Cali is bad, if I’m not mistaken many homeless from different states decide to settle there because of the warmer climate. Rather be a bum in LA than Detroit or Minneapolis.
Canada as just mentioned above also has a number of homeless but possibly have better shelters/social security and charity, and even those who are reluctant to go there in SW US states don’t really have a choice in northern regions when the blizzard hit the fan.
L.A.’s $1.2 Billion Bond Measure to Combat Homelessness Not Keeping Pace With Growing Need for Housing: Audit
Nearly three years after Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2 billion bond program to build up to 10,000 housing units for the homeless, an audit has found that no units have been made available and there are only 19 projects under construction across the city.
Meanwhile, costs per unit set to be built are rising dramatically.
Several years ago the gov't spent a lot of money building nice houses for Lakota (native Americans) on the Pine Ridge reservation. They were trashed in very short order. Copper wiring and plumbing fixtures were torn out and sold to scrap metal dealers. The money from that was largely spent on alcohol. Money for the project ran out, and many of those formerly nice houses stand derelict today.
A Massive Mural of Greta Thunberg Will Debut in San Francisco Next Week
The 60-ft.-tall and 30-ft.-wide mural is by Cobre, an Argentinian artist who also painted the mural of late actor Robin Williams in San Francisco, which has since been demolished. The muralist is known for his hyper-realistic portraits.
Cobre tells TIME that the project of Thunberg’s mural began about a year ago when environmental non-profit One Atmosphere approached him after seeing the mural of Williams.
"I usually don't paint political stuff," Cobre tells TIME. "But this one I think was really important"
No big deal right? Well...he used 600 gallons worth of aerosol paint.
OneAtmopshere.org is supplying the paint, and would only admit to the artist using around 133 cans, which they say Cobre plans to repurpose into a sculpture to prevent the highly toxic items from ending up in a landfill. But The Blaze reports that a similar, smaller mural by the same artist took more than 500 cans to complete. The Thunberg mural will likely take closer to 700 cans to finish.
Cobre can be seen using hundreds of cans of spray paint in a promotional video for the mural.
It's a sign of just how childish the level of debate in the Climate Change arena has become that people praise this autistic child for parroting the words of adults instead of listening to the adults whos words she's regurgitating.
FDA moves on CBD safety — Advocates file in Supreme Court abortion-rights case
A new state law would allow the state to forcefully "conserve" people with mental illness meaning that if you are homeless and determined to be not "self sufficient" the state can detain you and seize and control your finances until you prove yourself to be "self sufficient."
In one town, Redding, they have proposed this in a letter sent to Governor Gavin Newson demanding state of emergency powers. This would allow them to essentially detain any person who is "unhoused" and take control of their finances.
While California as a whole is a fairly leftist state and Democrats have proposed a state law to "conserve" the homeless, Redding is in a Republican district.
New laws taking effect in 2020 will impact schools across California.
Good idea California, make schools even more out-of-control than they already are.
I'm sure THAT will foster an environment of mutual respect and understanding.
Meanwhile, all the private schools are rubbing their hands in glee for the number of applications coming their way.
Editorial: Welcome to California, the Homeless State
The nation’s homelessness problem has to a disturbing degree become California’s homelessness problem. While the latest counts compiled by the federal government show that America’s homeless population is growing again after more than a decade of declines, the entire national increase and more can be attributed to California alone.
With a majority of states experiencing decreases in homelessness over the past year and only one small state, New Mexico, suffering a larger proportionate increase, California’s dire statistics underscore the extent to which state and local policies drive an extraordinary and persistent failure to shelter the equivalent of a midsize city. Although the state has the worst housing shortage on the U.S. mainland, resistance to dealing with it remains endemic among the Legislature’s ruling Democrats and in nominally progressive cities such as San Francisco.
Based on a January census widely believed to underestimate the true figures, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Friday that the nation’s homeless population grew by about 15,000 people to about 568,000, or 2.7%. The number of Californians without homes, meanwhile, spiked by more than 21,000 to nearly 130,000, or 16.4%. The state’s exploding homelessness was enough to overwhelm declines in 29 states, among them Washington, Hawaii, Massachusetts and other states with substantial housing pressures.
Two Years After Licensed Marijuana Merchants Began Operating in California, They Account for Just a Quarter of Sales
The CAC report, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times, projects that licensed marijuana sales will total $3.1 billion this year, compared to $8.7 billion in unlicensed sales. That means the black market still accounts for nearly three-quarters of marijuana sales. Tax revenue from legal sales for the fiscal year that ended last June was just $288 million, less than a third of the $1 billion that was expected.
Even in places where pot shops are allowed, the state and local licensing process is a "nightmare," William Panzer, who co-authored California's 1996 medical marijuana initiative, told the Times. As of September, Scott Shackford noted, Los Angeles had received more than 1,600 applications from would-be retailers. So far it has granted only 188 licenses.
In addition to the licensing ordeal and the heavy taxes, says California NORML Director Dale Gieringer, legal marijuana businesses have to deal with regulatory burdens that include legally mandated middlemen, "excessively costly" testing requirements, and "multifarious petty regulations" regarding storage, security, transportation, labeling and packaging, financial reporting, and waste disposal. "Illegal retail operations outnumber legal shops 3-to-1," Lindsay Robinson, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, told the Times. "Almost two years into legalization, we continue to be plagued by local bans, untenable taxation, onerous regulations, an illicit vape crisis, slow growth, and a thriving illicit market."
So far the main official response has been a crackdown on unlicensed sellers, perpetuating a war on weed that Proposition 64 was supposed to end. The CAC is urging the state to consider tax and regulatory relief, possibly through a new ballot initiative. Legislation introduced in January would temporarily reduce the excise tax from 15 percent to 11 percent and temporarily eliminate the cultivation tax, which is currently $9.25 per ounce for buds and will rise by 40 cents on January 1. That bill is still bottled up in committee.
You joke, but the black market for tobacco is thriving in California because of their overtaxation:
High cigarette taxes have led to thriving black market across America
Our latest estimates are complete and use data through 2016. Here is a preview of our results. We find illicit smokes continue to play the largest role in New York, where nearly 56 percent of all cigarettes consumed are smuggled in or are otherwise of questionable legal provenance. The Empire State is followed by Arizona (44 percent), Washington state (43 percent), New Mexico (41 percent) and Minnesota (35 percent).
Nevada, the sixth-ranked state, bears mentioning. It leapt a staggering 35 places year-over-year from its previous position as 41st in the nation. This change is no doubt a function of a 2015 tax hike of $1 a pack. We expect Nevada’s rank to drop in next year’s estimates, however. Our data set only goes through 2016, so it doesn’t reflect California’s $2 a pack increase in 2017, which brings that state’s tax to $2.87 a pack. Due to that hike, Nevadans will have one less convenient source of cheaper cigarettes from which to choose.
California presents an interesting case. Its high excise tax on cigarettes, border with Mexico and coastline of busy ports may turn it into the Golden State of smuggling. Late last month, authorities in Los Angeles arrested two traffickers who are now accused of obtaining and trying to distribute tax-free smokes. One publication about the arrests indicate that the smugglers peeled off cigarettes meant for export through the Port of Los Angeles. The arrests were part of a larger investigation that uncovered two million illegal smokes.
Cigarettes are also smuggled out of states, particularly when their neighbors have a much higher excise tax. The opportunity is large, not only for individuals trying to save a buck by crossing into another taxing jurisdiction, but also for organized crime cells seeking to make thousands of dollars. The top outbound smuggling state in this year’s study is New Hampshire, at 85 percent. For every 100 cigarettes consumed in the Live Free or Die State, another 85 are smuggled elsewhere, probably to neighboring states.
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