Anything to Win – Free Cities are now being cleaned up as midterm approaches

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It’s amazing how politicians react to the election year calendar.

They don’t seem to have any problem getting rid of necessary projects, voter concerns, and things they deem a nuisance, for a few years, but as soon as they’ve finished a year since re-election, things tend to begin to complete. at almost lightning speed.

As COVID-19 began to take root in the US, people on the streets were largely left free – with many cities halting raids on homeless camps as directed by health officials. federal economy.

One major problem, homelessness, has become so pervasive in progressive cities that tourists and conference venue seekers are forced to look elsewhere to spend their money. .

However, with midterm elections looming in November, suddenly liberal cities across the country – where tent dwellers in public spaces have long been accepted.

Leaders are dismantling prisons and pushing for other stringent measures to tackle homelessness that were unprecedented a few years ago.

Makeshift shelters on busy roads, city tents lined the sidewalks, tarps covering broken-down cars and sleeping bags stuffed in storefronts. The reality of the homelessness crisis in Oregon’s largest city is undeniable.

The homeless in PortlandThe crisis has increased markedly in recent years. In the year 2019 of the region count time – an annual census – an estimated 4,015 people are experiencing homelessness, with half of them “doorless” or sleeping outside.

The situation has affected businesses and events, with employers often asking officials to do more. Some are looking to move, while others are already there.

Most notably, Oregon’s largest annual golf tournament, LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic, moved from Portland last year due to safety concerns related to a nearby homeless camp.

Despite spending $300,000 on security and implementing a buddy system so workers can stay safe outdoors, the division of The US Geological Survey is looking to move.

“I would be an idiot to sit here and tell you that things are better today than they were five years ago on the issue of homelessness.,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said recently. “The people in this city are not stupid. They can open their eyes. ”

Wheeler has now used emergency energy to camping is prohibited along certain streets and say homelessness is “The most important problem facing our community, no. ”

Last month, Portland camping on both sides of the road “has a lot of collisions”. This follows a report that found 19 of 27 pedestrians killed by cars in Portland last year were homeless. People in at least 10 camps were given 72 hours to leave. “It is very clearly said that people are dying,” said Whieler. “So I approach this issue from a sense of urgency. ”

In Seattle, New Mayor Bruce Harrell has run on a call-to-action platform on plantations, with a focus on tent cities that were highly visible during his first few months in office. Across from City Hall, two blocks’ worth of tents and belongings were removed Wednesday.

In California, home to more than 160,000 homeless people, cities are reshaping how they handle the crisis. The Los Angeles City Council in October used a new law to ban camping in 54 locations.

It sucks that Amazon is “temporarily” removing workers from downtown Seattle due to the violent crime wave.

San Francisco Mayor of London Breed declared a state of emergency in December in the crime-heavy neighborhood of Tenderloin, which has no basis for drug trafficking, overdose deaths and homelessness. She said it’s time to get aggressive and “be less lenient with all the bulls that have destroyed our city.”

In Sacramento, Voters could decide on many of the homeless-related ballot measures proposed in November – including banning people from storing “hazardous waste,” such as needles and feces, on property public and private, and asked the city to create thousands of temporary beds.

Last year Austin, TX voters restored a ban that punishes campers downtown and near the University of Texas, in addition to making it a crime to ask for money in certain areas and times.

In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has announced plans to begin banning people from sleeping on trains or traveling on the same routes throughout the night. The recently elected mayor likened homelessness to a “cancerous wound,” lending what advocates describe as a negative and inaccurate narrative that evils people.

Homelessness campaigners have condemned the aggressive measures, saying the problem is being viewed as an evil or a opportunity for cheap political gainrather than a humanitarian crisis.

Donald H. Whitehead Jr., executive director of the National Coalition on the Homeless, said at least 65 US cities are criminalizing or cracking down on prison camps. “Wherever there is a high number of homeless people, we begin to see this as their response. ”

As someone who lives in California, I agree with Mr. Whitehead.

In every city with a population of 500k or more residents, in our state you’ll see growing homelessness and eventually sprawling camps.

Despite complaints from citizens in city council meetings across the state, including Fresno, leftists on the council acted more like social justice activists than social justices. elected to protect the citizens of their city.

But hey, for those expecting competitive elections in their cities/states, there will be action on things that can be used against incumbents. Anything to Win – Free Cities are now being cleaned up as midterm approaches

Jake Nichol

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