Tag: Homeless

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The California Homeless Urban Brushfire Fire Season Begins

Vacant lot on residential street near Downtown Los Angeles set ablaze after homeless encampment catches fire on the night of August 19, 2020.

As the only member of my family living in California – specifically, Los Angeles – I have to deal with the common misconceptions of the state: No, one does not go up to celebrities and start talking to them, even just to say how much one likes their work. No, locals generally don’t go to Hollywood; it’s an overpriced, touristy hellscape of traffic with no parking. And no, even if one does go to the beach (many don’t – that hellscape of traffic with no parking thing again), people only swim on the hottest days because the ocean here is icy cold.

But what I find myself having to correct most often is no, those dramatic wildfires on the news are nowhere near me. I live a mile outside of Downtown LA in a dense, urbanized area, and there are no sections of hills and brushlands near me to go up in flames. What they are seeing is always either in the hills where the wealthy have homes or the suburbs so far from me that I won’t see the smoke until and unless it burns so long that it dissipates into a choking, carbon-scented haze that drifts over the Santa Monica Mountains and hangs over the Los Angeles Basin.

Nicole Gelinas joins Seth Barron to discuss recent violence on New York’s Upper West Side, why the decision to house homeless men in nearby hotels isn’t good for them or their neighbors, and the risk that the city faces of losing wealthier residents due to quality-of-life concerns.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why Are Bus Drivers Anxious?


This article about the death of a (Seattle-King County) Metro Transit driver is ostensibly about the anxiety of fellow transit operators at the death of one of their co-workers. The real subject is the source of that anxiety, which is described as an increasing number of “non-destinational riders”. How about that newly-created phrase! Metro Transit has always had a low-level problem with buses that go through downtown with homeless individuals on their buses, who simply ride around and never leave. Lately, with the Wuhan Coronavirus reducing ridership by orders of magnitude, coupled with the new policy of everyone riding free, has caused an explosion of literal “Free Riders” who camp out on the Metro buses.

Those drivers’ anxiety isn’t just about the possibility of contracting the disease, but also the behavior of the homeless bus-campers. The article also describes the “new normal” for the Seattle Navigation Team’s procedures for dealing with local homeless camps and campers. Camps are multiplying, and the existing ones are growing.

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The title of this morning’s story is “Enough with the Pooping and Peeing, says Downtown Seattle Business.” Beware of the video at the link with uncomfortable content; it was posted on the KOMO-Seattle Web site, so they considered it OK for the average viewer. The homeless and others in downtown Seattle seem to have lost […]

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Heather Mac Donald joins Seth Barron to discuss homelessness on the streets of San Francisco and the city’s wrongheaded attempts to solve the problem.

“San Francisco has conducted a real-life experiment in what happens when a society stops enforcing bourgeois norms of behavior,” writes Mac Donald in City Journal. For nearly three decades, the Bay Area has been a magnet for the homeless. Now the situation is growing dire, as residents and visitors experience near-daily contact with mentally disturbed persons.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Three Cheers for Governor Abbott


Yesterday, October 2, 2019 Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to Austin’s mayor demanding the mayor do something about Austin’s homeless problem. It has been out of control since the City Council passed a law legalizing overnight camping everywhere – except in front of City of Austin offices. As a result, Austin has been turning into San Francisco South-Central.

And if the mayor blows off the Governor? Abbott pledges to use state authority to clean up Austin if the mayor fails to solve the problem by November 1.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Filling the World with Fools


The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of their folly is to fill the world with fools.”

– Julius Zincgref

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Not one of which is any kind of surprise. Courtesy of the KOMO Web Site. Some Seattle Restaurants Struggle with $15 Minimum Wage After Five Years. Read More View Post

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. More Dispatches from the Pacific Northwest Loony Bin, a.k.a., Seattle


Sometimes it seems like the residents of Seattle are completely detached from reality. While those of us in the real world are hard at work at our jobs, Seattleites are rallying in the streets, protesting Chase Bank’s “Alleged Fossil-Fuel Investments.” Please enlighten me. Why, pray tell, would anyone give a rat’s behind whether a bank has fossil-fuel investments? The said bank isn’t even headquartered in Seattle! Maybe what they’re really protesting is the bankruptcy of the Seattle institution, Washington Mutual, in the 2008 financial crisis. Chase bought WaMu out of bankruptcy and the locals have never quite forgiven them for it. But any institution with any kind of “fossil-fuel” ties gets protested around here.

And then, there’s the story of employees at Seattle’s second-largest employer, Amazon.com, who are irked by Amazon’s “growing ties to the oil industry.” Just like with the Google employees protesting their employer’s work for the US military, Amazon employees think it’s actually their business whether Amazon works with the oil industry. These inmates seem to think they run the asylum. I sure hope that Amazon management lets them know that they do not, and it’s really none of their business who Amazon customers are. They are just acting like the spoiled brats they are.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Jeff Bezos Should Buy Every Homeless Person a House?


On Monday nights I get together with friends at a local coffee shop to play cards. One of the people in our little play group is a young lady. She’s 27, has an MSW, and works as a substance abuse counselor.

This young lady is an intelligent person, but sometimes she says breathtakingly stupid things. They’re the kind of things the sound good … for about three seconds. Then they fall apart as soon as you think about them a little more.

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A short while ago, the city council of Seattle unanimously passed an “employee hours tax,” more commonly called a “head tax” on businesses with $20 million of gross income earned in Seattle. The tax was intended to pay for more “services for the homeless” whose plight were supposedly caused by all those disgusting, high-paying jobs […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The New Battle in Seattle: Don’t Blame Amazon for the City’s Housing Woes


Seattle has decided to be a last-minute entrant into the competition for Amazon’s HQ2. But while most cities — such as Boston and Washington — are trying to land the retailing giant’s second headquarters, Seattle is doing its best to make Amazon reconsider the importance of its current home base. The company “will continue to evaluate its long-term plans for Seattle after the City Council passed a bill to tax large businesses to fund homelessness services,” according to the Seattle Times. Recall that when a larger tax was being considered, Amazon had halted planning one new office building and was considering subleasing the office space on another that’s under construction.

“What people in New England who hate Trump are really saying is ‘I make over $100 grand a year and I have a graduate degree.'”

So says Fox News host Tucker Carlson in this bonus edition of the Behind The Blue Wall podcast. He also talks about his family’s connections to Maine, the bizarre story of the book-banning “bookstore,” and why you’ll never hear the phrase “I can’t believe you said that” from him.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Democrats publicly feud over how prominent the impeachment issue should be in 2018. They also shake their heads as the Seattle City Council tries to fight homelessness by taxing companies $275 for every employee if the business makes more than $20 million per year. They fire back as Never Trump “Republican” Steve Schmidt says Trump’s decision to embassy is only a calculation for the midterm elections and that the president has blood on his hands from the violence along the Israel-Gaza border. And Jim offers a champagne toast to mark the passing of prolific author and National Review friend Tom Wolfe.

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Last week my older cousin sister What’s App’d me from India: Just watched Wild Wild Country Netflix doco on Rajneesh. Must watch. Mad!! Read More View Post

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Addiction, Homelessness, and Healthcare


I’m really tired today after coming off of working three days in a row. That may not seem like a lot to the regular work-a-day folks, but when you’re in healthcare, the hours are often long and arduous. I’ve worked about 40 hours in the past three days, and I work in a busy Emergency Department in Portland, OR. Every day that I worked, the ED was on divert — meaning ambulances were directed to not come to us because we were so busy.

When I left work last night, there were 30 patients in the waiting room. Many had been waiting three to five hours just to be put in a room; the wait time to see a physician after being roomed was even longer. Staff scurried about looking haggard, pulled in a million directions. At one point I counted 17 patients in the department that had been admitted to inpatient services waiting for a bed, but since the hospital was full they continued to board in the ED. Multiple patients were there with mental health crises that had landed them with psych holds.