CA Wants Governor to Issue ‘State of Emergency’ For Uncontrollable Homeless Population
In stereotypical Democrat form, when there is a problem, continue to be an enabler by throwing more money at it. That’s just what Los Angeles elected officials want Governor Gavin Newsom to do in regards to their increasingly growing and overwhelming homeless problem.
A proposal from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Joe Buscaino want the governor to declare a state of emergency on homelessness in California” according to Herald Mail. Those who support the declaration say it is a “novel strategy to free up state and federal funding typically reserved for natural disasters, such as earthquakes or wildfires, and to suspect or streamline the regulatory hurdles that often slow down shelter and housing development.”
According to Herald Mail, “many in L.A. have been frustrated by the sluggish pace of construction of new shelters and housing for the estimated 44,000 residents in in the county, including 27,000 in the city, who live outdoors in tents, cars or lean-tos, as opposed to shelters or other temporary housing.”
Buscaino says he is frustrated at treating the homeless issue as though “we’re stopping for every red light, instead of treating this like an emergency.”
Gary Blasi, a retired law professor who specializes in homelessness issues said “the governor should not sign a declaration of emergency until the proponents identify the specific laws and regulations they want to get around, and the resources they believe the declaration would free up.”