If You Build It, They Will Come

2018 March 2
by bc3b

And they are. California has built a paradise for the homeless and illegal aliens. To begin with, California – particularly Southern California – has an ideal year round climate. In Michigan or Iowa, living on the streets in January is an unpleasant expereince. In Southern Claifornia, it’s not that bad, particularly if you’re willing to swap a little discomfort for a totally free lifestyle, one that excludes work and responsibility. Add to that legalizing marijuna, free needle exchanges, officials ignoring laws regarding vagrancy.

All that’s missing is an air conditioned room and the progressive public officials are providing that now. Think the homeless would be happy? No. It seems the hotel stripped the rooms of things like televisions, phones and coffee makers and they drained the pool. The homeless are not pleased and are threatening to sue.

Most of the homeless appear to be able-bodied although a significant percentage have drug problems, which is why the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco are littered with needles. We have a booming economy. Virtually every fast food franchise is looking for help, but the homeless would rather spend the day socializing with friends, strumming a guitar or playing with their pets than working the counter at McDonald’s or Carl’s Jr.

Between hotels for the homeless and sanctuary cities for illegal aliens with great benefits for both, it there any question how California has become a magnet for people who are turning the state into a third world hell hole?

Erik Teasley was happy to leave behind the ragtag encampments at the Santa Ana River Trail where he and hundreds of other homeless people had lived until last week, when the county resumed its mass dispersal of an entrenched tent-city community.

A comfortable motel sounded good to Teasley, 47. A homeless man from Santa Ana, he’d spent two years sleeping in different spots on the banks of the flood-control channel. But, last week, when he initially was moved away from the riverbed, he stood in shock when he opened the door to his room at Baymont Inn & Suites in Anaheim.

The room had been stripped bare — no phone, no TV,  no clock or radio, no mini refrigerator, no coffee maker. Even the shower curtain was gone.

Teasley and others from the riverbed placed at the three-story motel by the county could only surmise that their rooms purposely lacked such standard motel amenities because of the taint that comes with being homeless.

They’ve lived on the streets among those who see a bicycle, a TV or other stolen goods as quick cash on the black market to fuel a drug habit or other desires. But what could be argued as legitimate concerns over protecting property and liability to the homeless smacked of discrimination, especially since they also were barred from using the pool.

The homeless tenants relayed their dismay to lawyers, advocates and journalists.

“They’re making us feel like criminals,” said Laura Kasten, who shared a room at Baymont with her husband, John. “They’ve taken everything out.”

“We’re so dirty,” she added, “they couldn’t allow us to get in the pool.”

What Teasley and the Kastens didn’t know: In a six-month, $1.68 million contract to rent 99 rooms, the county and Baymont agreed to the removal of the room amenities, along with draining the pool and Jacuzzi, and barring access to the pool area and the on-site gym unless the county requests otherwise.

The contract also calls for the county to pay an additional $300 per month per pet for the homeless occupants who brought their cats and dogs, and provides a suite for the county to use as an office where workers will track the progress of homeless people getting services to help with mental health care and long-term shelter.

Such concessions illustrate the complications inherent in the rush to find temporary housing for people, including those with criminal backgrounds, who have been chased from one area to another — some places will reject them, others embrace them.

A man who identified himself as the operator of Baymont Inn & Suites, but would only give his name as John, declined to discuss the homeless tenants there or the conditions of their rooms. He said only that he was “trying to do a good thing,” but didn’t want his motel identified over concerns that housing homeless people might hurt business.

Some residents in communities near the motels now housing recent riverbed evacuees are expressing frustration. In San Clemente, some residents took to calling local motels to find out where they were staying; others are blaming them for crimes that have happened since their arrival.  

Not exactly the California Dreaming the Beach Boys were singing about in the 1960s.

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Hat Tip: Orange County Register

This is a photo of the front of the Baymont Inn & Suites on the company’s website. (Photo from Baymont Inn & Suites website) Alkofer

Beats living in a tent, but where’s my 46-inch TV?

18 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 March 2 8:02 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Yes, Kalifornia has built the perfect infrastructure for the homeless and illegal aliens. But it is not alone. Denver has experienced a significant increase in the homeless since Colorado legalized pot. It is a sanctuary city and recently decriminalized urinating and defacating in the streets.

  2. 2018 March 2 8:05 am
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    bc3b permalink

    While the hotel has taken steps to minimize its loses, you have to wonder what the costs will be in repairing damages caused, riding the hotel of bed bugs and lice, etc.

  3. 2018 March 2 8:25 am
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    justrand permalink

    Like pampered brats who inherit millions of dollars and then blow that money on hedonistic pleasures, the “Progressives” of this State inherited a thriving and beautiful place some 30 years ago now. So thriving and so beautiful it has taken them 30 years to squander what they “inherited”…but it is almost gone.

  4. 2018 March 2 8:26 am
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    Eph permalink

    Might take a little while longer but slowly people will realize that legalized weed is a bad idea.

  5. 2018 March 2 8:36 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Worth the read — http://zerogov.com/?p=5600

  6. 2018 March 2 8:39 am
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    bc3b permalink

    There was a time when any sane person (and some of the homeless are truly insane) wanted to get back on his/her feet.

    Progressives have elevated the homeless and illegal aliens into noble creatures. Both have become acceptable.

    Being homeless in Michigan is no picnic – brutally cold winters, little support from the state, pot isn’t legal and no needle exchanges. The support comes primarily from organizations like the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations. In Kalifornia, it’s like a never-ending Woodstock … without the name entertainment.

  7. 2018 March 2 8:54 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    30-40 years ago, California (as it wqas then known) was the envy of the country – celebrated in songs and film. Today’s Kalifornia – not so much.

    My office is 6 miles north of the Detroit city line. We never encounter homeless people here and the local police would handle it if we did. The video Eph posted a few weeks showed homeless encampments a stone’s throw from million dollar homes in So Cal.

    I have read articles about nurses, teachers and chefs living in their cars in Southern California because of the high cost of living. Why not move to Arizona, Texas or Ohio, where the cost of living is realistic? Shoveling snow 10 times a year beats living in a car.

  8. 2018 March 2 9:43 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    If you build it in a corn field….

    They will strip the field bare and use the baseball diamond as a toilet.

    And yet again I opine to Texans. — Charter buses to sit along the southern border. Once full up drive those riders to Nancy Pelosi’s townhome in San Fran. The money one saves in not providing social services support more than pays for the cost of the bus.

  9. 2018 March 2 9:59 am
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    justrand permalink

    bc3b: “I have read articles about nurses, teachers and chefs living in their cars in Southern California because of the high cost of living. Why not move to Arizona, Texas or Ohio, where the cost of living is realistic?

    The same happens in Silicon Valley. Whether living in cars, or living 10 people in a two-bedroom flat, working people suffer to work in these areas…and yet (thus far) ignore the FACT that their taxes are sky high in order to enable the State & Local governments to subsidize illegal aliens, homeless drifters, and drug addicts.

    The fact that U-Haul has to pay exorbitant rates to get rental vehicles BACK here says that some folks ARE waking up.

  10. 2018 March 2 10:48 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  11. 2018 March 2 11:11 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Teachers are somewhat trapped because of state certification and the glut of teachers. At my daughter’s orientation last fall they said the district received over 4,500 applications for about 60 open positions (but it is rated #13 in Michigan). There is no problem with nurses, chefs and most other occupations relocating.

    Why would anyone in his/her right mind live in a car or 8 to a 2-bedroom apartment just to exist in California? With what nurses make, they can afford a nice apartment or even buy a house in Michigan. Admittedly, it’s 36 degrees with a couple of inches of snow on the ground, but spring is coming.

    The MI state income tax is 4.25% and state sales tax is 6%. The dog doesn’t pay any state income tax. Assuming a nurse makes $52 – $103k, she would pay 9.3% state income tax plus about 8% sales tax (depending on local area).

  12. 2018 March 2 12:48 pm
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    justrand permalink

    A long article…well worth reading and passing along:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/enemies-of-the-people/

  13. 2018 March 2 12:50 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    The left hates anyone who isn’t 100% in lockstep with them.

    If you are critical of hotels for the homeless, they would view you as heartless.

  14. 2018 March 2 1:18 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    We travelled through Utah last summer and were shocked at the number of street people in SLC.
    Front desk warned us of areas to avoid. Are homeless able to prey on Mormons using guilt tripping appeals?
    Weird

  15. 2018 March 2 2:40 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  16. 2018 March 2 3:04 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal –

    Winter low temperatures in Salt Lake City average in the 20s.

    Interesting: Latino population of SLC increased from 6.4% in 1970 to 22.3% in 2010. Mormons view Latino as a source of new members, which is why they are usually pro-amnesty.

  17. 2018 March 2 7:38 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Peoples Republik of Kalifornia – beware the Republik of Seattle. They aren’t going to let you corner the homeless population without a fight:

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/task-force-pushes-head-tax-on-some-seattle-businesses-to-fund-help-for-homelessness/

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