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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at 8:39 AM
One million job cuts this year, millions permanently unemployed (what the 'official unemployment rate' really means, decade after decade), and welfare now slashed and limited...Nothing like finding a solution to those pressing social problems...
According to the story on CNN
Santa Monica gets tough with homeless people
SANTA MONICA, California (AP) -- This liberal, beachside town passed two laws that will prohibit homeless people from camping in front of businesses at night and limit free meals served to them.
Both ordinances passed Tuesday aim to appease business owners, tourists and residents who have complained about increasing numbers of homeless people on Santa Monica streets.
"The public is scared and tired and just generally want it stopped," Councilman Herb Katz said.
The first ordinance, passed by a 5-2 vote, seeks to limit free outdoor meals by requiring groups serving 150 or more people to adhere to community event laws and county health standards. The second ordinance, passed unanimously, makes it illegal to sit or lie in downtown doorways from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. if the business owner posts a sign to that effect.
Some homeless advocates said they do not believe the new laws will hold up in court.
"When it's all said and done, the laws will be overturned for unconstitutionality," said Moira LaMountain, a homeless activist. "The city will be forced to come to grips with the issues."
Now its one thing to bitch and complain about changing this that or the other and its another thing to propose solutions right. Now the debt of the poorest indebted countries is about 250 billion which is about one fifth of that tax cut, and that still leaves a little over one trillion to spend on the homeless problem. Of Course with welfare sitting only at about 50 billion before it was cut, I would suppose that proposing spending that trillion on real solutions, instead of calling a cop, would be a fantasy, right.
By the way, there is one good thing about being homeless in Santa Monica, and that is that earthquakes don't kill people, buildings falling down on people during earthquakes kill people, so the homeless will live through the worst of earthquakes.
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