Sep 15

Hollywood Homeless May Face Starvation

West Hollywood Food Coalition Under Assault by City, Cops, Big Real Estate Corporations

Class War Rages in Hollywood

Food TruckThe class war is intensifying in Hollywood, as it is nation-wide.  With millions of foreclosures each year, more and more people are being put on the street.  Combined with the exporting of good jobs to China, it’s hard for many to survive on the minimum wage jobs that still exist, and especially since a lot of these are part-time jobs.  Paying rent of $800 or more for a single apartment on a part-time minimum wage job is tough.  More people than ever are living in their vehicles or on the street.  One reason a lot of homeless go to Hollywood to “live” is that the image-myth of Hollywood attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, making pan-handling easier there than say, Pacoima or Long Beach.

But Hollywood continues to have a massive development scheme.  Big buildings, condos, and towers continue to be built.  Billions of dollars are pouring into the area’s real estate.  And if there is one thing the real estate moguls don’t like to see, it’s homeless people.  “It’s bad for business.”  It gives the lie to the image of growth and success that the moguls are trying to polish up. If they don’t keep up the “Rah Rah” then their buildings may end up vacant. Although the breaking point of rents is fast approaching, the big investors who now own so much of Hollywood’s commercial and office buildings, seem to be oblivious to the further eroding of the economy.  So the word is out: Get rid of the homeless.  Push them out to somewhere else.  Anywhere but Hollywood.

A Lesson From The History Books

One way is to take a lesson from the history books.  When the American Imperial expansion was in full swing, the main obstacle was the Native American tribes, who had been residents of the land,  now called “The United States of America”, for thousands of years.  Solution: kill off the buffalo, food supply for the Natives.  This ultimately weakened many tribes into submission and made them dependent on food from the government.  This same tactic is now being pushed in the Hollywood area.  Cut off the food supply, harass them at every turn, arrest them, push them out.  This combined assault by the City of Los Angeles and it’s big business backers is now threatening the 27 year old Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC).

The GWHFC has fed about 200-300 folks a night for 27 years.  Operating on the corner of Sycamore and Romaine in Hollywood, help is there with a hot meal and often with volunteers who help the seniors and homeless with issues like health, legal problems, and psychological counseling.  Now comes the class war:  the Health Department demanded that all the tables and chairs be removed from the sidewalks; microscopic inspection of the food prep building; citations for anything imaginable; cops trolling the food lines trying to find homeless who have warrants outstanding; cops and B.I.D. police hanging around looking to cite anyone.  If you ever wanted to know what it was like to eat a meal in a Nazi food distribution during WW2 (if there even was one), then this is it.  Even during the great depression, big mobsters like Al Capone set up food kitchens in Chicago and fed thousands on the streets.  The politicians of today aren’t even as nice as the 30’s mobsters.  They hate the thought of feeding anyone, other than their honorable selves, of course.

Homeless Treated Worse Than Animals by Cops, City Politicos

If you are a senior or homeless and would like a free hot meal at the GWHFC nightly food distro, get ready to be treated like a dog.  Not by the good folks at the Food Coalition, who are trying to cope with this attack, but by a heartless, cruel City and their squadrons of Cops.  There are no tables to sit down and enjoy a meal.  You have to sit on the ground.  There’s no place to wash your hands, no bathrooms or porta-poties. Men, women, and children grovel on the ground for their gruel because the Food Coalition can no longer put out chairs and tables.

Americans, Unlike Other Humans, Do Not Ever Have To Go To The Toilet – An Entire Nation of Anal Retentives

Business people and some residents complain about the damage done or the annoyance in the neighborhood.  “I saw a homeless guy pissing on a tree.”  What do you expect?  There’s no bathrooms in the area and a lot of Hollywood businesses and restaurants try to keep them out of their bathrooms.  If the City can’t provide some free bathrooms, then you get what you deserve.  An outsider or visitor from another planet would notice right away that Americans never go to the bathroom.  These places, if they exist at all, are hidden away in secret corners, even in Shopping Malls.  Contrast this with Europe.  Go to London or Paris.  Bathrooms everywhere. In London the “Water Closets” are manned by old pensioners who exist on tips.  They work shifts and keep the places clean.  Think of all the seniors here in Hollywood.  A lot of them would like a job like that, just as soon as America joins the rest of the civilized world.  Meanwhile, it’s “piss-o-rama” on the back streets of Hollywood and will continue to be until the City of L.A. and the Hollywood business people wake up to THEIR responsibility to provide bathrooms FOR EVERYONE. (Hey, even the beloved tourists have to “go”)  And they could also find a suitable building in the area of Romaine and Sycamore and let the good folks at the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition go about their humane efforts to feed the hungry.  It is a responsibility for everyone to pitch in and help.  So to the Hollywood Fat Cats and Moguls: call off the Cops and sour-faced bureaucrats and lend a hand in finding a solution. Make the world a better place by becoming anal-expulsive.

Hidden Camera Shows Cops Lining Up Homeless “Suspects” at Sycamore and Romaine

Aug 05

Burbank Area Free Hot Meals

The Lord’s Kitchen

Free Saturday Lunches in Burbank

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1st Saturday

11am – Emmanuel Church 438 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank.

Nervous Rex 2Country Group Nervous Rex Performs Free at Emmanuel Church Lunch for Seniors and Homeless People.  Johnny Cash being good for the soul!

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2nd Saturday

2:00 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 521 E. Olive Ave.  Good Hot Lunch

IMG_0187Monster Thanksgiving Dinner at First Presbyterian Church – Gypsy Cool says that this was really delicious!  He took a Photo to remember it during the hard times when all there is to eat is can of sardines.

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3rd Saturday

2:00pm – Village Church, 3216 W. Victory Blvd, Burbank.  Downstairs in the Rec Hall.

IMG_0201Christmas Saturday Lunch at the Village Church. Their Girl Scout Troop often helps to plan, prepare and serve seniors and homeless.

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Last Saturday (ALWAYS THE LAST SATURDAY)

1:15pm – St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. 6th St., Burbank.  These good folks who serve you usually pay for the food themselves.  God bless them a thousand times over for their generosity.

May 28, 2013 083 St Jude 2Boxes of Fresh Produce Sometimes Provided by the good folks of St. Jude’s and Gypsy Cool volunteers. Produce supplied by the generous folks at Trader Joes.

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When There Are 5 Saturdays then the 4th Saturday is at:

Noon – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 542 N. Buena Vista, Burbank.

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Every Saturday Free Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00am – Burbank Church of Christ, 3012 W. Burbank Blvd.

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3rd Sunday – Usually Sept. through June – Senior Lunch

12:15 pm – St. Finbar Catholic Church, Keystone and Olive Ave. (2010 W. Olive Ave.), Burbank.

Aug 05

More Free Food in Hollywood For Those in Need

Programs for Seniors and Others in Need

Last Saturday Every Month –  Senior Lunch

Ambrose and Vermont Ave. (Just south of Los Feliz), Hollywood.  The Church there serves a hot lunch for seniors at 11 am.  Good food according to seniors who have been there.

2nd and 4th Saturdays – Free Breakfast

ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH

7501 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 876-2102

Free breakfast every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Also offers counseling and referrals.

 

 

 

Aug 04

Free Food in Hollywood

Hot Food Every Day at Sycamore and Romaine

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Feeds the Hungry

Hollywood food coalition

From their website:

Every night between 6:15 and 7:30 a community comes together at the barren street corner of Sycamore and Romaine, along the border of Hollywood and West Hollywood. On the one hand – on one side of the table – are the volunteers of The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, a broad-based grass-roots organization which for the past 25 years has served a hot, fresh, and nutritious meal every night to the homeless and hungry. On the other hand are between 150 and 200 men and women who have somehow or other fallen through the cracks, and for whom the meal they are about to eat, sumptuous as it is, might well be the only meal they have all day. The GWHFC is comprised of actors, producers, writers, artists, teachers, journalists, lawyers, housewives, and a corps of former “clients” who have all had a strong desire to give back by volunteering in Los Angeles. Serving a meal to the “homeless and hungry” is the smallest part of what we do. We meet them on their own turf, talk to them, and listen. We get to know them as individuals, and, little by little, in all kinds of ways, we then help them to think better of themselves and to not be shy about asking for specific, practical help – which the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, entirely unsystematically, then tries to provide. All together, volunteers and homeless, form a kind of microcosm of what the larger community ought to be, but now, in the big city, is no longer. The motto of the GWHFC is simply this (with no religious strings attached): I Am My Brother’s Keeper.

Their website is:  www.gwhfc.org

 

 

Aug 04

New Food Meals in San Fernando Valley

New Friends Homeless Centers Now Open

Hot plate

Every Tuesday Night 6:30 – 8pm

Note: No Early Arrivals. Free hot meal and dessert to anyone in need.

Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 17114 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Every Friday Night 6:30 – 8pm

Note: No Early Arrivals.  Free Hot Meal and dessert.

Location: United Methodist Church, 5650 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.  Go North on Shoup just above Burbank Blvd., to Collins St.  The church is on the corner, but take a right and  go in to Fellowship Hall, actually on Collins

Jun 21

Make Your Own Candy Bars

New Book Shows You How To Make Yummy Candy Bars At Home (or in Your RV)

Skylight Books in Hollywood hosted the two authors of a new book “Hand-Crafted Candy Bars.” Susie Norris and Susan Heeger presented an evening of candy bar tasting that had the audience in high spirits. Like a wine-tasting, first a store bought candy bar like Snickers was served, then water to clean the palette, then pieces of home made Snickers type candy, concocted with a high grade chocolate and better ingredients, all without the preservatives and wax used in commercial bars. You can watch the entire event by clicking here: Candy Bars,

Or, watch the embedded version below.  Skylight books in Hollywood still has signed copies of the book, www.skylightbooks.com.

Check out Sylight Books in Hollywood, click here: Skylight Books,

 

Feb 05

565 Agencies on Waiting List To Join L.A. Food Bank

An Incredible Number of Agencies In Los Angeles County Waiting For Food

U.S. Government Policy Has Led To Catostrophic Consequences As Food Supplies Tighten Across the Country – Inflation Could Now Destroy What Is Left of the Middle Class

How is it possible, you say?  This great, once bountiful country, now becoming mired in a continuing food crises threatening to collapse the middle class.  Let’s go back in time a few years. America had a huge food surplus – we had a Strategic Food Reserve.  This was abandoned and the government started a policy of paying people to NOT grow food.  Big farmers and corporations raked in millions DOING NOTHING.  Our wheat surplus was shipped to Russia and China, compliments of the US taxpayers.  Now we have hundreds of charities – 565 according to the L.A. Food Bank – waiting for food for their hungry wards.  This situation may be getting worse due to drought, climate change and other natural disasters.  It is also estimated that in other parts of the world something like 100 million people are starving,  Go to www.YardEats.com website for an analysis of Strategic Food Reserves and comments on the food shortages and what needs to be done.

Jan 15

Nomadic Food Farms In Pick-Up Trucks

Bucket Gardens are Perfect For Nomads and Tribes

New Concepts To Carry Your Food Farm With You

The Gypsy Cool Way To Farm

New concepts in growing food in “bucket gardens” is totally relevant to today’s nomads.  The discovery of growing food in buckets is not that new, but using the 2 bucket system means that your entire food farm is portable.  Let’s face it, we need water and sunshine to grow food. With the 2 bucket system an entire food garden could be loaded on the back of a pick-up truck.  The truck becomes the farm.  A tribe or extended family might have several vehicles in their caravan and the addition of a pick-up truck means that their garden moves with them.

Let’s take a small tribe, anywhere in the world, but this is written for the Gypsies of the New Millennium right here in America.  You may have several vehicles in your nomadic caravan.  Maybe a couple of RVs, a few cars, a couple vans.  In the hot summers you want to move to cooler climes.  Why burn up in Arizona when you can go north to a nicer, more mellow climate for the summer?  If you get a pick-up truck or a small flat-bed type vehicle, you can outfit it as a mobile garden.  Plants don’t like to necessarily get moved a lot, but you are in your spring encampment in the southwest and it is starting to get hot.  Your bucket garden is all planted and hooked up with the self-watering system that we will refer you to.  The self-watering system means that you don’t have to even bother watering every day with this simple gravity system that connects a hose to all of your food buckets.  Summer is around the corner, and the tribe is set to move north to some cooler digs, say Utah or Northern California. The tribe moves out, the portable farm in the bed of the pick-up truck goes with the caravan, no problem.  When you get to the new spot up north for the summer, just make sure the buckets are secure, have water, and get a lot of sunshine where you park your pick-up truck.

The great thing about the 2 bucket system is that it works anywhere:  on a rooftop, on a deck, on an apartment balcony, or in the back of a truck.  Multiply your food supply by simply getting more buckets to grow more food.  If you don’t have a pick-up truck available for your tribe, you can carry the buckets in your vans, cars, and RVs to move them.  It is just easier to have a pick-up truck, because the food farm is in the back of the truck and is self-sustaining and completely portable.  Once it is set up, you don’t have to load and unload the buckets just because you change locations.  As you nomads know, sometimes you have to move out of an area and find another spot for various reasons.  If it is windy or some other weather situation, the entire bed of the pick-up truck can be covered with a tarp.  This could keep out dirt when you are moving, keep the plants warmer at night if there is a frost, and also keep out unwanted critters.  A couple of dogs tied up around the pick-up truck at night will usually be enough to keep the possums and racoons away.

A few of the Gypsy Cool crew were sitting around a few months ago trying to formulate a method to have a nomadic food farm.  What we came up with at the time was to turn the bed of a pick-up truck into a garden plot, in other words fill the bed with garden soil.  Further research led us to the amazing 2 bucket system.  We feel this is much better.  The individual buckets can be changed quickly and different plants put in them.  The self-watering system is simple and fantastic, and works even on the move.

Although some of us are idealists in many ways, we are aware of certain realities.  We think it would be hard to grow enough food to totally live on in the bed of a pick-up truck.  But it can certainly augment your foraging with some fresh vegetables and tomatoes. You will have to continue with your skills at foraging, dumpster diving, fishing, and possibly hunting,  as well as purchasing some food products.  But you can live better and a little cheaper by taking your food farm with you wherever you go.

So how do you build the 2 bucket system?

1. Google it on the net.

2. Check out the information at Yard Eats.

3. Check out the great info at Global Buckets.

4. Go to youtube.com and search for videos on bucket systems.

5. The youtube channel of jwwm2 has a lot on the bucket system,.

Start building your buckets today!