Homeless Veterans Camping at the Westwood V.A. Need Basic Serivices: Water, Porta Potties, Showers, Trash Pick Up. Billions in Defense Budget But Zero for Homeless Vets.
by Uncle Paulie
by Uncle Paulie
by Uncle Paulie
As our last video showed, hundreds of veterans are living in tents, both on and off the VA Facility in Westwood A group of Old Veterans Guard has been collecting donations and putting up nice tents for those in need. Our trip this week, with a carload of food, was interesting as there are even more tents on the inside and outside of the property than we saw on our trip last week. Those on the outside are not allowed in to use the washing or bathroom facilities. Conditions almost rival that of some battlefield situations where you at least would get food, water and rotation out. The veterans have organized their camp on the outside, and keeping it as clean as possible, removing trash, etc. They are doing the best they can.
We picked up a load of bagged sandwiches from the West Hollywood Food Coalition and the Salvation Army. These are complete lunches made by high school students and concerned parents. The official food banks are running low on food according to our information. A group we volunteer with, Earth Harmony Foundation, has seen it’s food donations fall by about 80% from the markets that donate “expired food”. The government food chain is tottering, and hopefully will not collapse, as thousands of folks depend on it. Here’s our video below, we hope to put up an interview with the Veterans in the next few days. Video by Julie Webster.
Video courtesy of Paul Hunt, Facebook
Things are definitely getting worse in Los Angeles as the so-called “Lock Down” continues. Food supplies at homeless shelters are running low. Despite the City claiming that homeless are being put into hotels, the number on the streets seems to have increased. As more and more layoffs occur, more folks will lose their apartments and be out on the street. The homeless camp at the V.A. pictured in the video has grown in the last few weeks, and now over 50 tents are actually on the front lawn of the property, as well as two encampments on the outside. Questions for the VA:
Can the VA provide the homeless veterans with portable bathrooms and showers?
Can the VA provide food for the homeless veterans who are sleeping around the compound?
Can the VA provide medical help to the homeless veterans?
Can the VA provide any personal protection masks, disinfectants and gloves?’
Can the VA even provide trash cans and help keep the area clean? It looks pretty bad.
They want you to fight and die for your country. Can they bring themselves to organize these facilities to take care of the veterans in the time of their need?
As we have seen, the collapse of California’s Recycling program has caused problems and huge losses in many sectors. The closing of Recycling giant RePlanet and many other recycling centers like the huge Santa Monica Recycling Center was the end result of gross mismanagement by various City and State Bureaucrats. The head of CalRecycle is said to be resigning at the end of the year. Meanwhile, consumers struggle to find places to redeem their bottles and cans. Stores and chains that refuse to pay back the deposits/or send a $100 per day extortion fee to the State are being fined, like the recent CVS $3.6 million.
How did we get to this point? Certainly the Federal Government bears some responsibility. The China trade war resulted in China stopping and/or slowing its massive buying of recycled products from the U.S. “We don’t want your trash” they said. Part of that problem would be the big exporters dumping too much contaminants into the loads. Part is retaliation for U.S. trade sanctions. A big slow-down of China purchases of scrap caused the prices to fall, putting pressure on our recycling industry. The big losers in all this are not just RePlanet type shops, but the cunsumers have been really screwed.
The State of California, meanwhile, continues to rake in the bucks. They make money either way. Now that hundreds of recycling centers have closed, payouts for redeeming bottles and cans go down, but income from charging consumers 5 and 10 cents per container continues to pour in to State coffers by the millions. A bigger profit for the greedy State. Plus they now can collect millions more by fining the stores for not complying with the rules. The chains and convenience stores did not see this coming, and they didn’t want to have to take back cans and bottles, it’s at times a logistical nightmare for them.
Plus, the State makes even more money by telling consumers to dump their recycled cans and bottles into the “Blue Bins” run by the cities, more money for their partners in this scam, the local cities. This big mess calls the whole program into question. Why should the State be involved at all? Why not let consumers not pay ANY deposit, and just run campaigns to push them to recycle at scrap yards for market prices? The retailers, stores and chains would be very happy with this. The consumers would be happy not to pay the deposit. The thieves who smuggle in millions of bottles to California scrap yards from other states would be out of business. More scrap yards will open up to process the bottles and cans. Low income and homeless could once again make a few bucks and get some exercise hunting for scrap.
California should shut down this program. They can do better by just being cheerleaders for recycling and helping and encouraging the recycling industry to make advancements. The bottle deposit scam should end now.
by Paul Hunt
In past posts we have shown that the State of California’s Recycling Program has cheated consumers in many ways, the latest being to destroy the network of their own sub-contractors and squeezing them until they were forced to close. Not only was RePlanet pushed out, but cities like Santa Monica also closed their entire recycling yard. We exposed their FRAUD in their own words and documents. And now another part of it has come to light.
This is regarding the aluminum cans. Although the State makes you pay five cents recycling deposit for each can, they make it very hard for you to return the can to get your money back. By gutting out the RePlanet and recycling centers, there are only a few places left to recycle cans. And now it is revealed that in the last few years THE CAN MANUFACTURERS HAVE MADE THE CANS THINNER AND LIGHTER. The figure is 40% thinner and lighter! This means that if you go to a recycling yard and turn in aluminum cans you will be paid by WEIGHT, now 40% LESS than years gone by. The only way to get your money back is to go to a place that will refund the CRV deposit completely, five cents per can, not by weight. But California is SO SORRY, almost all those places have been closed. Now they are talking it up in the CORRUPT State Legislature to RAISE the CRV price per can, SO THEY CAN CHEAT YOU OUT OF EVEN MORE MONEY!
You don’t have to go to a third world country to find corruption. Mass fraud and cheating is right here in California.
Check the list. “Option A” stores and markets MUST give you your money back. “Option B” stores do not have to because they pay the State $100 per day to opt out. Print out this list and keep it with you.
The giant recycling Company rePlanet has closed down. It was running at a loss for quite some time, and it was up to the State of California’s CalRecycle to help them out. Because the big grocery chains and the gas station stores and the 7-11 stores lobbied so they would not have to bear an unreasonable cost and hassle to take care of the recycling bottles and cans and returning deposits, companies like rePlanet took up the challenge. The problem was rising costs, rising wages, and now facing a 25% tariff tax on all recyclables going to China, they needed financial help from the State. Not enough was offered, so down they went, and now almost 1,500 recycling outlets have closed down in the last few years.
The State, however, is laughing all the way to the bank. They get all the money from the CRV deposits and make even more money because they don’t have to pay it back to the consumer. They make some $200,000,000 per year on this. This is now a serious fraud on the California consumer, who pays a deposit and now can’t find a place to get their money back.
And then there are the cities, many of whom have closed down their recycling yards. They now get all their bottles and cans FREE in the blue recycle bins, and SELL them to the State of Callifornia, thereby making millions of dollars.
Read our other posts on this, and also go to www.SouthlandNewsBureau for more..
Also check out www.container-Recycling.org for more information
Official Document Directs Consumers To Use City Blue Containers Instead of getting back CRV Deposit
Official Documents from the City of Santa Monica proves the despicable conspiracy with the State politicians to cheat consumers, homeless, and low-income folks out of millions of dollars. Document #1 (above) gives notice that the BuyBack Center, located at 2411 Delaware Ave., Santa Monica, would permanently close on June 15th. Note lower down the page where we have placed a red arrow, the City directs consumers to put their bottles and cans in the city (blue) recycle bins for free, not collecting back their CRV deposit.
This cynical conspiracy first started by closing 1,000 recycling centers, including the huge Santa Monica buyback center where thousands of consumers, homeless, and low income folks came to get their deposit money for CRV bottles and cans. Then the City directs consumers to give them all their CRV bottles and Cans for free. The State of California collects untold millions of dollars for deposits on cans and bottles, so by choking off the process of returning the CRV deposits that they in effect are holding “in trust” from the consumer, they stand to gain huge amounts of cash for a slush fund for greedy Sacramento politicians.
According to Consumer Watchdog, the State has already amassed hundreds of millions of dollars with the CRV program, simply because most consumers are too lazy or busy to bother with keeping track and returning bottles and cans to get their deposit back. Over the years, the State has made it increasingly difficult for consumers to return the bottles and cans. First they allowed markets, liquor stores, gas stations, and other outlets to SELL bottles and cans of water and beverages, but stopped forcing these same locations to ACCEPT the cans back and redeem their deposits. Then the State contracted with some private company to put in a few machines here and there where consumers could drop in their cans and bottles and get a receipt that would be cashed (redeemed) by a local business or market. The bad news for consumers is that the machines are not correctly programmed and so do not accept many qualified bottles and cans. We proved that in 2010 by video taping bottles from Ralph’s Market that would not be accepted by the machines (see video link in previous article). Ralph’s also refused to redeem the CRV bottles. This was only one example out of many, many mistakes the machines would reject.
The machines also jam up frequently, and the company removed the custodians who they originally had to empty the machines. Anyone watching this process for an hour or so will see that the machines can fill up in 30 minutes and then they are jammed for the rest of the day. Consumers soon tire of haulig around their bottles and cans only to be met with defective, out of order machines. Many of even these defective and sloppy operations have now been closed down.
By now closing down the big buyback centers, consumers, homeless and low-income folks now have nowhere to go in many areas. On the West Side of L.A., with Santa Monica closed, there is nowhere to go west of the 405 freeway. Which brings us to the final insult in Document #2, below:
The first red arrow shows just where your bottles and cans go, you know, the ones you are now GIVING the City FOR FREE. They are collected by the City and given to a private “Recycling” company who then sells the bottles and cans back to industry. It is not clear if this company is sorting out the CRV to sell back to the State of California. It should be noted that the CRV deposit is often more that the “per pound” price of plastic and aluminum.
The second red arrow points consumers to the “nearest” redemption centers, one in Cheviot Hills and one in Culver City. Does anyone in their right mind think for one minute that consumers are going to drive all the way to Cheviot Hills to MAYBE get their CRV deposit back? Can you envision some poor homeless bloke riding a bike with bags of bottles and cans all the way to Culver City? This shameless plot against consumers highlights the class war that is going on. The political elite and their fellow conspirators in Santa Monica City Council have just pulled off a huge heist of millions of dollars from an unknowing, hapless public. The next question: IS THERE AN HONEST DISTRICT ATTORNEY WHO WILL BREAK UP THIS CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.?