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California Residents Are “Fed Up” With Homeless Problem

After enacting multiple laws that encourage homeless people to live and congregate in major California cities, along with not enforcing other laws, California residence have finally had enough.

According to an article published by the New York Times, “California may pride itself on its commitment to tolerance and liberal values, but across the state, record levels of homelessness have spurred a backlash against those who live on the streets.” Gene Gorelik, a property developer in Oakland, is one of the residence in these cities who is tired of the homelessness problem dirtying up their streets, saying “Refugee camps in Syria are cleaner than this.”

“Refugee camps in Syria are cleaner than this.”

John Maceri, the chief executive of the People Concern, a social services agency in Los Angeles, explains why these hypocritical liberals are acting this way: “Some people who I’d put in the fed-up category, they’re not bad people,” he said. “They would describe themselves as left of center, and sometimes very left of center, but at some point they reach the breaking point.”

And according to New York Times, that breaking point was the worsening crime in the streets of cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, “where open-air drug dealing is rampant in some spots and where human feces and scattered needles and syringes have been found lying about. Those scenes have also proved a potent symbol for Republicans like President Trump to showcase what they call the failures of liberal urban enclaves.”

It’s almost like laws that allow homeless encampments to go wherever they please are a bad idea. These laws don’t help homeless people get off of their feet, it just encourages their numbers to grow. For example, San Jose, counted 6,200 homeless people this year, a 42 percent increase from two years ago. In Oakland, the figure climbed 47 percent, 17 percent in San Francisco, and 12 percent in Los Angeles, where the city counted 59,000 homeless people.

“I think those of us in the service-provider community always knew we weren’t going to solve the problem,” said Mr. Maceri of the People Concern. “But I think the expectation was we were going to make a significant dent. So on the one hand, the message is we have all these resources to quote-unquote solve this problem. And what the general public sees is, it’s not getting solved, it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse.”

Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, called homelessness “the crisis of our generation.” Adding, “There are strong, strong feelings on all sides of this issue.” Paneez Kosarian made headlines not long ago after being attacked by a homeless man outside of her apartment building:

“This is definitely a more complicated definition than just homelessness,” Paneez Kosarian said. “Even during the daytime, I fear walking alone.”

NYT reported that “for the first time in 20 years of surveys, the issue was noted as a major concern for Californians, according to a poll released last month by the Public Policy Institute of California.” And now Los Angeles officials are asking the government to throw more money their way to solve the problem they already are spending billions of dollars on. Oh, and it has only gotten worse. In fact, “officials have recently called for the governor to declare a state of emergency to free up funding for addressing homelessness, similar to what has been done to address natural disasters.”

On the other hand, some California residence are attempting to keep homeless camps off of their streets in more creative, less expensive ways. Some business and homeowners have put in boulders on sidewalks or prickly plants on the grass to deter “campers.”

It took them a bit too long, but liberal Californians are finally aware that they have a problem, with no one to blame but their own lawmakers. Good luck convincing those same lawmakers that they screwed up.