City of Los Angeles To Appoint “Czar” To Coordinate All City Activities for Homeless
On November 17, 2015 the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution to create a position to oversee all the City’s activities and departments dealing with the massive homeless problem. The resolution passed unanimously.
As the American economy continues to collapse for the poor and middle class, more and more folks are forced into the streets or to living in their vehicles. Rents in major cities like Los Angeles continue to escalate, leading to an increase in folks with no hope of even getting a cheap apartment, much less a house. Meanwhile, the City continues to defy logic by allowing thousands of luxury apartments to be constructed and thousands of houses to be “mansionized”. If there really is a drought, then why is the City promoting the wild out-of-control construction of thousands of more housing units for the wealthy?
This is America. We Don’t Need a “Czar”
Many questions remain unanswered. The City claims that new Federal regulations from the various bureaucracies have to be addressed by new coordinating efforts of the various City departments dealing with homeless issues. No one has yet been named as the new “Czar” of the homeless. The term itself is somewhat demeaning, it conjures up references to a long-ago time when Russia was ruled by a Czar, an absolute autocrat eventually toppled by a popular revolution that led to the creation of the Soviet Empire. This is America. We don’t need a “Czar” – which is language actually used in the Council’s official motion. A Department Director would be fine.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rolled into Los Angeles on Monday, August 10, 2015. He had a message for the 1 percent who owns most of the wealth in the United States: Things are about to change. He is not going to tolerate millions of homeless folks and millions of food deprived children in this country while a few uber rich families have amassed billions, like the Walmart family that has as much wealth as the bottom 40%. Click on the box below to listen to some clips from this event.
A Movieland Playground and Watering Hole for the Rich. A Town With a Lot of Churches, but a City of Politicians Who Have Replaced Their Hearts With Wallets Stuffed With Money From Developers. Struggling Middle Class and Poor Folks are NOT Wanted Here.
Many Thanks to Ric for Sending These To Gypsy Cool
1) Time change: Beginning in August (2014) the meal provided on the 3rd Saturday at the Village Church (3216 W. Victory, Burbank) will move from 2 pm to 11 am. For the time being this is a permanent change.
2) Name change: Henceforth the church group that provides the meal on the last Sunday at the Amelia Earhart NOHO Park will be known as The Tapestry LA Church (i.e. no longer the New Life Community Church)
3) Besides some blankets, used clothing, a little bit of fruit, and bottled water brought to the NOHO park on Magnolia Street, on the final Sunday of each month, Angel Hanz always has a table with some pet supplies including food, collars, leashes and pet toys. Karen Hamza, who runs this organization, is only interested in providing these provision to the homeless for their pets. Karen often man’s this table herself, and generally doesn’t want to give out the pet
supplies unless she sees the pets with their owners at the park.
Here Are Some Links to Websites that Offer Information on Free or Low-Cost Overnight Parking and Camping
Boondockers Welcome is a group that spans the Country and sets up a trade of Free Parking. So if you have a space in your driveway, you can join up and then use someone else’s space while you are on vacation. For those of you living in your vehicles, you can still use this, you might have to pay a small fee, but possibilities are there for some imaginative trade-offs. CLICK HERE
Wheelingit This website is for RVs, but lists some great places for overnight parking. Aside from Walmart, there’s the Casinos, some big box stores like Camping World, Flying J Truck Stops, and much more. CLICK HEREto access their article on Free Parking at various places.
OvernightParking Overnight RV Parking is a website that sells an app that tells you spots around the Country to park for free. If you are on the road, this would be helpful in locating spots for safe parking. CLICK HERE
San Diego Safe Parking Program for Homeless If you are living in a vehicle, this group offers free, safe overnight parking in the San Diego area. You have to register, and they do not tolerate bad behavior or drugs. They will also help you with some social service benefits and housing. Parking starts at 6pm. CLICK HERE to go to the website and apply. This is a program that should be in every major city, and volunteers at gypsycool have talked about, but it is very difficult to find a church or business to participate, much less the Los Angeles area cities.