How the homeless in Los Angeles spent Christmas
The three-minute clip was originally published on Instagram by [L.A.] street artist Plastic Jesus[,] then on LiveLeak by Nick Stern in the 'Citizen Journalism' video category.It had ... been live for [only] 10 hours when it was viewed nearly 40,000 times.In one frame of the viral footage, a man can be seen pushing a wheelchair in the middle of the road.Another wheelchair-bound man reclines listlessly on a street corner while women file their thin-looking children through the crowds.Makeshift canopies – often simply sheets erected on poles – are packed in tightly beside one another in endless rows.The rising cost of rent and housing in California is also forcing middle[-]class residents into alternative accommodation.Workers end up living in their cars by the roadside[,] and hundreds of people – including nurses and chefs – sleep in parking lots in affluent areas like Santa Barbara.For example, nursing assistant Marva Ericson has been sleeping in her Kia for the past three months.She showers at her local YMCA[,] then gets dressed in her hospital scrubs for work.The problem is so widespread that a Safe Parking Program was introduced in the area 12 years ago.It allows clients to stay overnight in the parking lots of churches, not-for-profits[,] and government offices.In Santa Barbara alone, there are 23 parking lots currently used for the program.
BLOG: LOS ANGELES' OWN FIGURES ON HOMELESSNESS PUTS THE NUMBERS AT 60,000 AND GROWING WEEKLY.
With more than 20,000 homeless people in Los Angeles, the question of what the city has been doing to create more good jobs and affordable housing needs to be asked. The answer is precious little. In fact, the homeless problem has been getting worse across the entire state, including San Francisco, where the city keeps spending more and more money only to see things get worse.
The city spent $275 million on homelessness and supportive housing in the fiscal year that ends Friday, up from $241 million the year before. Starting Saturday, that annual spending is projected to hit an eye-popping $305 million.Public Works cleanup crews were busier than ever, picking up more than 679 tons of trash from homeless tent camps since June 1, 2016 and collecting more than 100,000 used syringes from the camps in that time span.But, despite all the money and effort, reality on the streets hasn't improved. In many ways, homelessness in San Francisco is as bad as ever.Just-released numbers from January's homeless count, conducted every two years as a requirement to receive federal funds, show a very slight decrease. The drop is attributed to fewer families and youths among the homeless, while the number of single adults living on the street – the most visible – has risen.
Cold wave proves lethal for US homeless, poor
By Patrick Martin
29 December 2017
A fifth-generation Californian laments his state’s ongoing economic collapse.
By Steve Baldwin
American Spectator, October 19, 2017
What’s clear is that the producers are leaving the state and the takers are coming in. Many of the takers are illegal aliens, now estimated to number over 2.6 million. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that California spends $22 billion on government services for illegal aliens, including welfare, education, Medicaid, and criminal justice system costs. Liberals claim they more than make that up with taxes paid, but that’s simply not true. It’s not even close. FAIR estimates illegal aliens in California contribute only $1.21 billion in tax revenue, which means they cost California $20.6 billion, or at least $1,800 per household.
Nonetheless, open border advocates, such as Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg, claim illegal aliens are a net benefit to California with little evidence to support such an assertion. As the Center for Immigration Studies has documented, the vast majority of illegals are poor, uneducated, and with few skills. How does accepting millions of illegal aliens and then granting them access to dozens of welfare programs benefit California’s economy? If illegal aliens were contributing to the economy in any meaningful way, California, with its 2.6 million illegal aliens, would be booming.
Furthermore, the complexion of illegal aliens has changed with far more on welfare and committing crimes than those who entered the country in the 1980s. Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute has testified before a Congressional committee that in 2004, 95% of all outstanding warrants for murder in Los Angeles were for illegal aliens; in 2000, 23% of all Los Angeles County jail inmates were illegal aliens and that in 1995, 60% of Los Angeles’s largest street gang, the 18th Street gang, were illegal aliens. Granted, those statistics are old, but if you talk to any California law enforcement officer, they will tell you it’s much worse today. The problem is that the Brown administration will not release any statewide data on illegal alien crimes. That would be insensitive. And now that California has declared itself a “sanctuary state,” there is little doubt this sends a message south of the border that will further escalate illegal immigration into the state.
Indeed, California goes out of its way to attract illegal aliens. The state has even created government programs that cater exclusively to illegal aliens. For example, the State Department of Motor Vehicles has offices that only process driver licenses for illegal aliens. With over a million illegal aliens now driving in California, the state felt compelled to help them avoid the long lines the rest of us must endure at the DMV. And just recently, the state-funded University of California system announced it will spend $27 million on financial aid for illegal aliens. They’ve even taken out radio spots on stations all along the border, just to make sure other potential illegal border crossers hear about this program. I can’t afford college education for all my four sons, but my taxes will pay for illegals to get a college education.
HOMELESS CRISIS IN LOS ANGELES, MEXICO’S SECOND LARGEST
CITY, WORSENS BY THE DAY…. Approximates the great depression
93% of the murders in Los Angeles are by Mexicans
HOMELESS AMERICA’S HOUSING CRISIS as 40 million illegals have climbed U.S. open borders.
EVERY AMERICAN (Legal) only one paycheck and two illegals away from living in their cars.
No decline in Michigan poverty since the Great Recession
By Debra Watson
28 December 2017
By Jason Richwine
The Corner at National Review Online, December 21, 2017
. . .
How about restricting low-skill immigration to encourage recruitment of Americans? No, Furman says, because — well, actually, he does not mention immigration at all, not even to dismiss its importance. Omitting the i-word in discussions of labor-force dropout is an unfortunate habit on both the left and the right. Amy Wax and I wrote our Inquirer op-ed (based on a much longer essay in American Affairs) to show that employers turned to immigrants as the native work ethic declined. As evidence, we point both to the much higher labor-force participation of low-skill immigrants compared to low-skill natives, as well as to the near-universal preference expressed by employers for immigrant labor. Restricting the flow of foreign workers would generate a major incentive for business owners, politicians, and opinion leaders to reintegrate American men into the labor force. It is, in our opinion, a crucial part of any reform strategy.
. . .http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/454859/male-labor-force-participation-immigration
By Preston Huennekens
CIS Immigration Blog, December 8, 2017
Their study indicates that E-Verify is one of the most important enforcement tools available to states that wish to reduce their illegal alien populations. Research shows that most illegal migration is for economic reasons, and that the adoption of E-Verify and other worksite enforcement measures effectively blocks illegal aliens from procuring employment, thereby preventing many from settling down in the United States. Faced with mandatory E-Verify, the study shows that many aliens either returned to their home countries or traveled to other states that did not have employment verification regulations.
. . .https://cis.org/Huennekens/Study-Shows-EVerifys-Effectiveness
By John Miano
CIS Immigration Blog, December 12, 2017
. . .
When Disney replaced 350 Americans with foreign workers, forcing them to train their replacements, did we see any Florida members of Congress threaten to shut down the government unless it was stopped?
When Southern California Edison and the University of California replaced Americans with foreign workers, did any California members of Congress threaten to shut down the government unless it was stopped?
When Toys "R" Us replaced Americans with foreign workers, did any New Jersey members of Congress threaten to shut down the government unless it was stopped?
When Cargill and Best Buy replaced Americans with foreign workers, did any Minnesota members of Congress threaten to shut down the government unless it was stopped?
Yet when illegal aliens working under the DACA program are threatened with losing their jobs, members of Congress spring into action:
. . .https://cis.org/Miano/Whom-Does-Congress-Work
AMERICA'S CRIMINAL BANKSTERS LOOTED MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS OF AMERICA'S REAL ESTATE WITH THEIR TOXIC MORTGAGES AND WERE REWARDED WITH NO-STRINGS BAILOUTS AND NO (REAL) REGULATION.... THEY'RE STILL LOOTING AMERICA!
Socialism and the problem of the super-rich
28 December 2017
Index published on Friday, which showed that the
fortunes of the world’s wealthiest 500 billionaires
rose 23 percent over the past year, making them $1
trillion richer than at the end of 2016. The combined
wealth of this group reached $5.3 trillion. The gain
of $1 trillion was four times last year’s increase.