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Posted by Mark Sheetz on 01/22/2018 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

I CAN'T wait to see what she thinks of San Diego!

Posted by Mark Sheetz on 01/22/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Hoover-Foster Library Effort Gathers Steam

We also had a library on San Pablo right past the Jug Club called the Cambridge branch. I went to Durant , Hoover , an Westlake growing up on 34th..glad to see this effort for an area decimated by BART and the "freeways"

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 01/22/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I lived in Oakland from 2012 until 2015 When I got there I was amazed at the homeless situation I am an east coaster that moved from the Midwest . The tolerance is very high there. Im in Seattle now and I feel its worse here, I went back to Oakland in 2016 it seemed like there were less homeless or just not as visable... I used to take the freeway to Alameda and drove by all the tents under the bridge Its seem to just be status quo as the young people drink their Starbucks coffee have their food delivered by Amazon and Uber around everywhere. The food banks here though are amazing ... donation by Whole Foods aka Amazon Trader Joes and Local farmers market... its easy to get SNAP food assistance and Apple health Aka Medicaid in Washington state too. I feel the housing is just as expensive if not more here!!! I want to go back to Oakland but not sure I can even afford a room there... the whole crisis is just awful we need mental institutions again I have seen the craziest shit since living in Seattle mentally ill and drug addicts out of their minds!!

Posted by Karen Wagner on 01/22/2018 at 6:54 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I wonder what criteria is needed to seize property by eminent domain. I see so many abandoned buildings in disrepair in Oakland-or just vacant because no one can afford to rent-couldn't these properties be seized and converted into affordable housing?

Posted by LBELL on 01/22/2018 at 5:48 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I too am a bay area native... My people came to California from the dust bowl; Picked fruit and cotton in the central valley and dealt with "sundown towns"... Okies.

For most of my life, I couldn't afford to live in Oakland, San Francisco or any of the other cool parts of the bay area. No city had an obligation to find me housing in the places I wanted to live. It was my responsibility to find a place I could afford, just as it was for "my people".

I've lived on the streets of Oakland. I didn't like it and I hustled my butt off to get out of that situation. Not everyone can do that. Many that I knew when I was on the streets do need help. Mental health help, substance abuse help, education. No amount of food or warehousing will do that, but that's all the "activists" call for.... Get 'em off the streets where we can't see 'em.

Yes, it's a social problem... The problem is that as a society, education isn't valued... Athletic prowess, popularity, notoriety and the ability to scream are valued above all else.

Until THAT changes, nothing will and people will be trapped as minimum wage slaves.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/22/2018 at 3:29 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Clara and Erik both have it right I think. This is not an issue that can be resolved at the local level. This is a state-level or even multi-state/national problem.

California's major cities are left-leaning, have mild-climates, and are compassionate. These attributes and the services that they offer render them homeless beacons. We're struggling not just with our own ever-mounting locally-sourced homeless problem from the rising cost of living, but we're also struggling under the weight of the greater part of the nations' homelessness.

The irony here is that our cities' compassion and services strains the resources available to help the homeless.

Meanwhile, there was the court case proving that Nevada intentionally ships their homeless population to California on buses. They aren't the only place that does this.

All of this strains city resources, rendering west-coast cities less capable of providing assistance. It's not sustainable or reasonable to expect the major west coast cities to handle the full brunt of the nations homelessness problem.

San Francisco's services do a pretty good job I think. They invest an incredible amount of money, and have a pretty good turnover rate getting people back into housing situations and employment. But they're fighting against constant influx.

I think a comprehensive regional funding solution is needed, so that the most compassionate cities are not punished for providing more services (and thus disproportionately attracting more people seeking said services).

Posted by Sid Grabosky on 01/22/2018 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Why isn't this woman in jail??? Any other person who assaulted someone in this way would have been arrested and put in jail!!! She's a criminal and should be treated as such. I'd imagine that a felony conviction would resolve the problem of her being an elected official, that would probably call for immediate dismissal.

Posted by Rebecca Magdaleno Rankins on 01/22/2018 at 12:39 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

This is a social crisis and people like "Bay Area Native" suggesting people with low paying jobs should just move somewhere cheaper isn't helping. This is called "I got mine, f*ck the rest." I assume "Bay Area Native" doesn't frequent such places as bars, cafes, grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, etc whose employees mostly rely on minimum wage and tips. Should low wage workers all be bussed in from Alabama to work in SF?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/22/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

For the person who suggested moving: If you are homeless, do you think you have the resources for a major move? or travel, at all? And once there, salaries are also lower, not just cost of living, and the weather conditions are much more severe, making sleeping outside potentially fatal. This latter reason is why many disabled folks as well as homeless are here in the first place; we have accessibility and relatively mild weather.

Posted by Kimberly Vergez on 01/22/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

The western states need to work together to come up with a strategy and budget that will house and care for people?
The western electorate needs to recognize that unrestrained population growth is not a good thing for the people. It does enrich the rent seekers, though.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/22/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

This is not just a problem in California, it goes all the way up I-5. Cities can not adequately address this issue on their own. The western states need to work together to come up with a strategy and budget that will house and care for people who have no options left but to camp out all the way from San Diego to Seattle.

Posted by Clara 1 on 01/22/2018 at 11:12 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Even during the so-called Great Depression, homelessness in Oakland was not a major issue. Pipe City only lasted six months. What is different today? Population, the word no one dare mention.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/22/2018 at 8:55 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

A.P.R.I.L: If you cannot afford the rents in Oakland/Berkeley, then why not move to someplace that you can afford, such as the Midwest or South? Living in the Bay Area or California is not a right. It may sound cruel and selfish, but it seems pragmatic and obvious for survival.

Posted by Bay Area Native on 01/21/2018 at 10:10 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Has Ms Farha suggested a solution?

Posted by BSplenda on 01/21/2018 at 9:31 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I believe that until the term "affordable housing" is redefined (on a federal level), homelessness will continue. A person living
on disability receives a monthly check of $910. Yes, they have medical coverage, but they are not allowed "food stamps".
I've shopped for rentals in the Oakland/Berkeley area; renting a room in someone else's place runs 1000.to 1400 a month, plus utilities. People need to get real.

Posted by a.p.r.i.l. on 01/21/2018 at 9:23 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Id like to know if there is a way that I can meet or talk with Ms Farha. I am one of the people living in an RV being harassed in San Diego.

Posted by Valerie Grischy on 01/21/2018 at 8:45 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Please ask Leilani Farha to look into the situation in El Cajon, CA, very close to San Diego, where they have outlawed sharing food specifically for charitable reasons. They handed out "arrest" citations last week to people for distributing pre-packaged food. San Diego Food Not Bombs will be out again January 27th at Wells Park.

Posted by Mel Red on 01/21/2018 at 8:33 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Its just as bad if not worse in San Diego. El Cajon made it illegal to feed the homeless and San Diego has battled a Hep A outbreak due to lack of facilities for the homeless

Posted by Colleen Prentice on 01/21/2018 at 8:19 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Wow. I hope that the homeless in Oakland will be okay.

Posted by Tenji95 on 01/21/2018 at 6:27 PM

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