Homeless Narratives: Sleepover Protest, Riverbed Eviction, Bus Bench Removal, & Disney Low Wage Hit the News


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A Slam by the River. After Honda Center Gets the “Cleanup” It Wanted (swiped from Lou Noble)

We here at OJB wanted to know how coverage of recent developments such as the Homeless Protest and Riverbed Eviction and the Bus Shelter Seat Removal issues have been playing.  Turns out that largely these stories have gotten somewhat mushed together — along with some on Disney’s poverty wages — so we’re not even going to try to sort them out.  Anyway, we were provided with this list:

https://www.theguardian.com/ us-news/2017/jul/10/ disneyland-homeless-benches- anaheim-california

http://www.ocregister.com/ 2017/07/14/county-notifies- homeless-people-near-honda- center-to-move-from-flood- control-channel-area/

http://ktla.com/2017/07/15/ while-homelessness-surges-in- disneylands-shadow-anaheim- removes-bus-benches/

https://amp.theguardian.com/ us-news/2017/jul/17/ disneyland-low-wages-anaheim- orange-county-homelessness

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/ 17/workers-disneyland- homeless/

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/ sleep-out-protest-outside- disneyland-by-homeless- advocates-ends-because-of- sprinklers-8259023

http://voiceofoc.org/2017/07/ oc-public-works-to-evict- homeless-from-the-honda- center-side-of-the-santa-ana- riverbank/

http://ktla.com/2017/07/17/o- c-evicting-homeless-from- riverbed-encampment-near- honda-center/

http://abc7.com/news/homeless- living-along-santa-ana- riverbed-evicted/2227238/

You can’t buy that kind of publicity!  Or, more to the point, you can’t buy your way out of it!  As an Anaheim fan, though, it does bother me how the City seems to take the brunt of attention for a countywide (and regionwide) problem.  Too bad that its denuded future income projections  suggest that this may continue — while the culprits get away!

To clear the taste of that bad publicity from your mouth, let’s take a look at some comments from Matt Cunningham’s Anaheim Blog that show the civic spirit of the Kleptocratic crowd and its lumpen followers over the past day or so.

Oh Waaaaa

… They are a pack of parasites who want to rob, rape and steal from you. Why don’t you take you trail of tears down there and do give them all of your money? Because all it would result in would be extra heroin and empty booze bottles. You are probably one of those morons who hold up traffic so you can hand some drunken hobo a $1 bill at intersections and on ramps.

And

Get the hell off of your phony baloney high horse you arrogant jack ass. How about you go spend all of YOUR money housing these animals and you will see that they’ll just wind up in exactly the same situation in under a year. How stupid are you?

And

did you hear about the housed individual who was stabbing people experiencing homelessness in the eyes with a railroad spike. He also lit them on fire and murdered them while they slept. I believe 2 of the victims were senior citizens and possibly a veteran. He killed, that they know of, 5 people and assulted 12. He was from orange county. So horrible.

And

Nunya Biznezz

You are correct. They do not WANT the help.
The city council and police in Orange have been so paralyzed with fear about retaliatory lawsuits, they ignore the laws and allow his problem to grow exponentially.

The solution is actually simple. Just enforce the current laws. No exception. Since you can’t force them to be productive members of society. Make it so hard to camp and do drugs that they just move on to the next apathetic community. As a tax paying home owner in Orange, I am sick of crime, debris, and community rot that they bring with them.

Just enforce the laws and let the courts figure out the frivolous lawsuits. In the meantime, call the police every single time you see some vagrant setting up a tent. It is illegal to camp in Orange and they WILL move them along. You have to take action.

And

We do provide for them. Have you read a property tax bill? Seen how much we pay in state and federal income tax? We pay for their Healthcare food housing Etc already. The problem is that they do not use it for their basic needs that use it to satisfy addictions unfortunately. They shun public assistance because there are rules and regulations such as don’t do drugs don’t drink too much alcohol and seek employment. Don’t kid yourself, this is an active choice these people are making, they don’t want our help they just want the things our help can provide. for most of them there’s no intention on changing nor desire to do so

It’s good to see that Matt has finally found his proper readership!

Admittedly, these unsympathetic-to-hysterical-to-sociopathic comments aren’t all 100% false.  Some homeless are violent; some homeless have drug problems — just as is the case among people with homes.  Much of this is probably outright lies and agitation, though, and there’s no question that the commenters paint with a wildly overbroad brush.  And of course their solution is, essentially — for few follow the implications of their arguments to their conclusion — for people to just die already.  It’s only when you’re not willing to go that far that you have to trouble your little mind about what to do.

Who do we ask about this sort of anonymous reaction to fellow human beings?  I know!  Matt published a tongue-bath story today about Anaheim City Council District 6 candidate Trevor O’Neill — anyone know how to reach him for comment on one of the problems he’ll be asked to help solve if elected?


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)