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Adam Schiff’s Under Threat of Being Unseated by a Drag Queen – Because America Needs ‘More Everyday People in Congress’

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Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff’s got someone gunnin’ for his seat.

Earlier this year, in a hip area of LA, history was made: A drag queen was elected to local government.

And now that dandy dude — who snagged a place on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council — is comin’ for Adam.

That’s right: In 2020, the entertainer known as Maebe A. Girl will be maybe a congressman.

According to Route Fifty, Maebe will go face-to-heavily-made-up-face with Adam in an open primary.

Maebe considers Adam an ally of homosexuals. But he believes the gay community needs an actual gay person in the House of Representatives defending their interests, not just some friend of theirs tryin’ to get the job done:

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Right now, Washington’s all messed up — Congress is full of rich white guys. Maebe wants to fix that hogwash; it’s time for Capitol Hill to get some regular ol’ everyday-American folks:

“We need more everyday people in Congress—its overwhelmingly older, white, wealthy men, and that’s just not representative of America, or my district.”

So does Maebe wanna be a congressman or congresswoman? Well, as per People, he identifies as transgender, which means, of course, he fancies himself female. But he also considers himself gender fluid, which — I’m assuming — means he’s neither and both and other sexes, too.

He’s the real him, and he’s also Maebe:

“People will say ‘I can’t take her seriously with that name, but it’s really just a statement about gender norms. I don’t feel like there’s a difference between Maebe A. Girl and me.”

In 2018, Adam received over 75% of the vote.

But Maebe’s got a secret weapon:

“It’s…hard for people to ignore you in drag.”

Absolutely true.

Maybe we’ll see Adam rise to the occasion and fight fire with fire. Maybe he’ll become Adaline Schiff.

Maebe.

-ALEX

 

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Protest Erupts At A Washington Drag Queen Story Hour, & One Claim Seems Too Insane To Be True. Is It?

Woke Collision: San Fran Homeless Advocates Go To War With Gay Sushi Restaurant Over A Rock Where A Body Should Be

Accused Burglar Throws Human Feces At The Judge In Court. Then The Jury Acquits Him

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Texas Has a Growing Homeless Problem, and California May Shoulder a Good Deal of Blame

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The issue of homelessness in Texas has been on the rise, specifically in its capital of Austin.

According to the Washington Post, staunch Democrats in Austin have expressed a desire to switch parties purely out of the way the city has handled homelessness, which lately, includes allowing them to sleep anywhere they’d like:

But as Paul, 50, sprawled out shirtless on the sidewalk on a 100-degree day, shop owner Craig Staley stood a few feet away on Congress Avenue reconsidering his party affiliation.

“I got two emails last month from customers who said, ‘I can’t go to your store anymore because it smells like urine,’” said Staley, who operates Royal Blue Grocery. “I am a Democrat at heart; I have been in Austin, Texas, for over 30 years. But I am telling you, I am feeling a lot more red these days when it comes to my business.”

Over the past couple of months, Governor Greg Abbott has been giving the issue his personal attention and considering actions to take against the Democratic leadership of Austin for its allowance of homeless people to take over the streets. As he does this, Austin Mayor Steve Adler is going to California to talk to leaders who specialize in creating the problem for advice.

In fact, the policies surrounding the homeless in Austin look a lot like the kind seen in San Francisco and Los Angeles, both of which have a level of homeless so extreme that medieval diseases are making a comeback. This is on top of the mounting drug problem and excess of trash that litters the streets. In San Francisco, the homeless problem also comes with seeing an inordinate amount of used needles littering the sidewalk and a feces problem.

Austin seems to be heading in the same direction.

“They thought it would be compassionate and not a big deal, but it has been an absolute disaster for this city,” said Matt Mackowiak, chairman of the GOP party of Travis county according to WaPo. “This is our best example of [liberal] overreach, so we have been very strategic focusing on this issue.”

According to Austin’s homeless, California may be partly to blame for the rising tide.

“They said there is a waiting list of at least six months,” Curtis Underwood, a homeless man said. “I guess I need to get a job, but the rent is so expensive because all the people from California are moving here.”

As businesses move to Texas, it brings with them their coastal employees. The rent skyrockets, driving people into the streets. However, it may not just the economy doing so either. The rate at which the homeless are growing is monumental, and it may be that the homeless in California are hearing about the opportunities in Texas and are heading there themselves.

They’re heading there with the help of the state of California, no less.

According to a 2017 article from The Guardian, California has been bussing out its homeless problem for some time, essentially paying for bus tickets out of the state and sending them elsewhere, using America’s national bussing companies as a valve to release pressure on itself. Texas is likely one of them, especially with its business boom giving out of state officials the idea that warmer climes and better business opportunities may give them a good chance of getting back on their feet.

There has yet to be a hard count on the number of homeless people California has bussed to Texas, but we do know that California’s impoverished do like to migrate to the Lone Star State. A 2017 article from the Sacramento Bee shows that when it comes to those in California who live below the poverty line, most choose Texas:

The leading destination for those leaving California is Texas, with about 293,000 economically disadvantaged residents leaving and about 137,000 coming for a net loss of 156,000 from 2005 through 2015. Next up are states surrounding California; in order, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

All told, California lost about 260,000 economically disadvantaged residents to the 10 states with the lowest cost of living during that time period, compared to a net gain of about 40,000 from the 10 states (other than California) with the highest cost of living.

It’s not unreasonable to assume many of the homeless would choose a bus ticket out of town for the greener, job-filled pastures of Texas.

So we have Californians moving here to drive up the rent, Texas Democrats getting advice on how to handle it, and California likely bussing its homeless to Texas.

 

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City ignores business owner’s pleas for help: ‘Downtown LA is a hellscape’

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NBC4 in Los Angeles reported Tuesday that a business owner in downtown LA has been trying for months to get the city to clean up a homeless camp set up in an alley directly behind his business. However, even after a fire forced him to call the fire department, no one from the city seems interested in cleaning up the mess.

“Downtown LA is a hellscape now. And I don’t know who’s in charge of keeping it clean and nice but they’re not doing it. And I think that’s pretty shameful,” Josh Kaye said…

A week before, Kaye, who works at Lunch Money clothing, said there was a fire in the encampment that nearly jumped the fence to his business…

“We had to call the fire department. They came out, opened the gate, saw the carnage, told us you know what, sorry guys, there’s nothing we can do — can’t touch it, can’t clean it up. You should contact 311,” he said.

Of course, it’s not the fire department’s job to clean up garbage, but when Kaye called LA’s 311 line he was ignored. He has called the city at least 15 times in the past 5 months and no one has ever come to clean up the alley.

This is part of an ongoing pattern in Los Angeles. Earlier this year there was a typhus outbreak connected to fleas living on rats that make their homes in the mounds of trash collecting on the city’s streets. Despite that, in May the same station reported on a massive pile of garbage which had collected on Ceres Avenue downtown.

But no matter how many people called to ask the city to do something about the mess, it just kept getting bigger. Finally, after NBC 4 pressed the issue with the Mayor, the street was cleaned up.

In July, NBC 4 reported on 12 tons of rat-infested garbage which piled up in a space where a building had burned down. If you’re wondering what caused the building to burn, the answer is a homeless camp. After contacting LA’s mayor (who was at a conference in Hawaii) the garbage was cleaned up the same day.

Just a few weeks ago there was a large fire at a tent camp in the Sepulveda basin which was home to about 100 people. After the fire, the city sent crews to clean up the mess. Only two of the 100 people who had lived in the camp accepted the offer of a bed in a city shelter.

As the report below shows, the problem of dumping, garbage, and homeless people living in these areas continues. Unless you have the ability, as NBC 4 does, to put this on television and call the mayor directly about cleaning up the mess, the city’s default posture is to ignore pleas for help and do nothing.

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Los Angeles earthquake app upgraded to actually warn about earthquakes

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Last month, shortly after the two, big, back-to-back quakes that rocked California, I wrote about an app that Los Angeles residents can install on their phones to warn them about earthquakes. It’s called ShakeAlert, and it’s one of the more practical ideas that any municipal government has come up with, in living memory. But there was one glaring problem that showed up quickly. Neither of those quakes triggered the app, so Angelinos received no warning about them.

The problem, as it turned out, was that the app didn’t look for quakes outside the borders of Los Angeles, and when tremors were felt inside the city it wasn’t triggered unless the quake registered magnitude five or higher. Since those two big quakes were centered to the northwest and the actual shaking inside the city didn’t reach level five, no alert was sounded. Well, after a few weeks of review, the city made some changes this week to improve matters. (CBS Los Angeles)

Although the notification system worked correctly, USGS had designed the app so that an alert would only be sent out if shaking registered at a threshold of magnitude 5.0 within L.A. County.

Since neither earthquake registered at a 5.0, residents did not receive an alert. Based on the criticism the city and USGS received, on July 24 the threshold for notifications was lowered to magnitude 4.5.

The ShakeAlert system is based on a network of in-ground sensors developed by USGS to detect seismic activity.

Perhaps getting an alert for magnitude 4.5 tremors is better than leaving it at 5.0. If that works better for the residents of the city, great. But I feel compelled to ask the same question I posed last month since it hasn’t been addressed here. Seriously large (magnitude 7 and above) quakes can travel a very long distance, just as we saw last month. But the way the Los Angeles system is set up, you’re not going to get a warning until the quake is already upon you, or at best a second or two before.

Couldn’t this system have a higher threshold for quakes centered further away? If the USGS registers a magnitude 7 quake fifty miles to the north and that triggered an immediate alert in Los Angeles, that might give them up to a minute to get outside, under a doorway, into a bathtub or whatever their disaster plan suggests. I’m neither a tech guy nor a geologist, so I’m just spitballing here, but doesn’t that seem like it would be more useful?

On a related topic, earlier today I wrote about the tsunami threat facing Oregon (as well as most of that region of the coast) and it got me to wondering. Does Oregon have a tsunami app?

They sure do! It’s provided by FEMA. I was unable to find a demo of the app, but if it performs as advertised it might be one of the most useful things you could ever put on your phone. (Assuming you live in the area under threat.) If that big subduction zone off the pacific northwest coast pounds out another killer quake and this app goes off immediately, residents could have up to ninety minutes to get to higher ground. That could be a life or death difference.

But the app doesn’t just warn you that a tsunami may be imminent. It tracks your location and provides maps to the closet routes to safety, shelters and emergency services. It’s rare that we get the chance here to write about the government actually doing something useful, so it’s a happy day when we can point out a story like this one.

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Los Angeles earthquake app upgraded to actually warn about earthquakes

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Last month, shortly after the two, big, back-to-back quakes that rocked California, I wrote about an app that Los Angeles residents can install on their phones to warn them about earthquakes. It’s called ShakeAlert, and it’s one of the more practical ideas that any municipal government has come up with, in living memory. But there was one glaring problem that showed up quickly. Neither of those quakes triggered the app, so Angelinos received no warning about them.

The problem, as it turned out, was that the app didn’t look for quakes outside the borders of Los Angeles, and when tremors were felt inside the city it wasn’t triggered unless the quake registered magnitude five or higher. Since those two big quakes were centered to the northwest and the actual shaking inside the city didn’t reach level five, no alert was sounded. Well, after a few weeks of review, the city made some changes this week to improve matters. (CBS Los Angeles)

Although the notification system worked correctly, USGS had designed the app so that an alert would only be sent out if shaking registered at a threshold of magnitude 5.0 within L.A. County.

Since neither earthquake registered at a 5.0, residents did not receive an alert. Based on the criticism the city and USGS received, on July 24 the threshold for notifications was lowered to magnitude 4.5.

The ShakeAlert system is based on a network of in-ground sensors developed by USGS to detect seismic activity.

Perhaps getting an alert for magnitude 4.5 tremors is better than leaving it at 5.0. If that works better for the residents of the city, great. But I feel compelled to ask the same question I posed last month since it hasn’t been addressed here. Seriously large (magnitude 7 and above) quakes can travel a very long distance, just as we saw last month. But the way the Los Angeles system is set up, you’re not going to get a warning until the quake is already upon you, or at best a second or two before.

Couldn’t this system have a higher threshold for quakes centered further away? If the USGS registers a magnitude 7 quake fifty miles to the north and that triggered an immediate alert in Los Angeles, that might give them up to a minute to get outside, under a doorway, into a bathtub or whatever their disaster plan suggests. I’m neither a tech guy nor a geologist, so I’m just spitballing here, but doesn’t that seem like it would be more useful?

On a related topic, earlier today I wrote about the tsunami threat facing Oregon (as well as most of that region of the coast) and it got me to wondering. Does Oregon have a tsunami app?

They sure do! It’s provided by FEMA. I was unable to find a demo of the app, but if it performs as advertised it might be one of the most useful things you could ever put on your phone. (Assuming you live in the area under threat.) If that big subduction zone off the pacific northwest coast pounds out another killer quake and this app goes off immediately, residents could have up to ninety minutes to get to higher ground. That could be a life or death difference.

But the app doesn’t just warn you that a tsunami may be imminent. It tracks your location and provides maps to the closet routes to safety, shelters and emergency services. It’s rare that we get the chance here to write about the government actually doing something useful, so it’s a happy day when we can point out a story like this one.

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WTH: Ghislaine Maxwell photographed … having a burger at an In-N-Out in L.A.

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Am I hallucinating?

Is this really her?

Because it sure looks like her.

Yesterday the word was that she was hiding out in a mansion in New England, unwilling to show her face in public. This morning the Daily Beast offered a new lead, claiming that she’s in France — possibly at an apartment in a ritzy part of Paris owned by Epstein, and in such deep seclusion that she won’t even take calls from friends.

Turns out, no, she’s in L.A. Among the public.

Having a burger at In-N-Out.

AND POSING FOR PHOTOS UPON REQUEST.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

The 57-year-old was photographed alive and well Monday by an eagle-eyed diner at the burger joint in Universal City, Los Angeles.

Once spotted, Maxwell — who was sitting alone with a pet pooch — told an onlooker: “Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!”

“He’s at In-N-Out every single day,” the source said [of the photographer]. “He went up to her and asked, ‘Are you who I think you are?’ She replied, ‘Yes, I am.’”

Maxwell was reading a book called “The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives” and seemed resigned to having her picture snapped, the source said.

She’s out and about, less than a week after Epstein died, toting around a book about CIA OPERATIVES DYING MYSTERIOUSLY.

Is this some sort of troll? WHAT IS HAPPENING?

I will say that, in hindsight, it seems so simple to guess what city she was in. Where else would a degenerate feel safer showing her face in public than in L.A.?

But why would she be at an In-N-Out, of all places? In addition to her many other crimes, Maxwell is patronizing the chain with the worst fries in America.

No, really, though, this has to be a prank. America is a tolerant place — complacent, even — but I have to believe that an accused co-conspirator in an international pedophile sex-trafficking ring would feel anxious about her public safety while roaming the streets, especially at a moment when she’s in a white-hot media spotlight. Either the photo sent to the Post is old or a Maxwell lookalike is pranking the paper. The book is the “tell.”

Okay, deep breath. At least that’s the last crazy Epstein story we’ll need to endure from the New York Post tod—- WAIT, WHAT:

The American flags on Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island have been lowered to half-staff in the wake of his apparent suicide behind bars, according to a new report…

Though it wasn’t clear who lowered the two flags on each end of the 70-acre property, Quinn said she believes it was one of Epstein’s employees.

“They’re doing this as a remembrance, but the irony is he’ll only be remembered for the deviance,” Quinn said of the convicted pedophile and accused child sex trafficker.

Let this serve as formal public notice that I’m organizing a mission to the islands to raise the flags. We’re going to storm the beach, take out Epstein’s pedophile praetorian guard, and rise the Stars and Stripes like it’s farking Iwo Jima. Either that or Trump should just nuke the islands. It may be his best chance at reelection, to be honest.

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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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HUD withholding $80M from Los Angeles

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Is this another sign of the ongoing turf war between the White House and California or just business as usual at the Department of Housing and Urban Development? There’s a bit of a face-off going on this week between HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It involves $80 million in grant money that was slated for the City of a Million Rats, designated to be used for the development of affordable housing, but now the cash is being put on hold. The reason? Los Angeles has been repeatedly found in violation of rules requiring their housing projects to be fully accessible to residents with disabilities. (LA Times)

In an unwelcome turn for a city suffering from a homelessness crisis, federal housing officials said they have denied Los Angeles $80 million in funds, citing long-standing failures by local leaders to ensure that properties built with government money are accessible to those who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson informed Mayor Eric Garcetti in a letter Friday that his agency was rebuffing funding proposals submitted by city officials last month.

“As you have been notified time and again, the city is unlawfully discriminating against individuals with disabilities in its affordable housing program, under federal accessibility laws … and has refused to take the steps necessary to remedy this discrimination,” Carson wrote. He said a more detailed explanation for the rejection would be sent to the city within 15 days.

The requirements in question seem pretty basic. They’re talking about ramps and suitably wide elevators for people in wheelchairs and grab rails to assist in getting up and down. You also need to make sure that closets are wide enough to be accessed from a wheelchair and kitchen counters aren’t too high to reach. The repeated failure to pass inspections for such features in Los Angeles public housing is cited as the reason for denying the funds.

Some might see the evil hand of the Bad Orange Man in the background, looking to deprive the sanctuary city of more money, and it’s certainly possible that the Trump administration could see that as a side benefit. But the reality is that this dispute predates both Trump’s time as President and Garcetti’s time as Mayor. This fight has been going on since 2012 when the Obama administration went after Los Angeles for exactly the same reasons. And seven years later they are still failing inspections.

There’s more than a bit of irony in the idea that one of the most woke cities in the country is getting hammered for being insufficiently sensitive to the needs of the disabled. But this is no laughing matter. The City of Angels is being crushed by an epidemic of homeless people and toxic trash and human waste piling up in the streets. And a lot of the homeless are disabled themselves. If they’re going to get them under a roof, they will need to practice what they preach and ensure that the facilities are accessible to everyone, and not just those who are physically able.

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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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California governor suddenly not so popular

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What’s going on with California Governor Gavin Newsom these days? After roughly six months in office, you might think that the Democratic chief executive of our nation’s largest state would be the bell of the ball, but the most recent polling shows that this isn’t the case at all. In fact, the number of Golden State residents who disapprove of Newsom is almost precisely the same as those who approve. There’s clearly a mystery here to be solved. (CBS San Francisco)

There has been a ten point increase in the number of Californians who say they “disapprove” when asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Gavin Newsom is handling his job as governor?”

That is according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll taken between July 10-15 that surveyed 1,125 California voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent.

In February 2019, only 28 percent told Quinnipiac they disapprove of Newsom’s job performance. But in July, that number rose to 38 percent. His approval ratings have stayed the same, at about 39 percent, but the undecided voters have declined, indicating more people are making up their minds and choosing disapproval.

As the poll results reveal, this isn’t actually a case of Newsom’s approval numbers dropping. It’s more a situation where there were a lot of voters still undecided earlier in the year and now they’ve made up their minds. And collectively, they’ve decided they’re not happy with the job “The Gavinator” (as he asked to be called during the campaign) has been doing.

While this isn’t totally unheard of, most newly elected leaders tend to get a bit of a honeymoon period during their first months in office, so a 39% approval rating is definitely on the low side. And it’s not as if the general electorate objected to him. In the 2018 election, Newsom beat his Republican challenger 61-38. It was a landslide. You’d expect him to at least be up near fifty with that level of turnout. Also, he was the Lieutenant Governor for eight years prior to that, so people should know him by now. Further, he became something of a liberal sensation back when he was the Mayor of San Francisco and ordered the City Clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Don’t they still love him?

Perhaps not. He may not have been in office for long and all of the state’s problems can’t fairly be hung around shoulders, but people expect results and things haven’t been going well. For one thing, the state’s urban population centers are currently being overrun with filth and vermin. Los Angeles was recently described as the City of a Million Rats, and other municipalities (including his home town) have similar issues.

No doubt related to the rat problem, the state is also awash in homeless people, particularly in the major cities. Even the early estimates of the homeless population were found to be significantly on the low side. This leads to outbreaks of disease, is bad for tourism and makes the locals unhappy.

On top of all that, the state is experiencing something of an exodus of middle class working people. The reason is that between all the taxes and fees, combined with skyrocketing real estate prices, nobody can afford to live there unless they are extremely wealthy or living on the streets. One recent study estimated that any worker leaving San Francisco and moving to Austin, Texas would immediately receive the equivalent of a 46% increase in income just because of the lower cost of living.

All of that adds up to trouble for any politician. And Newsom volunteered to be the captain of this ship so he gets the blame when the iceberg is approaching. Well… you asked for the job, Governor and now you’ve got it. Enjoy.

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