Ever sat down after a nice glass or wine, or in my case a small handful of THC candies, decided that what you will do at the end of the day, before going to bed, is read the news? Bad idea. I am now wide awake and fuming. I avoid the news. I am bored. I am bored of covid, I am bored of politics, I am bored of mundane cruelty that humans perpetuate towards other humans and creatures. In fact nowadays I get more upset with the cruelty of the dairy farming system than I do about the State of Modern Music. Those poor calves, their calling mothers, the insatiable need of adult human beings for baby-milk, makes me a little queasy. Do no harm. It is the creed I live by. Be kind, be freaky, but no do harm to humans or animals. The only thing I am a danger to is a soy bean.
I knew it when I opened up my lap top, I knew I had messed up. I knew I should have watched Izakaya Nobu with the Boy, but no, I just had to know what was going on. I could have taken the usual irritations and depravity. Florida Man castrates another guy and messes up leaving him ballless and bleeding uncontrollably. Okaaaaay….sadly the castratee is now not happy with the state of affairs, the fantasy being better than the reality. Poor bastard. That was disturbing enough, but it had nothing on the fact that the LA Mayor approved an ordinance that essentially makes being homeless illegal in LA County.
LA will fine homeless people up to $1000 per violation. Sleeping outside just about anywhere is now illegal in LA. The rules make it that finding an area to sleep which does not violate this ordinance will be absolutely impossible. Fining people who are so destitute they are homeless? Do these politicians actually think at all? How is a destitute person going to find $1000? If they had money they would not be outside! It is not a choice, it is not something which people are doing just to piss off the rest of society! The rules make it so it is ‘unlawful for a person to sit, lie, or sleep, or to store, use, maintain, or place personal property‘ within basically any area of the city. It is convoluted and complicated, and weaves a web so tight that I don’t see how anyone will ever find a place in LA that fits the bill. The rules are so prohibitive, that even with a map and a sharp mind, to stay 1000 feet away from other human life is basically impossible. I suppose SF is going to see a sad influx from LA. San Francisco cannot handle any more homeless people turning up – something I am guilty of doing, because it represented my best chance for help, but it will just have to try. The people fleeing these rules are refugees. For all their liberal credentials I don’t see nearly enough outrage from LA natives. Perhaps that will change in the coming days, or will people just be happy to get the homeless out of Venice Beach?
Not only this, LA only has the capacity to house 39 percent of it’s homeless in shelter spots on any given night. There are no other options. Do the powers that be think that the city’s homeless will suddenly find money and a place to stay? Do they think this is a choice?
When it starts to get late, and the sun goes down, and there is nowhere safe to even park up, it is the most awful sinking feeling of danger. When tiredness kicks in it gets even worse, because you have to sleep, there is no choice, because homeless people are human beings too. To then be hounded and threatened with jail on top of that fear and discomfort and danger, is just too much for anyone to bear. It is inhumane. It is cruel. It is wrong.
A fine or 6 months in county jail for the crime of being let down by society.
Are you outraged yet?