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'It's really bad out there': Santa Clara County supervisors create task force to tackle homeless crisis

Original post made on Jan 29, 2020

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a plan to establish a homeless task force and a plan to address the region's housing insecurity crisis.


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9 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 29, 2020 at 1:23 pm

How much of our homelessness problem is caused by poor medical and mental health care in the county vs too little affordable housing?


3 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 29, 2020 at 2:56 pm

@resident
Some, not much.


11 people like this
Posted by Re-Open Places Like Agnews
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 29, 2020 at 3:09 pm

You cannot effectively house homeless derelicts due to their inherent lack of responsibility, drug/alcohol predispositions and/or mental illness issues.

They need to be institutionalized & kept out of mainstream society where they create public disturbances & nuisances.


1 person likes this
Posted by Charles Smith
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 29, 2020 at 3:15 pm

@Re-Open Places Like Agnews

Not really. Nor viable.
A poor plan overall.


8 people like this
Posted by Anna Morrison
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2020 at 8:39 am


Cortese is a supporter of senseless devastating SB 50 as well as the county rep to ABAG/MTC. He votes for growth every chance he can and it has been years. He voted for the CASA compact which are initiatives introduced by commercial real estate developers/architects and special interest non profits.

Suddenly, now that Cortese is a candidate for Senator Jim Beall’s seat, he wants to tackle the homeless crisis which he had all hands into bringing about!

Why do we believe Cortese will represent us in his district as a Senator when he isn’t doing it as a Supervisor?


9 people like this
Posted by Re-Open Places Like Agnews
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 30, 2020 at 11:08 am

> Not really. Nor viable. A poor plan overall.

^^^As a modern society we have a social obligation to assist in the care of those incapable of caring for themselves either responsibly or who pose a potential threat to the safety of others.

That is why we have jails & prisons. Institutions to house the homeless mentally ill & recurrent substance abusers are no different.

It will cost a sizable amount of tax-payer resources but the concept is still more cost-efficient than having these derelicts roaming the streets disturbing the peace, incurring repeated ER costs, law enforcement expenditures and repeated booking time at the county jail.

Just (1) round all of the incoherent vagrants up, (2) provide them with a comprehensive medical & mental diagnosis (while temporarily held in jail), (3) conduct a hearing, and if they are found incapable of functioning responsibly in mainstream society...lock them up under a state-mandated conservatorship. Done deal.

Then we can all go back to an enjoying a community free from visual blight & audible disturbances!


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Posted by Speaking From Experience...
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

Having just gotten out of county jail for a drug-related (methamphetamine) & burglary arrest, all I can say is it's good to be out & back on the streets. While I haven't fully kicked the habit & probably never will, there will always be ways of rounding up enough cash for $40 a day habit.

Life on the streets isn't easy by any means as one must often sacrifice the daily routines most take for granted (i.e. bathing, eating regularly, doing one's laundry, sleeping indoors etc.).

But all things considered & having moved to downtown Palo Alto, it's a far cry improvement over Santa Cruz along Ocean Avenue where there are probably 50-75 of my kind. Robbery & assault (even among the homeless) is common as the need for a regular supply of meth is imperative to one's existence.

So if you want to lock me up & throw away the keys, so be it...just serve up some better food than they do at county jail.


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