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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

But L.A. has estimated that staffing and operating a mobile bathroom can cost more than $300,000 annually -- a price tag that has galled some politicians. During budget talks this spring, city officials estimated that providing toilets and showers for every homeless encampment in need would cost more than $57 million a year. "How many single-family homes could you build for that much money?" Councilman Paul Krekorian asked at a hearing at City Hall last month, saying that L.A. had to find a cheaper solution. The heartburn over the price of bathrooms comes as the number of people living on the streets has surged. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority recently reported that the homeless population grew by 16% in the city this year, reaching more than 36,000.

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They'd be better off creating one, single, large, open-field campground with bathrooms and showers.

Add dumpsters and a chainlink fence around the whole thing. Pave one section for the RV crowd.

Add lights and cameras. Some want housing, so build it. Some want camping, give them camping.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 12:17 PM | Reply

You mean a refugee camp.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-06-11 12:47 PM | Reply

#2 If they want camping? If they refuse services? If they refuse treatment?

Then give them a campsite. The alternative is treatment or jail.

It's time to take back our public sidewalks and parks. It's time to take back our cities.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 12:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As if you care about the homeless.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-06-11 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 I spent years working with the homeless, Laura.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 01:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

How can you "take back" something from your fellow citizens, AKA the rightful owners?

#6 | Posted by qcp at 2019-06-11 01:19 PM | Reply

- from your fellow citizens
#6 | POSTED BY QCP

You know this how, exactly? Link?

- AKA the rightful owners?

The rightful owners are the cities, counties, and states funded by taxpayers, for the lawful use by the public.
If public spaces are taken over by unlawful gangs, drug dealers, the mafia, or unlawful campers who refuse help,
Then it's time do something.

I can assure you of this, if all their tents had swastikas on them, you'd run them out yourself.

So would I.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 01:26 PM | Reply

Ah yes, aren't the poor the worst. A bunch of nazis, gang members, mafiosi and......unlawful campers? Get a grip, man.

#8 | Posted by qcp at 2019-06-11 01:37 PM | Reply

"Incredible"

you should invite them over to drop a deuce at your house

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-06-11 01:39 PM | Reply

Then give them a campsite. The alternative is treatment or jail.

#3 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2019-06-11 12:57 PM | REPLY

There are many shelters available. They choose not to use them. I'm trying to follow your logic here...

They get swept up and deposited in the camp sites? What if they don't want to stay? Is this actually an open air prison for the homeless? Or is this effectively a lawless free zone? That'd be incredibly libertarian of you to recommend.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-06-11 03:59 PM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

I'm saying that many refuse services and housing, shelters, and other traditional temporary, transient housing.

I get it. They'd rather camp under tarps. Fine. Provide them with an approved camping space complete with toilets and showers, sinks, and dumpsters. That's where they can camp. Not in the parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, alleyways, etc.

Then enforce the "no camping" in public spaces.

And if Snoofy and Joe want, they can hand out clean needles and moonshine, right at the campsite.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 04:11 PM | Reply

Trump will just pardon the illegal campers, even if then are arsonists.

Nothing can be done.

www.google.com

#12 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-11 11:06 PM | Reply

I hope the homeless are armed to protect themselves from sidewalk regulations.

It is a small price to pay for our freedoms.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-11 11:10 PM | Reply

Then enforce the "no camping" in public spaces.

#11 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2019-06-11 04:11 PM | REPLY

There's 1373 anti-homeless laws in California, but they're city by city.

Who owns this prison camp you are rounding up all the homeless to force into? The state?

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-06-12 07:37 AM | Reply

"$300,000 annually -- a price tag that has galled some politicians."

Seems like a small price to pay to keep people from dropping a deuce on the sidewalk. But I guess when your fetish is to make life as difficult as possible for the least among us this is to be expected.

#15 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-06-12 08:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Provide them with an approved camping space ..."

That sounds great until you acknowledge that developers are never going to allow the city to dedicate prime real estate to the cause and anywhere more remote won't be utilized by the community in question.

#16 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-06-12 08:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Seems like a small price to pay to keep people from dropping a deuce on the sidewalk.

That's per toilet..

Why not just build them a house?

#17 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-06-12 08:42 AM | Reply

That sounds great until you acknowledge that developers are never going to allow the city to dedicate prime real estate

Why does it need to be "prime" real estate?

#18 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-06-12 08:43 AM | Reply

"Why does it need to be "prime" real estate?"

You have to address the problem where it exists, not where you'd hope to move it. People aren't going to commute to do their daily panhandle.

#19 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-06-12 09:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

SALT LAKE CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping rough in Utah's capital has spiked in the past two years, as funding for its groundbreaking housing program dried up.

Homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row according to a December report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The increase has been particularly noticeable in Utah, which had reduced chronic homelessness by 91 percent over the decade up to 2015, according to the state's annual homelessness report.

www.reuters.com

91% reduction. It worked, then the money went away.

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-06-12 02:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I insure two clients who have Porta potty'Businesses

It's not all they do but it complements the rest of their business because of its low overhead and solid cash flow

#21 | Posted by eberly at 2019-06-12 02:38 PM | Reply

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#22 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-06-12 02:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Porta potty Business ... low overhead and solid ... flow.

POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2019-06-12 02:42 PM | REPLY

Not if you ate at Taco Bell.

#23 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-06-12 04:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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