For two years, San Diego’s fought a losing battle against the homeless camps that now dominate some downtown streets and canyons citywide.
Throughout the fight, San Diego has made a series of decisions that all send the same message: Homeless encampments are not permanent. Don’t get comfortable.
From installing rocks meant to deter homeless people from settling under an overpass to apparently warning groups against public feedings and conducting weekly encampment sweeps, the city is doing all it can to ensure no one thinks the present state is sustainable, all while failing to put forward anything resembling a long-term solution.
And now, it’s confronted with a growing public health crisis that underlines just how unsuccessful those efforts have been.
The crisis has likely been exacerbated by homeless San Diegan’s lack of access to public restrooms – another outcome of the city’s approach.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Seems the city has other priorities and human life isn't one of them. So, when someone shows you who they are, What else are you capable of?
I work with the homeless, barring the children, mentals, and the ones working to get a place, the majority have consciously chosen to fight against conformity regardless if its; school, employment, the streets, or jail, they still fail to realize that our very existence in life is one great big "quid pro quo" starting with this analogy, if you will: "be good and mommy will buy you and ice-cream cone", however, they reply: "buy me an ice-cream cone and then I'll be good", but never quite live up to their end of the bargain. Help where you can, but the city taxpayers should not have to hold these people's hand and walk them through this thing called life as they imagine themselves to be Don Quixote.
HEPATITIS A Outbreak.....how far does this has to go before people wake up to how bad the problem really is?
Please people....we need to give our police higher salaries! we do not have enough police officers because the pay is so bad. Does anyone know how to start a petition or initiative?
You keep saying San Diegans when actually 70- 80% are not even from San Diego, or this state. San Diego should get with those city and states responsible for it's present dilemma, and pitition for some assistance from the identifiable masses, because it was blatantly irresponsible for these cities/states to burden San Diego with their cities/ states "Busing" programs with nothing more than a ticket just to get them out, after all, it was organized by them and has become very burdensome to the taxpayers of this lovely yet bum infested city!
However, I digress because, without impassionate city officials and an ineffective judicial apparatus such as it is, this is nothing more then a pipedream.
Until there is the political will to correct this and remove the mentally ill from the streets this problem cannot be solved.
The Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act provides guidelines for handling involuntary civil commitment of individuals to mental health institutions in the State of California. It was co-authored by California State Assemblyman Frank Lanterman, California State Senators Nicholas C. Petris and Alan Short, signed into law in 1967 by Governor Ronald Reagan, and went into full effect on July 1, 1972. The act set the precedent for modern mental health commitment procedures in the United States.
The legislative intent of the 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short Act is to:
- End the inappropriate, indefinite, and involuntary commitment of persons with mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, and chronic alcoholism, and to eliminate legal disabilities
- Provide prompt evaluation and treatment of persons with mental health disorders or impaired by chronic alcoholism
- Guarantee and protect public safety
- Safeguard individual rights through judicial review
- Provide individualized treatment, supervision, and placement services by a conservatorship program for persons who are gravely disabled
- Encourage the full use of all existing agencies, professional personnel and public funds to accomplish these objectives and to prevent duplication of services and unnecessary expenditures
- Protect persons with mental health disorders and developmental disabilities from criminal acts
The Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act is part of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC). It is covered under WIC Division 5, starting with Section 5000 and subsequent chapters and articles
@Mark Giffin Well said Mark.
The political will do take control of thoses who are not able to manage themselves is simply not there. As Lisa mentions "They don’t want to abandon partners or pets, stay in a packed shelter or follow rules that seem too rigid to them." Long term housing can not be an attainable solution if those it is intended for can not comply with the most basic of rules.
It seems past time to address the homeless situation as the Mentel Health crisis that it is.
@Mark Giffin Thanks, good read.
So the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act basically shifted responsibility onto local agencies. It stopped the long term institutionalizing of individuals in some pretty nasty places. Have no idea how you would frame that politically with any kind of consensuses. Anyone without a legal domicile and acting kooky could have a place to stay for twenty years. You could re-purpose the MMJ doctors to hand out psych evals. Seriously?
Why hasn't VOSD housed them in their offices? Even if you only took in 15 or 20 of them , think what an example you would be for others to follow suit? And maybe an extra half hour lunch for employees who take one home and let them sleep on their couch or in their garage.
I agree with many that say the existing homeless encampment are filthy, a magnet for crime and a general nuisance. Having said that, what are the alternatives? Permanent supportive housing has worked in other places, but in San Diego it is at least 10 years away, what do we do in the meantime? The people who used to run the annual tent shelters have a proposal to house many of the homeless in tents. It will not be perfect, there will be problems, and some of the homeless will not use them due to the rules, but it is better than what we are doing now.
We must act now! Our humanity demands we help those who have fallen, the existing situation is clearly not sustainable, and lastly it is for our own safety that we must act. The homeless encampments, with their crowding, lack of sanitation and poor health habits, are a perfect breeding ground for a modern plague. There are much worse things than Hep A out there.
Open Qualcomm arena and have gladiator games with the homeless: "If you win, you get an apartment to do all the dope you want, if you lose... fertilizer. "
We'll starting with the child molesters and work our way down. lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!
And see how fast they clear out of here.
This would make more money for the city than comic con!
Sorry, a little levity, after all you'll still wake up in the morning and smell bum in the air.
Oh yeah, your idea will workout just fine; Hey yeah! Let's throw money at the problem, that always seems to work! When more come just keep building, right?
Don' t get comfortable? Rass! that is old news, what do you think installation of the hardscape was for?