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    Joe Machias, a member of the LA River Walkers and Watchers, finds a hole cut in a fence most likely used by homeless to make quick exit and entry to the LA River Bike Path in Reseda. A group of local concerned residents have taken it upon themselves to keep the area clean; However, they face an uphill battle as the homeless, drug users and gang members have mostly taken over the path and most residents now stay away from the area originally designed for recreation. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Orange County Register - Doug McIntyre, Writer

    Would you trust a doctor who said you had high blood pressure but prescribed the following remedy: eat more salt, grease and sugar, spend more time on the sofa, and by all means start smoking?

    Probably not.

    Yet, when it comes to homelessness this is exactly what we’ve been doing. We continue to let the very people who created this health and humanitarian outrage to double-down on the policies that fuel it.

    Lack of affordable/sustainable housing is obviously part of the problem. But why is housing so expensive here? Supply and demand explains part of it. But ideological and special-interest lobbying play an equal part. How did the cost per unit of Measure HHH housing balloon from an already sky-high $350,000 per unit to an astronomical $500,000? That’s a 43-pecent hike in less than two years. In Houston, Texas, $500K buys a four-bedroom/three-bath, 4,000-square-foot palace. In California, encumbering state and local laws, including Project Labor Agreements for homeless housing projects, have sent costs into the stratosphere.

    California’s sanctuary laws continue to be a magnet for the poorest of the hemisphere’s poor. The influx of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal immigrants have driven up demand for even sub-standard housing. The resulting price spikes shoved the most vulnerable to the streets. Nobody in elective office will (publicly) acknowledge this. That does not make it less true. Leaving out illegal immigration’s impact on housing costs is like trying to diagnose hypertension with only systolic blood pressure numbers.

    Bad laws make for bad results.

    The exodus of inmates from the state prison system via propositions 47 and 57 have also contributed to the mushrooming homeless population. Fresh from jail, without jobs and often without family support, these folks are among the most difficult to house. Homeless former inmates quickly fall back into the insidious cycle of drugs and crime leaving a trail of wreckage in their wake.

    And while there is no excuse for the garbage that fouls our streets and alleys, we are offered plenty. Yet, not a word about the coincidental timing of the sudden spike in trash and the creation of trash-hauling monopolies by the city. Some unscrupulous business owners have even taken to paying the homeless to dump their trash anywhere as a workaround.

    Then there are organizations that purportedly advocate for the homeless but actually ensure their continued suffering. It is not compassion to allow the mentally ill and drug addled to live on the street. By tying the hands of law enforcement and the courts, compassion has become cruelty.

    It’s divisive demagoguery to blame homeowners and businesses for NIMBYism when the core issue is lack of trust in local representatives. Not everything is Trump’s fault. Local government earned this distrust with a track record of broken promises, temporary taxes that become permanent and overly rosy reports that point to success while our eyes observe failure. What is on us is the regurgitation of the same failed candidates from office to office. The political carousel rotates city councilors to mayors’ offices, mayors to the governor’s mansion, state senators to city councils and assemblymen to county boards of supervisors.

    The current mayor of Los Angeles was previously the president of the L.A. City Council, a position of great power. Eric Garcetti has had his fingerprints on public policy for 13 consecutive years. Before Garcetti, Alex Padilla (currently California’s secretary of state) served as council president. The current council president, Herb Wesson, is the former speaker of the California Assembly. Jackie Goldberg, former member of the L.A. City Council, LAUSD school board and California Assembly has just been recycled back to the Los school board.

    Year after year, the same people trade places while thousands live out their lives in their own filth on our streets. Our leaders continue to misdiagnose the problem and stifle any meaningful debate. What was a frustration has metastasized into a genuine health emergency: typhus, MRSA, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis A – which two years ago killed 20 in San Diego – are proliferating. Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of L.A.’s Union Rescue Mission, had a leg amputated after picking up a flesh-eating virus while working the streets. The vermin infested LAPD Central Division station would be shuttered by the health department if it were a taco stand. So would L.A. City Hall.

    There are times when Southern California is a joy and times when it breaks your heart. When I see an aged woman, her skin sun-cracked and cancerous, her hands trembling from hunger or palsy or the DTs, it makes me want to cry. It’s asking a lot for the people who can’t fill a pothole or repair a cracked sidewalk to save her. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    The best doctors guard against the trap of preconceived assumptions. Repeating “housing crisis, housing crisis, housing crisis” is a deflection from years of failed policies. If only there were a Hippocratic oath for politicians.

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    Gotta love the way California "leads by example"
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    I'm just really surprised the left isn't showing these pics and labeling them "Trumps America."
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    Seattle got out ahead of Kalifornia back in the 1990's during the "Grunge Period" when all the runaway kidz, from all over America, were making their ways to the Pacific Northwest, mainly Seattle and Portland, OR.

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    The link, "Seattle is dying", Steve posted above is well worth the hour it takes to watch. Well worth it.
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    I think they should take all these homeless folks and let them camp out on the lawns (behind all those walls and high gates) of all of the Hollywood Elite. That way those folks can share their wealth first hand by feeding, clothing and providing a home for these poor misguided street people.
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    Gotta love the Socialist Utopia model - seems Seattle and San Francisco have it nailed.
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    The other 56 states should round up their homeless and bus them to LA. After all, there is no use for everyone to deal with the homeless problem!
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    Naw. We'll send 'em all to North Carolina where they can benefit from your knowledge and problem-solving skills. But then, passing the "problem" around, or off, to someone else really isn't the answer, is it?

    Get rid of DEMOCRAT mayors and Liberal city councils, for a start. Then, like the documentary advises, enforce the laws and intervene.
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    It isn't passing problems around, CA and WA pride themselves on attracting and keeping these folks fed with drugs and clean needles.
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