While Congress deliberates the winners of their tax reform, the number of havenots seems to be growing. An article in the U-T today showed nearly 10,000 homeless people in SD County, and 55,000+ in L.A. County.
Here’s an up-close view of the growing tent cities – you can see these off the freeway, and in the shadow of the BigA (hat tip daytrip):
At 3:50, the girl on her smartphone.
And the bike chop shop? Why isn’t that busted?
Southern Cali is a very expensive place to live, I don’t get why these people don’t move to the midwest or the south where it is much cheaper to live.
I don’t go to downtown San Diego much but last time I was down there for the Metallica concert I noticed the homeless population has grown quite a bit and just a few blocks off of gaslamp it was riddled with tents and it smelled heavy of urine throughout gaslamp. I never remember it before being that bad, it was very noticeable.
I was telling my buddies from out of state attending concert with me how I thought San Diego has one of the cleanest downtowns I had ever been too. I gotta say, I am not sure about that anymore.
Agreed. Homeless downtown is out of control. They are also aggressive. I lived in Manhattan in the 90s and feel much more danger walking around at 11 pm in the Marina district (the nice part). My wife won’t walk home from work at 7pm a few blocks to our condo after so much harassment, indecent exposures, etc. and the police seemingly do nothing at all to address.
We will be selling our condo downtown (a second home) very soon. I’d be surprised if many more don’t as well.
It is a shame as I grew up in SD and now don’t feel welcome downtown. Only the homeless who pay no taxes are welcome.
I’ve had to travel from South Orange County to UCI Medical Center on a regular basis during the last several years. As the homeless encampment right outside UCI expanded along the riverbed from Anaheim to Orange during that time, it’s been uncomfortable getting off the 5 Fwy at Chapman due to the bad behavior and panhandling at the UCI Medical Center offramp.
“it’s been uncomfortable getting off the 5 Fwy at Chapman due to the bad behavior and panhandling at the UCI Medical Center offramp.”
Well, I try to think of the yin and yang of things to keep me centered, so I’m not too happy, yet not too bummed out to be around. I have to be around me all the time, so it’s better to be vaguely cheerful when possible.
Like, sure, there’s homeless people standing at the offramp stop light, trying to touch my Volvo, but then, there’s also this, from out of the blue, as if I won lotto:
So, when you think things that way, as long as the world turns, the good and bad things tend to even themselves out, more or less, and honestly, everyone’s story has a crappy ending–I mean everyone. Despair is mitigated when you know everyone’s going to eat it. It can turn my frown into a satisfied smile. And if that doesn’t do it for you, think of the short term… at least avocado toast is finally safe. No more gardener’s gloves!!
Wait? How do you hurt yourself with an avocado? Knife once around the pit. Twist. Swack the knife into the pit and twist. It’s all spoon from there.
Side note. I made light of it but with these high winds I actually got hit with an avocado in the back yard. Those same high winds have pushed the Thomas Fire to upwind from my BiLs eight (yes eight) digit home. No real worry unless you hear the polo fields are in danger.
I’m in Florida (Venice) at the moment. Real estate here is back.
“Wait? How do you hurt yourself with an avocado?”
Avocados: My name is legion. For we are many.
daytrip, you really are a trip. Your humor is out there buddy.
Its hard to even decipher what the hell you are saying most of the time, I think that is your little shtick though.
I agree with you on one thing though, I think it would be hard to be around you all the time. haha
One problem here that will be hard to ever get away from is that the weather here draws them to our area as other areas in our nation the weather is too brutal. It is more gross here to me too because it never rains and washes the urine & feces away leaving the hep a. Some people might not think thats a big deal as they don’t have little kids and can take care of themsleves but little kids don’t know any better to be sticking their hands in their mouths.
We don’t want to go down the same toilet bowl as San Francisco.