Showing posts with label cops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cops. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Sun Also Rises

Well, it was a close one.  At 8pm I walked down to my sleeping area to find that the cops had already arrived and were chasing everyone away - with ticket books in hand.  If I had shown up just 15 minutes prior, I would have been caught up in this mini dragnet.   I watched the scene for a couple minutes before heading back here to the cafe.  It happened about 3 and 1/2 weeks ago there as well, but that time it was in the morning.  Over the past 3 weeks the number of people sleeping in this area, across the street, and trolley tracks, from the library, had returned and was slowly growing.  With tickets given to these homeless violators of the law, I'm sure if they are caught sleeping in the same place again, they'll get a worse punishment.  I'm speculating of course, but why else would the cops even bother.

The sad part of all this is that the area is the safest of all the homeless sleeping areas.  It is safe for the very reason that it's also highly visible to the people who live near by, and it's a high foot traffic area.  The sidewalk is very wide and the sleeping homeless don't create any hazards by being there.  Still for the sake of those people who feel put out by having to see homeless people, the homeless are being shooed away.

And that "away" is a problem.  Just because you can no longer see the homeless does not mean the homeless are no longer homeless.  It only means that these people are being forced to go deeper into hiding.  The bad thing is, these "hiding" places are a great deal more dangerous for the homeless.  The criminal element is encouraged to ply his craft when he thinks there's a good chance he won't get caught.   In these deeper hiding areas the homeless get mugged, their few meager possessions stolen, their bodies broken by fists and baseball bats and knives, they are set on fire, they are killed.

The city of San Diego does not have enough shelter beds for all the homeless, and all the shelters have long waiting lists.  But sure, go ahead San Diego, and try to sweep the homeless under your proverbial rug.  Maybe if you ignore the homeless in your city, eventually they'll go away [/sarcasm].

So much for getting a good night's sleep.  If you have ever wondered why so many homeless people appear lethargic, it's because the good city will not allow the homeless the chance to get the rest they need.

Now I have no idea where I'm going to sleep tonight.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Homeless Clean Consequences

Well, it was a close one.  At 8pm I walked down to my sleeping area to find that the cops had already arrived and were chasing everyone away - with ticket books in hand.  If I had shown up just 15 minutes prior, I would have been caught up in this mini dragnet.   I watched the scene for a couple minutes before heading back here to the cafe.  It happened about 3 and 1/2 weeks ago there as well, but that time it was in the morning.  Over the past 3 weeks the number of people sleeping in this area, across the street, and trolley tracks, from the library, had returned and was slowly growing.  With tickets given to these homeless violators of the law, I'm sure if they are caught sleeping in the same place again, they'll get a worse punishment.  I'm speculating of course, but why else would the cops even bother.

The sad part of all this is that the area is the safest of all the homeless sleeping areas.  It is safe for the very reason that it's also highly visible to the people who live near by, and it's a high foot traffic area.  The sidewalk is very wide and the sleeping homeless don't create any hazards by being there.  Still for the sake of those people who feel put out by having to see homeless people, the homeless are being shooed away.

And that "away" is a problem.  Just because you can no longer see the homeless does not mean the homeless are no longer homeless.  It only means that these people are being forced to go deeper into hiding.  The bad thing is, these "hiding" places are a great deal more dangerous for the homeless.  The criminal element is encouraged to ply his craft when he thinks there's a good chance he won't get caught.   In these deeper hiding areas the homeless get mugged, their few meager possessions stolen, their bodies broken by fists and baseball bats and knives, they are set on fire, they are killed.

The city of San Diego does not have enough shelter beds for all the homeless, and all the shelters have long waiting lists.  But sure, go ahead San Diego, and try to sweep the homeless under your proverbial rug.  Maybe if you ignore the homeless in your city, eventually they'll go away [/sarcasm].

So much for getting a good night's sleep.  If you have ever wondered why so many homeless people appear lethargic, it's because the good city will not allow the homeless the chance to get the rest they need.

Now I have no idea where I'm going to sleep tonight.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It Never Ends

So, I was walking down 5th ave towards Panera Bread, where I am now using the wifi, and I passed a group of cops and a homeless man. Some of the cop cars lights were still flashing. The homeless guy sat upon a short wall. I had no idea why they stopped the guy, might have been for panhandling, might have been for something else. Also, to look at the homeless guy, you wouldn't know him to be homeless. I only know him as homeless cause I've seen him around the haunts.

Anyway, all seemed rather calm and casual about the pull over, as I walked passed. Then a half a block later, a group of three people pass me up going in the opposite direction, towards the cops and the homeless guy. And I overheard one of the three tell the others, "yeah, most of these panhandlers have homes. Panhandling is just what they do for a job." I was tempted to say something to them, but I didn't. I just became a little more discouraged.

There are groups actively going to downtown businesses and residents, posing as experts on homelessness, and telling the most egregious lies about homeless people and the lives they lead. These groups are actually doing the bidding of developers selling downtown property. The developers fear the presence of homeless people scares of potential buyers. Of course that actually isn't a proven fact. And there's plenty of evidence that nobody really cares that there are homeless people in downtown. The rescue mission moved to a new part of downtown back in 2000, and though some complained of the mission being in their back yard, that area of downtown has actually experienced a lot of growth - new businesses are moving near the mission all the time. And no one has had to move away.

Still, the spread of ignorance continues, and the homeless suffer the consequences.