The homelessness problem in Los Angeles is worsening, for the city as well as the county. The city of LA reported a 16 percent increase in their homeless population in one year with a corresponding 12 percent increase in LA County.
In the city, there are 36,000 homeless residents while there are a total of 59,000 residing in the county. This includes those living in the streets, in homeless shelters, and in their vehicles. Around 75 percent of those listed are living outside, causing a public health crisis.
“At this point of unprecedented wealth in the county of Los Angeles, we are equally confronted with unprecedented poverty manifesting itself in the form of homelessness,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said to the Los Angeles Times.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti believes the issue is “heartbreaking” but intends to throw even more money at the problem. The city is pledging an additional investment of $42 million toward more public services, which will likely attract more homeless people to benefit from them.
“This work has never been for the faint of heart, and we cannot let a set of difficult numbers discourage us, or weaken our resolve,” Garcetti said to the Times.
City officials had believed that the 2017 Measure H sales tax revenue would take people off the streets and from shelters into permanent housing, but the exact opposite effect has apparently occurred.
“Last year’s count, we felt we were trimming in a way that would suggest we were getting our arms around this,” Ridley-Thomas said. “And yet this year we are pretty well stunned by this data.”
Activists in the community are growing frustrated with liberal city officials, screaming slogans during Tuesday’s supervisor meeting such as “Shame on you!” and “That’s an undercount!”
Peter Lynn, who works as executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, points to skyrocketing rents and housing costs as factors for causing the surge in the homeless population.
“If we don’t change the fundamentals of housing affordability, this is going to be a very long road,” Peter Lynn told the Times. “If we don’t get ahead of affordability, we’re going to be very hard pressed to get ahead of homelessness.”
“Overall, the service portion of the effort on mental health, substance use, the issue of housing, rent subsidies, those are important and we should stay the course,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Where we have to work much harder is in the area of affordable housing.”
LA County is not alone in dealing with this problem, as it is an epidemic across California. Orange County reported a 43 percent increase in homelessness from its last recorded count in 2017. Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern counties have seen increases of 20 percent or more in their homeless populations.
California as a whole is suffering the burden of liberal governance, as continued subsidies for the homeless population combined with burdensome regulations that prevent sufficient job growth will only cause the problem to worsen as they deal with the consequences of their impending bankruptcy.
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Elitists Ready State-of-the-Art Doomsday Bunkers as Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens
It’s good to be a plutocrat!
While ordinary Americans deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the many anxieties that accompany the unprecedented crisis, the super rich are retreating to state-of-the-art bunkers featuring bowling alleys, swimming pools, and other amenities.
The providers of these doomsday bunkers are reporting a drastic increase in business, with coronavirus hysteria causing at least one economic sector to boom.
“As unpopular as coronavirus is, it’s getting the publicity of a Backstreet Boys hit in the ‘90s,” said Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Bunkers. “People have an infatuation with it.”
Business is good for Lynch and other bunker manufacturers, as the ultra rich scramble to use their remaining wealth to seclude themselves. There is no limit to the luxuries that can be provided in a modern bunker, with many of these bunker models resembling mansions.
“Movie theaters are common,” Lynch said. “We built one in California that has a shooting range, swimming pool and bowling alley.”
Lynch offers 24 different options for individuals wishing to purchase a bunker. The smallest model costs $39,500 and includes a custom air filtration system, bunk beds, a functioning toilet, and a kitchen counter. A more decadent set-up is the Fortress, which costs $1.009 million, including 15 private bedrooms, 42 bunk beds, a panic room, and a room to house guns.
The most garish model of all is the Aristocrat, which features a sauna, hot tub, swimming pool, gym, greenhouse, billiards room and garage. It costs an incredible $8.35 million to construct and is off limits to all but the super rich. Coronavirus is causing a run on these types of shelters, Lynch explains, as high-class Americans realize the necessity of extreme preparedness.
“In 2008, I talked to a guy for four-five months who was thinking about purchasing a shelter. I think he probably used the coronavirus to convince his wife, because he finally just bought one,” Lynch said. “That’s how most buyers are; they’re not in it for one single reason.”
The providers of these bunkers feel they are supplying a much-needed service in the market to alleviate the authentic fears of families in an increasingly topsy-turvy world.
“We don’t create fear. We resolve it. The true elite all have backdoor plans. They’re jumping on planes and flying to islands,” said Robert Vicino, who is CEO of the shelter-building company Vivos. “We give people the peace of mind that they have their own backdoor solution for when it’s time to take shelter.”
Vicino noted that his clientele has moved from middle class to upper class in recent months, as the wealthy no longer feel insulated from the rest of society from their gated neighborhoods. He reports that interest in his bunkers are up 1,000 percent year-over-year, and sales are up 400 percent, as doomsday fever sweeps throughout America.
“As long as time permits, we will continue to build bunkers. This world won’t be safer tomorrow,” he added.
For the Americans without the wealth to retreat from society, they will have to deal with a tumultuous and dangerous reality for their loved ones as the coronavirus pandemic continues without any sign of slowing.
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