California Dreamin’

Homeless Guy Bench

California’s three largest cities; San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego are all struggling with an enormous homelessness problem and the after effect is wreaking havoc among residents.

De facto tent cities, sidewalks crowded with human feces and hypodermic needles, garbage piled high in the streets, open drug use and aggressive pan handling have transformed large swaths of these formerly great cities in to mini 3rd world countries.

Whoops, almost forgot about the typhus epidemic due to excessive garbage pile ups and an accompanying rat population explosion.  Nothing says being a forward thinking, progressive city like a reoccurrence of mid-evil disease!

I would say the inmates are running the asylum except the word inmate is outlawed in California. Kinda joking but kinda not.  According to this Los Angeles Times article, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently submitted a proposal to scrap words like “felon” in favor of “returning resident” or “formerly incarcerated person.”

I kid you not.  The board’s reasoning is to sanitize language in the criminal justice system by using:

“…..people-first language — phrases that strip any objectification or pejorative descriptions for more neutral and positive descriptors. 

A parolee could be described as a person under supervision. Convict could be referred to as a “currently incarcerated person, while a juvenile offender or delinquent would be described as a young person impacted by the justice system.”

 I’m sorry, what?  A new city Poop Patrol department had to be created because your sidewalks are so overloaded with crap and you’re worried certain words may be offensive to convicts?  Just how did we get to this point?

In my opinion, California’s decision makers at all levels of state and local government have failed so miserably at fixing problems they themselves helped to create that their only way to save face was to legislate such problems out of existence.

Dealing with complex issues surrounding homelessness?  Well then, just provide free housing with no requirement to stop using drugs/alcohol, allow makeshift campsites to take over neighborhood parks and turn a blind eye to public defecation. Poof, homeless problem solved!

Overcrowded prison problem?  Enact a rule that turns what were once felonies in to misdemeanors.  Sure open drug use, car thefts, shoplifting and “smash and grab” crimes will spike, but the prison population will surely shrink.

And how to go about reducing the number of kids getting expelled from schools?  Why just swoop that magic legislative wand and enact Senate Bill 419 that prohibits expulsions in K-12 schools.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly those expulsion rates drop!

See how easy it is to solve tough, entrenched problems? How will California handle all this winning?  

So what is really going on here? Are California lawmakers following a purposeful directive that encourages people to escape accountability for their own bad behavior and increases chaos for the rest of us?

Or are they just incredibly myopic and stupid? My money is on the latter but it really doesn’t matter.  The sad, hard truth is that lives are being and will continue to be destroyed by nonsense like this.

If someone is repeatedly making poor life choices, whether it’s acting up in class, doing drugs, going to the bathroom in the streets, or shoplifting, you’re not doing them any favors by eliminating consequences for the bad behavior. You’re just providing a bigger shovel for them to make the hole they’re stuck in deeper and setting them up for failure down the road.

And it’s not just California either, this type of magical thinking occurs in legislative offices all over the country.  The stunning cowardice of politicians and their inability to tell people things that might upset them, has contributed greatly to the cultural divide (it’s their fault, not yours and if you elect me I will punish them) and further entrenched the victimhood mentality our aggrieved culture is saturated with.

The devastating consequences of all this cannot be over stated.  But hey, the idiots in charge get to crow about being problem solvers and virtue signal how compassionate they are.  No surprise there.

The really mystery, as I asked in California’s War On The Poor, is why do we citizens continually reelect these opportunistic morons?



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51 Responses to California Dreamin’

  1. An important factor for assuring the California (and Illinois, MIchigan, New York) experiments in utopian efforts to legislate the way to paradise, is to make sure the debt black holes of those states and their cities are fire-walled from federal bailouts. The chickens will come home to roost in the correct places eventually, if Washington DC doesn’t send any money. Then it’s down to this question: When are good people like Tricia and Steven going to high-tail it out of their insane state, and preserve their nest eggs someplace where the cost of living and regulatory intrusion are far less??
    – Jeff

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  2. Sue Cass says:

    You nailed it and anyone who doesn’t move out of there is as much to blame as the rest. Once those revenues are gone, maybe someone will wake up.

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  3. Doug says:

    Tricia.. we live in a beautiful state.. nature-wise. But people/government sure do like to climb into every facet of our personal lives here. Now they are trying to change the way we talk.

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  4. throw in the potential for plague and then maybe the past will indeed repeat itself and the numbers of those who perish will leave the powers that be with their mouths agape….
    as in wide open and not full of brotherly love…

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  5. The Night Wind says:

    The problem out here is that the State is run by the Bay Area Political Machine; Hollywood money, and Organized Crime. Eliminate those three things and the state would be Reagan Country again.

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    • Tricia says:

      I hadn’t thought about the organized crime factor but that definitely makes sense. Not so easy to get rid of the Bay Area political machine though when the majority of voters repeatedly buy in to their nonsense.


  6. Excellent. This is a huge issue. Fox news has done some great reporting on it. We must all wake up and stop electing those who would enact this insanity.

    Michael Wilson
    Christian Training Center

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  7. Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote says:

    A few years ago I spent ten days in Beverly Hills. I wasn’t there on vacation, I was there to assist a relative after a surgical procedure. It was my first visit to that part of California, and I expected it to be beautiful and glamorous.

    Instead of glamour, I saw homeless people everywhere. Yes, there were beautiful mansions and unbelievably expensive cars. But it was hard to notice any of that, because of all the people living on the streets. In Beverly Hills!

    We spent one day at Venice Beach, and I got a great picture of a sailboat on the bay, which I use as the header for my blog. What that picture does not show are the multitudes of homeless people, all over the boardwalk and the beach.

    It broke my heart.

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    • Tricia says:

      It is heartbreaking Linda and I’m sorry for the bad experience you had. It can be surreal walking through cities like Beverly Hills, surrounded by fantastic wealth yet having to dodge homeless people passed out in the streets.

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      • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote says:

        Very surreal, indeed. Do you live in California? I was born there, many decades ago. My first clear memory in life is of a 6.7 earthquake. I woke up in my crib and everything was shaking, banging, and falling off the shelves and walls. My mom was screaming.

        First memory. It kind of set the theme for my life, lol.

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        • Tricia says:

          Well that is quite the memory to start out life with! I do love here in San Diego. I grew up in MA but I’ve been here quite some time. I have family here and love the weather and beaches. The state politics just drive me nuts though!

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          • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote says:

            The situation is crazy there. My husband and I have children and grandchildren in California, some in San Diego, others near San Jose. We do a lot of praying.

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  8. Wally Fry says:

    Ironic really, that most Californians would say I live in a backward state, stuck in the past. As you know, Tricia, that is Arkansas. On the other hand, one would be hard-pressed to find feces in the streets, even in the city.

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  9. Mister Took says:

    Tricia, your blog totally ‘hits the nail…’.
    I’d like to post it in my FB timeline. May I ???

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Tricia you are spot on.
    My only comment would be there has to be more quality of life then weather and beaches. At some point the weather will be all that is good in CA. The beaches will be overrun by homeless, trash, rats and a lot of other horrible things. Then what?
    I lived in CA for over four years on Treasure Island. Loved it. Don’t want to do it again because the area is so changed over the last years and SF/Oakland are two cesspools you have to travel thru when leaving TI. No thanks.
    Someone said “You reap what your sow”.
    Interesting times/

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  11. Al says:

    Further proof how our minds think alike, Tricia (see my post from last week.) How can so many people turn a blind eye to the mismanagement in these cities. And we haven’t even gotten around to Chicago yet!

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  12. ColorStorm says:

    The homeless are truly an epidemic trish- this does not mean we are berating them: ‘but for the grace of God there go I,’ yet we are abrading those in power who enable them to live such lives.

    I share your frustration and rightful and correctly aimed scorn.

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    • Tricia says:

      They are an epidemic, aren’t they ColorStorm? A lot about this troubles me, but particularly the actions of those in power who seem to be throwing up their hands at treating these people as human beings and capable of responsible behavior. It’s demeaning to all concerned and only makes things worse.

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  14. Well said, Tricia. It’s like that all over Seattle too, and in smaller towns all along the coast. In my tiny little dot I often fight with local officials about clean needle programs for the “homeless and mentally ill” because no one will just come out and say it, we have a drug problem fueled by a really bad leadership problem. 95% of our problem people are addicts, but we can’t say that, we can’t open the can of worms that was corruption and Obamacare and unsecured borders. We can’t name the evil for what it is and so we can’t actually treat the problem. It’s just maddening, it’s heartbreaking, and people are dying.

    President Trump and his wife too have been pouring billions into drug programs and swamp draining. There’s been some huge busts, recently in Texas and Florida, that expose some major corruption, pharmaceutical companies, organized crime, etc. There is hope, but what a tragedy, what a terrible man made disaster.


    • Tricia says:

      Really appreciate this insightful comment IB. You are so right about not being able to treat the real problems because we refuse to name it. It’s amazing and utterly maddening at how many leaders just close their eyes to this, while at the same time pushing nonsense things like trying to outlaw “scary” words. Truly something rotten to the core has infected so many in leadership.


  15. Trica,

    Good post on a sad subject. What leads to homelessness is a question that needs to be addressed. How can an average caring person help a person who is a drug addict or has mental problems?

    Charities help in the short run if a homeless is a result of conditions not entirely of their making and is willing to work.

    What we are seeing now is greater numbers are just the tip of the iceberg of the future of our Nation when both family and government become helpless to deal with the problems of drugs which to some homeless their only hope to escape their sad circumstances.

    California and Seattle government does not know what to do and that is why there is an exodus taking place now in California of people who have the means or resources.

    I sometimes wonder if the reason California welcomes immigrants is that they are the only ones willing and physically and mentally able or capable to work anymore in California and Seattle.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    • Tricia says:

      Good comment Salvageable. Homelessness is a very complex issue involving numerous factors as to why people become that way in the first place, but the government treats them all the same, as if they just woke up one one day on the streets. That is not the case as we all know and so many of those needing a good dose of tough love, addiction therapy and life skills training are not getting what they need.

      The Democratic party in California welcomes illegal immigrants because they want more voters. Whether that plays out in their favor or not remains to be seen.


  16. Julie says:

    “Nothing says being a forward thinking, progressive city like a reoccurrence of mid-evil disease!“
    Great line.

    Amen to the paragraph about the bigger shovel. To some extent I hear this cowardice coming from the pulpit, too. It cripples people.

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  17. James Burgess says:

    I feel they can be enabling and almost intimidated by accountability and responsibility.

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  18. I come from a city of homeless. It’s a continuous struggle to help those in need and some that don’t want help.

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