Op Ed: Madness at City Hall
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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