ToDaZeD CAliZuela *facepunch*

Won’t you take me to
Junkie Town!!

Weaponized Bum Edition

[PrettyPretty]Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday that would fast-track the use of government land near highways, travel trailers and vacant state hospitals to urgently get people off of California’s streets.

Here’s how from PrettyPrettyGavin’s “Executive Order N-23-20″ “urgently gets people off of California’s streets.”
[NB: it's a copy/paste disabled PDF][subtle, eh?]

[Calatrans]shall develop a … template to allow cities and counties to use Caltrans property adjacent to highways or state roads … on a short term emergency basis to provide shelter for individuals who are homeless. …

“Short term basis.” Kinda like those taxes they tell us will expire, eh. JunkieTown right along the freeway.

This is what happens when “Quality of Life” crimes are ignored or made so inconsequential as to be de facto legal. Theft valued under $950 is a citation misdemeanor. Breaking into a car is the same. Aggressive begging, screaming at lamp posts and passers by, frightening children and parents, assault with minimal bodily harm are all de facto legal.

If all that is hunky dory with Joe Citizen [or at least with Joe .Gov] other things will be just fine, too; congregating and/or drinking in public spaces, graffiti, public urination, panhandling, littering, sleeping in other people’s doorways, shooting up drugs in public, loosing consciousness in public, setting up housekeeping in tents or tarps on the sidewalk — or any place not actively defended, selling drugs out of some of those tents and having one’s own “security force” to protect one’s growing “small business.” See how quickly this devolves into Barbarian Apocalypse? That’s why they’re called Quality of Life Crimes.

So how does Calizuela respond to this devolution of Civilized Standards of Behavior? By encouraging it.

By purposely mis-identifying the situation as a housing problem instead of a substance abuse problem and breakdown of Western Civilization. The .gov has a grand plan to throw increasing piles of cash — Other People’s Cash — into the burgeoning JunkieBum/Bureaucracy Complex. Apparently they neither expect nor desire any Civilized results as they are doing all the things that have proven to make matters worse..

Let’s not even mention [for the nonce] how inhumanly cruel it is to encourage a junkie to pursue his addiction. Let’s not even begin the discussion of Individual Freedom -vs- Encroachment on the Rights of Others raised by leaving the mentally ill to fend for themselves and argue with lamp posts.

Instead let’s merely address the “side effects” on the regular working tax payer. Rats, Insects and other vermin. Disease. Burglary. Robbery. Assault. Loss of use of public goods like parks, trails, rivers, sidewalks, streets, and shopping areas. Loss of control over and ‘quiet enjoyment of’ private property. Loss of the expectation of Reasonable Safety — which is the only condition under which basic business can be conducted, goods and services exchanged, jobs maintained.

It’s a Civilization Buster, this one.

This example comes from Sacramento [TheSac], but is becoming as common and familiar as a strip mall to CaliZuelans. The vid was taken bicycling along the American River; really top quality public lands …once.


  1. Posted January 15, 2020 at 6:06 pm |

    I wonder what political party the bicyclist votes for?

  2. Posted January 15, 2020 at 6:23 pm |

    by looks of the video….

    Either a) some guy selling tents in Sacramento is making a KILLING
    or b) burglaries involving camping tents are WAY up

  3. Blake
    Posted January 16, 2020 at 7:07 am |

    Where my wife and I live, we’ve been able to watch the homeless slowly migrate toward our end of town.

    Theft is going through the roof, which, I’m sure, surprises absolutely no one.

  4. Grover Cleveland Brown
    Posted January 16, 2020 at 7:35 am |

    I know traffic in California is at a crawl but does anyone else see a problem putting chemically incapacitated people near highways?
    Gees! and they call Trump heartless.

  5. OldFert
    Posted January 16, 2020 at 11:21 am |

    I personally like the idea of loading the bums onto cruise ships.

    Only problem is the thing I read didn’t include sending the ships, once filled, to Venezuela.

  6. Jon Spencer
    Posted January 16, 2020 at 1:28 pm |

    I read a story years ago where they let people settle the freeway medians. There was a cynical side to the idea, but it might be worth a try.

  7. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted January 16, 2020 at 2:35 pm |

    I personally like the idea of loading the bums onto cruise ships.

    You mean the SS “B Ark” ?

  8. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 16, 2020 at 3:48 pm |

    Blake @3 – what is the response from your local cops, council, supervisors? Do they even answer their phones?

  9. Blake
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 11:49 am |

    ^Claire, there’s some talk about putting in a shelter, but, who knows?

    CA likes to control everything so, of course, the most cost effective method is right out the window.

    My wife and I have gone numb to the whole thing. We park both vehicles in the garage, don’t dare leave them out any more, and, also have a device to automatically close the garage door after 10 minutes.

    The homeless problem around here is bad and getting worse, and I know we’re far from being the worst in CA.