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This really does a lot to show how out of touch the city of berkeley is with their homeless community. One visit to any of these camps and you can immediatly see that any solution to this problem must first include drug and alcohol treatment. Lets make a realistic path to end homelessness, not just build nicer homeless camps.
Thanks to Bartlett we are on a new oath. A path that is real not Rreguins pie in the sky scheme
Koncentration kamp will go empty and that's what pathways. A pathway straight to lockdown a ghetto of undesirables
The realities underlying the immigration debate are that we have more than enough people, more than enough imported poor people (see The Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants in California, Los Angeles County, and the United States by Karina Fortuny et al; the February 9, 2006 report by the California Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) on efficacy of border police; the Analysis of the California 2001-02 Budget Bill by the LAO), and more than enough imported criminals (read about Jamiel Shaw, Kate Steinle, Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez, ); consider the disproportionate medicare fraud, food stamp fraud, and mortgage fraud by recent arrivals from cultures in which crime and fraud are normal - look up Glendale medicare fraud. Look up HHS OIG Most Wanted.
George Rockwell has a valid point. We should also implement the visa entry exit system that was legislated years ago. It has been 17 years since the entry-exit system was first enacted in the 1996 immigration bill.
However. the forces for easy entry are wealthy and powerful. Look up Gelbaum and the Sierra Club. Look up Clinton, Huang, andJames Riady.
Who knew there were 12,000 homeless people on Berkeley's streets?
"But for a city with 10 percent of the population on the streets, tiny homes are not space efficient."
Only off by approximately an order of magnitude!
Tiny homes (usagi goya) are a consequence of over population. There are no alternatives when the land has been fully developed.
Tokyo is the Bay Area's future.
@ Christoverre Kohler
I don't recall many homeless in Berkeley when I was a student there in the 1950s. And rent was quite affordable. $135/month split three ways for a brand new 2 bedroom apartment at Ridge and La Loma.
What the hey happened?
Of course Oakland leaderswon't be able to handle a public bank, just look at how they're handling our potholes!
About this 'Wall' business, and the illegals it is supposed to keep out: Sweep it aside for a moment and riddle me this--Why is there NEVER a discussion about what is required to become a LEGAL immigrant? What do these wretches have to do that they haven't or won't,.. present a fortune in fees, fill out forms in legible English, grease the right consular/embassy palms (as if..), and wait, and wait, and wait, like in 'Casablanca'? This aspect really should be admitted as evidence.. for the source of the problem. Well, one source, the other being US' Monrovian foreign policy..
I agree George needs a hug and Micheal comes off as an angry troll. Your not helping the liberal cause spewing venom. You make us sound as bad as the otherside dude. Open your mind and your ass will follow.
Lousy idea - kennel homeless people in sheds?
Other places have been markedly succeeding with the Housing First approach, which provides people real homes like other people have. That can restore then OUT of this kind of underclass that this plan would more permanently condemn them to.
Mayor Tom Bates said Berkeley has been receiving mutli-MILLION$ of dollars EVERY YEAR ostensibly to "help the homeless". But try to find a cogent line-item budget for just HOW all that money's been spent.
There's little to no excuse for why Berkeley has NOT already been using the PROVEN "Housing First" way.
I want Wall Street's role in the overall global economy to be less than it is today. It would be great to eliminate them from Oakland altogether.
However, Oakland has frequent management and corruption problems and may not be capable of managing a bank. If Wall Street isn't held accountable why would the Oakland bank be any different?
Micro pads sound like an excellent step for Berkeley. But a regional alliance could also be formed to plan for housing so that a coordinated approach can be taken.
I wonder if proponents of tiny homes are taking into account utility hookups and earthquake engineering which will require a set foundation. Adding those items in will make them as expensive as any other type of construction on a per square foot basis.
George needs a hug.
george rockwell has the problem all bigots and fools suffer...
belief in his own stunted humanity and lack of informed real world solutions... racist and jingoist with a touch of sexist nonsense for distraction... a black female, namely Rep. Barbara Lee has been the voice for reason and justifiable restraint from hatred and war mongering just for one prominent example... george rockwell has not made any convincing points to justify his ignorance... george rockwell is a constant embarrassment to any sentient being...
I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.
@Berkeleyhills- a credit union functions as a customer to an existing bank, and thus doesn't go outside the "Wall Street" establishment
Why not a credit union?
After reading Ellen Brown's book, I thought that a Bank of Oakland COULD be a good thing for Oakland's finances and thus our social and environmental foundation.
However, we need to keep in mind the history of Oakland's financial dealings and many high expectations profoundly dashed because of management incompetence and a failure of elected officials to think critically.
Thus these statements from the essay are especially relevant:
"Oakland would need to make a strong case that its got a solid business plan, and has the capital to finance it, or a good management team to execute it."
"If the bank takes on unprofitable loans intended to help the community, the riskier loans might be more prone to default and could run the bank into the ground."
"The management team chosen to run the bank will be required to have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. With little precedent, these dual qualifications might be hard to find."
Finally, I have some doubts about the projected income from the cannabis industry. Right now with cannabis somewhat decriminalized and the medical pot biz maintaining high prices, selling pot may be a good business. When recreational cultivation use becomes legally less restrictive next year I wonder whether potheads will continue to pay $200 or more an ounce for a plant that is as easy to grow in a garden or a flowerpot as basil, chives or parsley.
A few years back, a group of skateboarders started using a long concrete bench as a ledge in an Emeryville park around the corner from my job. At first I was a annoyed to see them scuffing things up in our brand new park, but then I saw that they were out there every day practicing their skills and filming each other in action.
I realized they were doing exactly what we say we want young people to do: get out in the fresh air and exercise, work together cooperatively, learn discipline, patience, and persistence, be independent. These are kids we should support and encourage with more spaces they can call their own.
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