Friday, December 07, 2012

A Homeless Bill of Rights?

Not sure what to make of this. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has introduced AB5 which targets local ordinances against homeless folks. Here's what Ammiano sees as homeless "rights":
-- Sleeping in public spaces such as sidewalks and parks
-- 24/7 access to bathrooms, showers, water and clean syringes.
-- Car camping on city streets without restrictions
-- "Life sustaining activities" such as urinating and collecting recycling trash
-- Welfare cash payments
-- Meditating or praying in public
-- Panhandling
-- Payment for possessions seized in a roust
-- Right to refuse the offer of a homeless shelter
-- Right to a lawyer in most encounters with the law

I've probably been as supportive of homeless "rights" more than most. I strongly opposed Arcata's anti- panhandling ordinance, for example, but I don't know that it's fair to anyone to override local ordinances to this extent.

I'm not sure what the answer is to vagrancy problems, if there even is one. Leaving things as they are and letting it work out at the local level is probably better than passing this law.


At 1:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

1) Overpopulation allows for the economic eradication of people merely based on the percentages of those whom will fall prey to the whims and abuses of society and flawed individualisms.

2) The greatest argument is that more people with jobs equates to less people on the streets, even though jobs never will "create a cure" for those who would go jobless regardless of whether or not jobs existed.

3) Jobs must be "equitable and fair".

4) Jobs are not currently equitable or fair - income never keeps pace with costs for the majority of people (if small business owners are closing shop, obviously, they can't pay better wages)

5) As far as these "Homeless Rights", way off base in some regard because they lack specification at this point.

6) The no-brainer is basic needs like shelter, water, food, clothing, etc...

7) The other no-brainer is "make the users "work for use" like holding a sign "work for food". Simply providing "free handouts" is not acceptible. At minimum, certain responsibilities that include "bartering or exchanging human labor for user service" is gonna need to be a requirement. If that means an hour a day helping to maintain the facility or do other things like pull weeds, etc (we know, the attorneys will say don't do it). - HOJ

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bible has the cure for most of societies ills. Under God's plan every family had a piece of property that could not be "taxed" away or sold away permanently. If sold under hardship it was only a "lease" and reverted back to the family every jubilee (50th year). It gave a man a place to live an work the land to survive and insured against poverty and excess accumulation of wealth. Along with this plan God never intended for man to live in close quarters or and "urban" setting. A man and his family had sufficient land to grow a large amount of his own provisions. "Woe to those who build house to house without any land to dwell in the midst thereof."

Agenda 21 is Satan's plan, not Gods. Same, same for centralized government and property "taxes." All of Satan's devices seek to make men the slaves of men.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

Anonymous, God does not do jack shit; the Biblical words on the other hand written by men, that is the focus of frauds!

Now, get off your pedestal about God becasue too many cultures have different Gods. In fact, America drags God's name and fame through the mud; not the disbelievers, no, no, no, it is the faithful believers who don't necessarily have sincerity or honor in their false beliefs. The cross-culture inbreeds are the most damning for God! Afterall, a native indigenous person through being conquered ends-up turning thier back on their own former culture to take that religious belief of a "white man"! That is a traitor of culture, no less. Why? Greed, money, power and control with fame and glory as a backscratcher.

Many people use religion and church to show their faces in a different light than the constant backstabbing thievery committed during the "work week"!

God is the biggest lie of all, bar none. Can't expect dummy human beings to be smart enough to actually believe in "A GOD", but write away they will! - HOJ

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you are so bitter against God because people who profess religion are hypocrites and liars(or murderers, or thieves, or ...etc.) If you took the time to read the Bible yourself then you would understand that fact, before you witnessed it in person.

But the fact that you believe "professors" of religion should "be good" testifies to the fact that religion is good, or rather that God it good and religion is the act of worshiping God as a duty to our creator and should in fact improve our relationship with our fellow creature. Including the remedy for homelessness and the curse of men controlling men(human worship).

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous john hardin said...

Let's solve the greed problem and homelessness will work itself out


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