolved with the city, that we would just take matters into our hands.”

Peter noted other businesses doing the same, as the citizenry attempts to fight what the government is supposed to prevent.

Maria doesn’t understand why city officials are tolerating the problem. She and Peter are immigrants; isn’t America supposed to be freakin’ rich?

“[We] don’t understand how a rich country like the U.S., and especially California, cannot take care of this problem.”

And Peter thinks Eric is full of it:

“You see the street is getting more and more trash. I always hear from Eric Garcetti ‘we’re gonna take care of it, we’re going to remove the trash and keep our city clean.’ But not very much is happening, there is no improvement.”

Moreover, he pointed out that the city doesn’t enforce laws that require tents to be taken down each morning.

Peter and Maria aren’t alone in their frustration — a petition’s been started to recall Garcetti (here and here).

But the Hungarian pair had better watch out for the woke: A San Fran restaurant recently placed a rock outside their joint. Pro-homeless activists accused them of taking away a bed (here).

Yes, this is where we are.

And it’s a severely goofy place to be.

-ALEX

 

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LA Police Chief: In an Effort to Fight the City’s Homeless Crisis, Warrants for Homeless People Will Be Canceled

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A city worker uses a power washer to clean the sidewalk by a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

 

 

At present time, tons and tons of people are sleeping on LA’s sidewalks and defecating in public.

What’s the solution?

In part, it’s to give them a break concerning warrants for their arrest.

So thinks LA Police Chief Michel Moore, who Wednesday told The Associated Press it’s part of the cure for a major malady of the humanitarian kind:

“This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation. This matches any other calamity that this city or this region or this country has seen. It is, I believe, a social emergency.”

He’s not wrong about it being an emergency; but it’s a problem the city itself created: Allowance is encouragement.

And now, as asserted by Victor Hansen Davis, California is the country’s first Third World state.

Nicely done.

Like a delicious hotcake, in some sectors — notably San Francisco — the Golden State has become golden brown. Just fancy a look at the city’s Poop Map (here). Breakfast, anyone?

Is Michel further feeding the problem by forgiving warrants? What does that accomplish?

As for stats, take a ganders, as reported by the AP:

Homelessness rose 16% in LA over the past year , to more than 36,000 people, according to a June report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Across LA County, the count increased 12%, to nearly 59,000 people.

California’s homeless crisis came under fire this month after President Donald Trump threatened to intervene and “get that whole thing cleaned up.”

“They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti responded that he would welcome federal involvement to solve the issue.

Garcetti’s an interesting player in the plot of people plopping on public property: There’s currently a petition for a recall to send him’ packin’ (see here).

The leader of that brigade recently sent an S.O.S. message to Trump (here).

Indeed, as voiced to Tucker Carlson, Los Angeles activist Alexandra Datig doesn’t think much of Eric:

“I think we are living in third world conditions that are a threat to public health here in Los Angeles, and we have a mayor who is completely ignorant of that and he is an abysmal failure. … We have this position in the city of Los Angeles where our leaders seem to think that it’s okay to leave people on the street to die, just whistling past the graveyard. We have had over 3600 people dying on the streets of Los Angeles in the past five years.”

Police Chief Michel’s plan — which has been in the works since he assumed his post last year — is to eliminate all bench warrants for offenses such as drinking in public, blocking a sidewalk, and failure to appear in court.

So…permissiveness exacerbated the problem, and now permissiveness will help fix it, it seems.

Whatever the case, Michel needs to wipe clean the docket:

“We have hundreds of thousands of bench warrants that haven’t been served in years. We need to clear the docket.”

And anyway, he prefers “outreach”:

“Where’s our outreach workers, where’s our mental health workers?. I would love to see outreach workers wearing a vest. I would love for the public to be able to drive up and down the street and see outreach workers readily identifiable conducting outreach and engagement to people experiencing homelessness.”

Apparently, if you’ve committed public drunkenness, you’re in trouble. But if you’ve done so and then taken a slam by the curb, the government’s willing to forgive and forget.

And that’s called California.

-ALEX

 

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