Archive for March, 2009

This past Thursday I published a post titled: "Genuine Solutions or Temporary Fixes?" It was about the upcoming dismantling of Sacramento’s tent city – which had been spotlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show several weeks ago.

In it, I questioned Sacramento’s seemingly quick call to action regarding trying to provide shelter and other forms of assistance to the encampments residents. I questioned the motive behind the city council’s rapid approval of nearly $1 million dollars to increase the number of available shelter beds. I also questioned both, California’s Governor Schwarzenegger’s visit to the tent city and his offer of trying to find additional state funding to help those who will be required to vacate the area.   (more…)

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A couple of days ago I received a new comment to one of my older posts: Why Help The Homeless?

The comment, left by a gentleman named Sam, was held in the blog’s moderation queue pending my review and approval. His comment was,

"If God felt that it was the right thing to do to help the homeless, perhaps he should do it himself. Like make houses miraculously appear in parks."

While I personally did not agree with the sentiment, I do believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion. As a result, prior to allowing the comment to be posted I sent him an email.   (more…)

I’ve been keeping tabs on the upcoming dismantlement of Sacramento’s Tent City.

Slated to be fenced off by the end of next month, local officials are trying to relocate its residents.

The most recent developments include Sacramento’s City Council approval of a $1 million program to increase the number of available shelter beds by 150. In addition, California’s Governor Schwarzenegger has pledged to try and find additional state funding to add 50 more beds to the Cal Expo winter shelter.

While all of this is fine and dandy – at least as far as I’m concerned – I still have a number of questions which keep popping into my head.   (more…)

Earlier this month, First Lady Michelle Obama paid a surprise visit to Miriam’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen for the homeless, located about a mile from the White House. Obviously her visit made the headlines. Or more accurately, I should say that a gentleman with a cellphone camera made the headlines.

Not only did "journalists" raise a ruckus over that event, but many reader comments were also filled with criticism. Everybody wanted to know how could someone – who everyone assumed was homeless – afford a cellphone. It was the epitome of ignorance steeped in a "how dare he" attitude.   (more…)

A couple of days ago, ABC News 10 Live, posted an article about California’s Governor Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, touring the "tent city" which had been recently spotlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Yesterday, a Sacramento Bee article reported that the "tent city" would be closed down and a fence erected around the property within the next month. Its "residents" would be "… asked to move into local shelters and other indoor structures."

The Sacramento Bee article triggered a series of thoughts and questions in my mind.   (more…)