For the 10,000 most destitute among us, Alameda County has always offered General Assistance, a program that hands out a few hundred bucks a month to seriously impoverished residents. But the county's Social Services Agency is in debt to the tune of $11 million, and officials decided a few months back to limit the amount of time you can receive General Assistance to three months. Social workers and homeless advocates raised a big stink and delayed the new policy for a while, but according to the Oakland Tribune, that strategy has run out of gas. Starting today, the clock starts ticking for any G.A. recipient under 64 who is physically and mentally fit for work. County officials estimate the new policy will save $3 million over the next six months.