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Any way you cut it, it was a stroke of pure political genius to enable the special interests to loot the public purse by expanding the visibility of the homeless by providing them with colorful tents.


Think about it, not only did the special interests improve on paper box shelters and lying in the open, wrapped in cold-insulating newspapers, but they put homelessness in everybody’s face. Add lax enforcement of vagrancy (undue punishment for being poor), tolerance for unsanitary conditions, and promotion of various needle programs and you have a political reason to siphon billions out of the public treasury.

California is not swimming in tax revenue; it's drowning in debt...

California is swimming in tax revenue. Sacramento mayor wants to use more for homelessness.

Two years ago, Owen Newman Jr. was sleeping outdoors and bouncing around North Highlands, Del Paso Heights, and south Sacramento.

Today he attends American River College, is receiving mental health services, and lives in a new studio apartment in south Sacramento. The apartment is located in a converted motel where formerly unhoused individuals are living under the state’s Project Homekey program.

“I’m very grateful to be in this program,” said Newman Jr., 39, who grew up in Rancho Cordova. “I got blessed.”

[OCS: Lead the story with the exception -- an individual that appears to be profiting from the “system” rather than the depressing truth that most homeless individuals suffer from addiction or severe mental health issues. These are the people who would prefer to live on the streets where they can fund their habits and have easy access to drugs rather than live in controlled substance-free environments. As for the mentally ill, few laws can force these poor souls into custody and mandatory treatment with mind-altering drugs with unpleasant side effects.

And, heaven forbid, you point out the poverty-pimps, drug-promoters who push drug decriminalization and free drug paraphernalia, and, of course, the special interest real estate crowd, developers and landlords, who profit greatly from excessive rents, fees, and support services.  And, let us not forget the unionized government bureaucracy needed to research, fund, manage, and document the homeless “problem.”]

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to open more Homekey motels and other shelters to address the city’s growing homeless crisis, but he said the city needs state funding to do so. He is joining with other mayors across the state in urging Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators to approve additional funding to help cities address homelessness.

Our message is this: Please extend homeless assistance programs and direct allocations to cities,” Steinberg said Thursday during a press conference at the converted motel on La Mancha Way in the Parkway neighborhood. “Not just for another year but as many years as possible.”

Steinberg made his appeal a few weeks before Newsom is expected to release his May budget revisions. The state Finance Department on Thursday reported tax revenue is coming $17.4 billion above the projections the Newsom administration released in January, when the governor announced that he anticipated a $45.7 billion surplus.

[OCS: I call bullshit! Considering California’s budget is a political fiction made possible by creative accounting, outlandish assumptions, and defective-by-design accounting systems, we cannot possibly have a surplus when spending exceeds revenue. And, if such a surplus exists, why it would not be used to reduce California’s massive current debt and unfunded liabilities rather than increasing spending? What we need is to reduce spending, starting with profligate union contracts, the misplaced priority of funding a failing educational system, and prioritizing funding by public safety and infrastructure needs.]

Newsom has prioritized homelessness throughout his administration, including allocating some $12 billion toward homelessness and affordable housing. The mayors are looking for an ongoing commitment extending past a single budget year.

[OCS: $12 BILLION! Because our accounting and audit systems are defective by design, it is nearly impossible to pinpoint systemic waste, fraud, and abuse and name the profiteers – most of whom are politically connected and engaged in producing votes during elections.]

Sacramento has roughly 1,100 existing homeless shelter beds and spaces, which cost roughly $33 million a year.

[OCS: Do the math: 33 million divided by 1,100 and explain how one space costs $30,000 annually, even with allocated overhead.]

According to a report by the city administrative officer, the new East Hollywood campground costs approximately $2,663 per participant per month. That’s higher than what a typical one-bedroom apartment rents for in the city, according to the website RentCafe. While the per-tent cost covers services, meals, sanitation, and staffing, some are concerned that the city is investing too much in short-term Band-Aids over long-term solutions. <Source>

A homeless encampment run by San Francisco costs the city $60,000 per year, per tent, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The city’s six “safe sleeping villages,” provide homeless people tents, three meals per day, security, and washrooms. The program currently costs $18.2 million for about 260 tents. Unlike the city’s homeless hotel program, the tent villages are not eligible for federal reimbursement. Some of the sites have been run by nonprofits Urban Alchemy, Dolores Street Community Services, and Larkin Street Youth Services. <Source>

One might ask, who is auditing these so-called non-profit service providers?]

The city has identified enough state funding to keep its existing shelters running at least through fall 2024, said Mary Lynne Vellinga, Steinberg’s spokeswoman.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reimburses Sacramento for its expenses in leasing motels for homeless families. If FEMA does not extend that program, the city will need to find another funding source to keep the motels running beyond June 2023. <Source>

Shocker... It is almost inconceivable that the progressive communist democrats at the Los Angeles Times would endorse a Republican for California's controller.

Endorsement: Lanhee Chen for California Controller

A wonky but important elected office, the state controller is California’s fiscal watchdog — the person who cuts the checks that keep government running and also holds the power to audit agencies that spend state funds.

Voters will pick a new controller this year because Betty Yee, the current controller, is termed out after eight years on the job. Californians have several smart candidates to choose from on the June 7 ballot, including Democrats Ron Galperin, controller for the city of Los Angeles; Malia Cohen, a Board of Equalization member from San Francisco; Steve Glazer, a state senator from the Bay Area city of Orinda; and Republican Lanhee Chen, a public policy expert who teaches at Stanford University.

Among this strong field, we believe Chen is the best choice for this position. Why? Because he is a sharp thinker with experience analyzing large financial systems, and because the controller should be as independent from the party in power as possible. <Source>

How bad must things be in California for the Times to skip past party hacks to pick a qualified candidate?

Bottom line…

As with all things government, it is always more, more, and more. Nobody really wants to solve the problem. Nobody wants to build large prisons or healthcare facilities – except, perhaps, the over-paid corrupt prison guards union who leaves the running of the prisons to the gangs and pushes paper for their outrageous work rules and extravagant benefits.

For less than $500, I can purchase a nice two-person tent, two sleeping bags, a cot, a cookstove, and some personal gear.


We are so screwed.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Ever wonder how Dr. Anthony Fauci can appear to be an authoritative source instead of a grubby little poseur?

Pulling back the curtain…


Smoke and mirrors…

The truth is that Anthony Fauci is a long-time government bureaucrat who appears complicit in the funding of research that caused a worldwide pandemic resulting in the death of millions of innocent individuals worldwide.

You would think that the highest-paid government official in America, including the President of the United States, would have more respect for his office than to show up dressed like a street person.

Fauci believes CDC decisions should be absolute and not reviewable by the courts…

“The principle of a court overruling a public health judgment by a qualified organization like the CDC is disturbing in the precedent that it might send,” the National Institutes of Health official told CBS on Thursday.

Anthony Fauci Criticizes Court Ruling Voiding Federal Mask Mandate For Travel

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Thursday that a court ruling voiding a federal mandate requiring passengers to mask up on airlines and public transit goes “against public health principles” and sets a “bad precedent.”

We are concerned about that — about courts getting involved in things that are unequivocally public health decisions,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN+.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially extended the federal mask mandate for travel until May 3, which Fauci called “a very sound public health decision.” But U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle voided that mandate on Monday, saying it exceeded the CDC’s authorities.

[OCS: Yet, the CDC cannot produce credible evidence that masks make a difference and are unwilling to debate the issue with eminently qualified credentialed experts with prestigious and universally acclaimed education and experience.]

Because our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends, the court declares unlawful and vacates the mask mandate,” she wrote.

For a court to come in and interfere in that is really unfortunate,” Fauci said.

The CDC still recommends masking and urged the Justice Department to appeal the federal judge’s ruling on Wednesday.

[OCS: The issue is one of constitutional authority to act, not a ruling on the science, a mask’s efficacy, or medical necessity.]

“It is CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the public health,” the agency said.

Individual cities can issue their own guidelines for wearing masks in public areas. <Source>

Who knows?

Two masks?

Dr. Fauci: Double-masking makes ‘common sense’ and is likely more effective

Could wearing two face masks at once during the pandemic provide more protection than just wearing one? According to White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, “it likely does,” he told NBC News’ TODAY on Monday. <Source>

No Masks?

Fauci Said Masks 'Not Really Effective in Keeping Out Virus,' Email Reveals

Dr. Anthony Fauci wrote in February 2020 that store-bought face masks would not be very effective at protecting against the COVID-19 pandemic and advised a traveler not to wear one.

The Washington Post and Buzzfeed News have obtained hundreds of pages of Fauci's emails through the Freedom of Information Act, revealing more about the early days of the pandemic.

In one message, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, replies to an email from Sylvia Burwell, believed to be the Sylvia Burwell who was health and human services secretary for three years under President Barack Obama. Burwell had asked for advice about wearing face masks while traveling. Fauci's reply is dated February 5, 2020, and is available in a document cloud provided by Buzzfeed.

Fauci wrote: "Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.

"The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you."

He added: "I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low risk location." <Source>

How does Fauci justify the CDC’s unconstitutional non-medical dictates?

CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium Order in Areas of Substantial and High Transmission

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky today signed an order determining the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This order will expire on October 3, 2021 and applies in United States counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2.

The eviction moratorium allows additional time for rent relief to reach renters and to further increase vaccination rates. In the context of a pandemic, eviction moratoria—like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing—can be an effective public health measure utilized to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Eviction moratoria facilitate self-isolation and self-quarantine by people who become ill or who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 by keeping people out of congregate settings and in their own homes. <Source>

There are no constitutional or legal grounds to disadvantage a landlord on behalf of a tenant without just compensation for damages inflicted on a landlord who does not receive similar forbearance from his lenders, tax authorities, or utility providers.

Bottom line…

With an insane number of media appearances, I wonder when Fauci has time to do his job or even read the avalanche of medical literature.

As far as I can tell, Fauci parrots the day's narrative and proclaims it to be “the science.”

Local, state, and federal governments have abused their emergency powers during the pandemic. And, they appear reluctant to return usurped freedoms to “We the People.” Something to remember when voting in 2022.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS