Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Petaluma Succeeding With Homeless Solutions?

The way the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat writes it, the Sonoma County town of Petaluma has made great strides in reducing the number of homeless on its streets. Nothing new from what I can see. They just provided housing for a bunch of them, along with having a police officer assigned to dealing with the homeless which I believe Eureka already does.

Well, goody for them, but paint me a bit skeptical. The article says something about them providing housing for homeless. No mention of how that works, where they're being housed, or how their new neighbors feel about it. That's one of my main concerns.

But, good luck to them and I'll wish them more success.

Meanwhile, one of San Francisco's newest shelter seems to have been a flop, with a shelter designed for 160(?) people only getting 20. Better luck next time? The whole article showed up when I first found it. Now I'm just seeing the headline, but I believe the article said the shelter was meant for 160 people.

Mosquito Vaccinations

The Daily Sheeple looks at the recent- at least what they seem to think is- hysreria over the Zika virus and the idea to use genetically engineered mosquitoes to vaccinate people against it. Doesn't seem like too bad of an idea to me at first glance. They do make the point about ethical considerations, though, such as vaccinating without consent.

My concern about this was more along the lines of altering the food chain, but maybe I'm way off base? I was wondering if the genetic engineering might result in those mosquitos becoming dominant over other mosquitos. What if critters up the food chain didn't like to eat the GE mosquitos, thus having less food available, or something along that line?

I suppose that's not too sereious of a concern because I'm not sure we have any examples of GE products today that are deemed less edible than their non- GE counterparts. Heck, we can't tell the difference between GE corn and non- GE. Would it be any different with mosquitoes? 

Hard to say but,after thinking about it,  I'm not sure I like the idea of messing around with something like that. Once you get something like that started, there might not be any going back.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fullerton Writes On Homeless Solutions

Local accountant and self declared candidate for Eureka City Council, John Fullerton, has a column in the Times- Standard this morning taking issue with recent proposals to deal with the homeless in the county. He rightfully points out that there aren't enough rentals in the county to house all the homeless and, even if there were, landlords might not want to rent to them.

He made a somewhat critical comment on his Facebook page not long ago about recent proposals. I had to ask him if he had any better suggestions. He didn't, but he's looked a bit deeper into the issue than I have. He seems to be further along than many others are in looking at the issue. He's got me beat. I have no idea what the solution might be.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Money In Elections: The Other Side

Apparently 2/3 of Americans believe money buys elections, hence the big effort by The Left to do away with that Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. This article here points out that's not quite true: 

'...the general rule is that money chases winners rather than creates winners. People give to candidates they think are likely to win, and incumbents (who almost always win) and candidates in safe districts still raise money, even if they’re not challenged. On the flip side, donors and parties don’t waste support on long-shot races.".

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Quick Hotel Plug

We've been down at Stanford Medical Center the last few days. I thought I'd write about the place we stayed last night.

One thing about Stanford is they're very supportive of their patients, with social workers that seem to seek you out, see how you're doing and if there is anything they can do to help. We've been dealing with one that has found Connie a place to stay for free at least a couple nights. 

We got out of there late yesterday, as is the norm, and Connie didn't want to attempt to drive north at that time. The social worker got involved and found a place not too far from the hospital. Connie mentioned something, earlier on, about a place for $150.00 a night. That's  bit much for us but, once we were in the car driving, I figured I'd just have to go along and see where we ended up.

We ended up at the Marriot Residence Inn in Menlo Park and I'll have to say I was impressed. Now I know how the other half lives. The place was immaculate, with rooms so clean you could eat off the floor. Huge bathrooms, at least the one we stayed in, with a shower probably 5'x8' with see through sides on it. 

Not only that but we saw a sign in the lobby telling they had some free meal thing starting at 7pm or so. We went down for that and got our fill- better than going to the restaurant around the corner and paying who knows how much to eat.

They also had a great free breakfast with eggs, toast and pretty much everything else you could ask for. Earlier on I wrote here how that Holiday Inn Express in Atascadero got my vote for best breakfast room I'd been to. This place steals that title. Really nice.

They also have free wifi and hard wired DSL. I had a data cable and was glad to have the hard wire option. Worked nice the first night but next morning I couldn't seem to connect so had to use wifi.

Among other perks, the kitchens all have a couple stove burners and they say they'll even fill your shopping list for you and deliver it to your room's refrigerator. Pretty impressive.

Will we stay there again? Only if Stanford pays for it as they apparently did this time. I see from their web site rates are over $300 a night. That's too much for us, but I enjoyed the one night we did stay. You folks better off than us should give it a try when you're down there.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Nuts & Bolts of Legal Pot

The Sacramento Bee looks at the rules for legal pot should that upcoming
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Housing First?

The Tiimes- Standard write up on the recent joint meeting between Eureka and the county over solutions to the homeless problem seems rather optimistic to me. The way I read it, the consensus seems to be simply putting the homeless in houses is a no- brainer. Really? As I've wrote here before, how's that going to work in the real world?

First of all, how many of us want those living- and making the mess- behind the Bayshore Mall moving in next door to us. The homes will be next to somebody.

Call me skeptical that those newly occupied homes won't end up being a mess after too long. Never mind whatever activities the formerly homeless chose to continue right next door. 

It would also be a permanent drain on city and county finances with local government likely paying for the upkeep of those newly adopted homes for the foreseeable future. 

I don't know what the answer is. I appreciate those putting all the effort into finding a solution but I'm not sure just putting someone in a house will be as rosy a solution as some seem to think.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How Many Wars Are We In?

Mint Press takes a look at how many wars the U.S. is engaged in right now. They tally up 134, although the most recognizable ones number 5. None of our current presidential candidates seem to have a problem with that.

Keep in mind, Mint Press is a rather obscure news outfit. I last heard of them when they did a debunk of the story of Syria's Assad using poison gas on opponents. Believable story, but it seemed as if their version could be true enough to me. I suspect it's a Russian news outlet.