Homeless In South Orange County Calif

A Commentary That Has Me Nervous by Mitch Santell

Homeless San Clemente
San Clemente, California in 2019.

It has always been my view that until the truth smacks you in the face, you are not going to see it or listen to it or discuss what you have discovered with others.

Here in South Orange County, California, we are getting more and more homeless people. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will no longer enforce “anti-camping” laws here.

Homeless drug-addicted mentally ill people will not be driven out of Orange County by the Sheriff’s Department.

George Orwell society drifts

This is not a good thing at all.

South of where I live in South Orange County is beautiful new home developments that are selling for well over 1.1 Million Dollars (USD).

As I have said in previous blog postings and commentaries: There is no longer a safe place. Some places are safer than others. My take? The next 5 years will see Southern California continue to deteriorate, leading to more crime. 

In 2018, all of the homeless camps were moved out of Orange County, but now we see them everywhere from San Clemente, Dana Point, and San Onofre.

San Clemente Homeless 2019 1

Most of south Orange County will now be off-limits for anti-camping and loitering enforcement against homeless people until the cities create shelter beds as an alternative, under a closely-watched settlement finalized in federal court Tuesday.

“The Sheriff’s Department will not enforce anti-camping” laws in the south county cities it patrols until shelter is made available in south county, county Supervisor Andrew Do, who has publicly called on south county to provide shelter, told Voice of OC after the hearing.

The settlement requires that a shelter bed within the same zone of the county, such as south county, be offered and available before the county Sheriff’s Department can enforce the camping and loitering laws against a homeless person.

The department serves as the police force for about two-thirds of south county residents, covering 10 of the region’s 12 cities, none of which have agreed to build shelter in their jurisdiction since Carter asked them to in spring 2018.

Irvine and Laguna Beach have their own police departments and are not subject to the settlement, which was agreed to by county officials and lawyers for homeless people.

“This is a game-changer,” Carter told the courtroom Tuesday before signing off on the settlement, which the court can enforce for the next three years.

The new agreement calls on different regions of the county to make certain there’s a “respective responsibility” for homeless people, rather than “dumping off” homeless people from one area to another, Carter said.

“This stops that dumping. This stops that moving over the borders. Each [region of the county] takes care of its own. Each city takes care of its own,” Carter said.

“This is an exemplary document that the governor should know about,” the judge added, referring to the entire settlement. “It’s a role model for the state. It’s a role model nationally.”

The agreement bars the Sheriff’s Department from transporting homeless people outside of three defined geographic regions of the county, known as “SPAs,” one of which is south county, from Irvine to San Clemente.

The settlement was reached between county officials and Brooke Weitzman and Carol Sobel, attorneys representing homeless people who sued the county in early 2018 over the planned evictions from the Santa Ana Riverbed.

The agreement came in the widely-watched Orange County Catholic Worker lawsuit against the county government and several north county cities, rather than the south county lawsuit Carter was removed from last month.

Many issues and disputes will continue come up with individual cases of homeless people, both sides of the case acknowledged.

The settlement lets either side come back to the court if they believe the agreement isn’t being followed, or if there’s disagreement about how to apply the terms to a specific situation.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2Z8ZaEA

Todd Spitzer Santa Ana River Bed 2018
Court case settlement below this picture will bring 1000’s here.

Here is the settlement document:

County-settlement-agreement-in-homelessness-lawsuit-July-2019

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Picture Credit: Nick Gerda, Voice of OC

A comment from a local resident of San Clemente, California:

Naturally, none of the posers in the photo would stand for having homeless shelters built in their own neighborhoods. But since they have the power they have no problem doing it to you. And they have no problem suspending anti-camping or loitering or vagrancy laws with hopes that it creates chaos in your neighborhoods extorting you to accept hundreds of homeless who aren’t even residents of your cities. More don’t do as I do. Do what I say.

And where is the Homeless Czar Susan Price? Isn’t she supposed to be the brains of the operation? Why no face time? I don’t even know what she looks like let alone what she does to earn her county paycheck. Has anyone ever interviewed her on the homeless problem? Is she allowed to speak with the media or the public?

This is nothing more than a money-making scam for friends of those in power who are contracted to provide homeless services. San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles followed the same strategy. Result? Homelessness increase fourfold or more. Just like the county’s stupid “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness” fiasco that siphoned tens of millions of taxpayer dollars while the homeless population quadrupled with over 1000 camped on on the Santa Ana riverbed! lol. All their beard-scratching buddies in the think tanks made six-figure salaries and accomplished exactly nothing.

And none of these plans place any obligations on the homeless – no mandatory work programs, no mandatory sobriety, no regular mandatory drug or alcohol testing for those receiving free taxpayer goods or services, no mandatory institutionalization for the severely mentally ill, no mandated path to self-sufficiency.

This is no solution. It just pours more fuel on the fire. Another ‘feel-good’ program that punishes the taxpayers and rewards the freeloaders. Watch it attract more freeloaders from out-of-county and out-of-state to load up on all the free stuff. Just like in the aforementioned liberal hellholes.

But suspending laws to punish cities is about as low as it goes. And for Chief Barnes to agree to this selective anarchy only tells us that he’s fully complicit. His job is the ENFORCE the laws on the books to protect the community – not ignore them and hang the taxpaying residents who fund his fat $400,000 compensation and cadillac pension out to dry.

These aren’t civil servants. They’re kings and queens and paid pawns.

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Housing Boom Of South Orange County in the mid-1950s.

Here is a video of drunk people (LMAO) in a bar looking at a guy who has gone a bit nuts on meth or crack cocaine.

 

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