Beginning on July 1, homeless people can now squat and set up tents on public sidewalks legally according to a KENS5 report.
This moves comes 10 days after the city council decriminalized homelessness.
Prior to the change in this ordinance, it was illegal to site, lie, or camp in public. But starting this month, officers will only give tickets to individuals who block pathways. Additionally, the city council modified another provision of the ordinance that only punishes aggressive panhandlers.
Naturally, this new change has stirred up controversy in Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler sees this measure as a step in the right direction on the issue of homelessness. However, conservative Governor Greg Abbott does not see eye to eye with the Austin mayor on the matter. In a tweet, Abbott expressed his concern about this change, which he believes could put public safety at risk.
At some point cities must start putting public safety & common sense first.
There are far better solutions for the homeless & citizens. https://t.co/xYezoovVCg
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 24, 2019
Abbott even declared that “If Austin— or any other Texas city—permits camping on city streets it will be yet another local ordinance the State of Texas will override.”
Adler disagreed with Abbott’s threat stating that “I assume that someone on his staff really didn’t explain to him what it was that we did because we’ve been laser-focused on public safety and public health.”
The Austin mayor added, “Public streets are public streets. And the courts have said that if someone’s not causing a public safety risk or a public health hazard, that they have as much right to be there as anyone else.”
According to a 2018 report, there are more than 2,000 homeless people living in Austin.
Texan urban centers have taken a sharply progressive turn in the last few years.
BLP previously reported how the Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot is planning to no longer prosecute petty crimes.
These policies are typical of leftist bastions which exhibit certain features typical of failed states. These governments refuse to provide basic functions such as public order or defend property rights.
This creates a form of political chaos where the law-abiding are ultimately punished, while the criminals are rewarded for their misbehavior.
Austin is by far the most progressive urban center in Texas, but it is often a trend-setter, albeit in a bad way, for public policy that is adopted across the state.
Austin’s new homeless policy is one idea that other cities in Texas should completely avoid.
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U.S. Reports 1,200 Wuhan Virus Deaths in One Day as Mainstream Media Tows the Chinese Communist Party Line
On April 7, 2020 the United States faced its deadliest day of the Wuhan Virus crisis.
According to NBC News, the Wuhan Virus killed 1,264 people over a 24 hour span in America as of 2:05 am ET on April 7. So far, 10,906 Americans have fallen to the Wuhan Virus.
On the other hand, NBC reported that not one death was recorded in the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.
U.S. reports 1,264 coronavirus deaths in over 24 hours.
Meanwhile in China, where the pandemic broke out, not a single new coronavirus death was reported. https://t.co/ooXkR9X2L5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 7, 2020
In the meantime, the Trump Administration has maintained a level-headed approach dealing with the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, stated on April 6 he was “cautiously optimistic” that the worst case scenarios could be avoided “if we keep our foot on the accelerator” — making reference to social distancing policies that are in place in most of the country.
Fauci and other officials tasked with handing this crisis stressed the importance of stay-at-home orders during a briefing.
“I don’t think anyone has ever mitigated the way I’m seeing people mitigate right now,” he remarked.
On a more negative note, President Donald Trump warned that in the next week-and-a-half there would be a “big surge” in Wuhan Virus cases and deaths.
The president also noted that his administration was targeting certain places that have been disproportionately affected, which included New York, the city that has been the most impacted by the Wuhan Virus.
“We are pressing into action the full power of American government and American enterprise in our military has been incredible,” he stated.
The lockdown is now being lifted in Wuhan.
A spokesman for China’s National Health Commission warned his countrymen to stay on guard because the country still faces the risk of new outbreaks that could come about as a result of domestic and imported cases.
On April 6, Chinese health officials confirmed the occurrence of 32 new cases of the Wuhan Virus in mainland China.
In a similar vein, Wuhan only reported two new cases of the virus in the past two weeks.
However, these numbers should be a taken with a grain of salt.
After all, China is an authoritarian country, so it will not be known for its respect for transparency.
Previously, the Chinese government reportedly disappeared a scientist that blew the whistle on the virus.
Like its other mainstream counterparts, NBC is praising China and advancing its narratives during a time when the entire world is in a state of chaos due to China’s negligence in containing this virus.
The mainstream is clearly in the tank for China.
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