Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

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By Ernie Salomon

Upper State Street Motel May Rent All Rooms to Homeless: After Loma Fire Scare, City Council Considering Drastic Action to Clear out Encampments

The four-month plan at the Rose Garden Inn ― expected to cost the city between $1.6 million to $2 million ― would provide emergency lodging, food, transportation, and services for as many as 50 people now living on the streets. |

Why didn't I think of this?  What a great idea and cost effective as well!

If I am more proficient in math than over 50% of our local school children, then this brilliant plan will only cost local taxpayers $40,000 or more, per person for only four months; $10,000 or more, per person, per month!

Is this how the hard earned tax dollars of our local working people should be spent?

I will wager the city council that all expense paid vacations including airfare, hotel and food are available for much less than $10,000 per person, per month.

The cruise industry is trying to recover and I am positive that month long  cruises are available for $10,000 per person, or less.  Why put these people up in a crummy motel when our City Council can provide them with luxury for less?

Have you even thought about asking those homeless who can work, to earn money for their food, shelter and clothing?

This program covers only 50 people out of the hundreds of homeless people we have on our streets.

What happens to the people who are in the motel after four months?  Do they get thrown out onto the streets of Santa Barbara again?

If this plan is put into effect, then every member of the Santa Barbara City Council should be recalled.   I will initiate the recall myself with as much help and money that is needed! 

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FernaldPoint93108 Jun 29, 2021 09:36 PM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

Not wanting to spend $10k per month on each homeless person does not mean we hate them.

CoastWatch Jun 29, 2021 11:12 AM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

I can build an operational TENT CITY in New Cuyama for 2 Million, including U-Haul truck rentals to transport these vagrants to paradise.

Byzantium Jun 29, 2021 05:49 PM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

3:00 -- they are "different from us" because they are making us pay for their failed lifestyles. We are done paying for their lifestyles because they have rotted this town to the core from within. It's over. Stop acting like there is not already a huge welfare system for people that we are already paying for. These are the grifters and the con artists who have gamed the system and side-stepped every program offered handed to them. Done with this con game. Yes, barbed wired and barracks - just like any other displaced persons encampment. Good enough for our GI's. They have absolutely no freedom or liberty rights to destroy and take everything we value. They have freedom to move on and find where their liberty demands better meet their entitlement needs. It is not here.

letmego Jun 29, 2021 05:44 PM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

With air conditioning too? Because, air conditioning tents in the desert is not cheap.

a-1625004059 Jun 29, 2021 03:00 PM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

You just don't get it, do you. Forcing folks to do what is palatable for you but objectionable as hell to them is NOT going to change any hearts and minds. Unless your tent city is surrounded by barbed wire and armed guard towers these people are just going to exercise their American freedom/liberty to do what the futch they want. They ain't no different from you, after all (want all the freedom they can muster without any of the costs/consequences associated with it).

Ahchooo Jun 29, 2021 11:09 AM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

Ernie I understand your point. But give us some practical solutions. Sending the homeless on all-expense paid vacations sounds cute, and might actually work for some. But some of the homeless do have jobs and can’t just leave. Others are too messed up to manage a cruise, or whatever. I’d like to see some simple dorm-like dwellings built for temporary housing. Something a bit better than a cot in a warehouse, but not as pricy as apartments or hotel room. But that’s a pipe dream—building hundreds of units instantly. Aren’t they investigating setting up a campground of sorts in a parking lot somewhere?


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