During the Obama administration’s tenure, Los Angeles faced a steadily growing homeless population. An influx of illegal aliens combined with policies that destroy businesses, creating massive unemployment, resulted in the city declaring a Homeless “state of emergency” in 2015. However, now, the council thinks that they’ve found a solution to the growing number of people still living on the streets.
The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion that would create a homeless work program. They figure since these people are already living on the streets, they can just go ahead and pick up the trash that’s one of the city’s other major problems.
That’s right. The council wants the homeless to be employed cleaning up litter and trash from streets, sidewalks and alleys. Apparently, L.A.’s 311 call center gets an average of 200 requests per day about trash-related nuisances. So, what better way to solve the issue? Send the homeless, many of whom are criminals, to residential neighborhoods to pick up people’s refuse.
The motion, which is being considered by the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, was introduced by council members Joe Buscaino, Bob Blumenfield and Nury Martinez. They stated that the city’s garbage collectors already have their hands full, so responding to all those 311 calls means sending “highly trained city employees whose skills are often needed for more complex projects.”
The plan involves giving money to “Social Justice Organizations” that could employ the homeless to perform litter pickups and other trash removal jobs. The measure will also support the Mayor’s Clean Streets LA Initiative, which was introduced in 2015.
The measure states, “homelessness on the rise by 20% from 2016, initiatives like the Transitional Job Opportunities Program can be leveraged to create job opportunities for homeless or individuals vulnerable to becoming homeless.”
No one seems to want to consider that the liberal policies put in place by L.A. has actually contributed to the problem. They’d rather “support” the problem.
“By utilizing social justice organizations to clear litter from the public right-of-way, the City is able to support its homeless population,” it reads.
In fact, to help combat the homeless problem it has, L.A. officials have dumped over $100 million dollars into housing and other services. However, after two years, the problem has still grown “20 percent.”
Apparently, throwing money at “programs” is the only thing the city council knows how to do. The $100 million hasn’t helped at all, despite being apportioned two years ago.
Liberals blame everything but their own failed initiatives for the problem. They say that the warm weather attracts homeless people, because nationwide, more than half of the 45,000 homeless in the country are situated in L.A.
They also blame new changes in downtown Venice, where cheap motel rooms and single room apartments have been disappearing due to development in the area.
As far as the trash pick-up plan, they think that this will help people get off the streets. However, it really just seems like a way to funnel cash into “social justice organizations.” Has anyone looked into who owns or has board placement on the businesses who will be getting the money?
Moreover, isn’t anyone upset that the city seems to want to exploit these people? Obviously, giving someone a chance to work is not a bad concept, but isn’t it against political correctness to label someone homeless. Aren’t they just the resident-challenged?
Bottom line, this will just be another waste of time, resources, and tax payer money. Some of the trash problem is caused by the homeless population. Plus, the plan is riddled with challenges, not the least of which is corruption. Because a large portion of the homeless are there because of drug use, mental problems, or illegal status, giving a few people the chance to clean up litter will not solve the worsening situation.
Probably in another two years, the council will think of another way to pour loads of money into a problem that could be fixed if polices were actually changed.