Skip to main content

Is Safe Ground dead? I think so.

Events just in this young month show that Safe Ground has been deftly swept under the turf. Perhaps never to cause dust-ups again.

How so? The mayor, in a ploy aided by unspecified others, pushed the core Safe Ground homeless "leaders" into cheap motels rooms¹ and off the streets and parkgrounds and City Council meeting agendas (and out of Friendship Park, for that matter).

Burying Safe Ground works to everyone's advantage because the ordinances to make it happen weren't going to happen. Solid majorities on the Sacramento city council and county board of supervisors were adamantine in their opposition. The homeless-help industry needed to move on to other issues to promote donations during the extended Christmas season. And the far-far left contingent [the Movement² leaders] needs something it can promote that has a chance for success.

The Mayor's new program Sacramento Steps Forward is too clever by half, empty of specifics and really no more than than what was already ongoing, the so-called 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Sacramento.

So, the mayor looks far-reaching, innovative and bold [or so the bamboozled Bee thinks], when he's not, and a couple dozen of the least-deserving of the homeless are given motel rooms for five months [up from 4 1/2 mo. as earlier reported] where they are neatly out of the way and 50 Grand of mostly-taxpayer money is spent.

And in the end, near to nothing happened. We are very much where we were a year ago. Tent City is gone [as the mayor showed Lisa Ling]; and Eden [that is, the Sacramento version] becomes just another misty vision of a lost Utopia.
¹ This is the second time Mayor Johnson has inefficiently and inappropriately spent much-treasured money for the homeless on not-the-most-deserving homeless people. $800,000+ of city money was spent to extend Overflow last April (thru June), mostly for the purpose of sheltering many of the "notorious" [as the Bee called them] Tent City residents, in order to roust-out the encampment and fence-off the SMUD property where Tent City had been.

² According to a Sacramento Copwatch blogpost on Halloween, Mark Merin, radical attorney extraordinare, is going to see to it that a lot of the money won in settlement of Lehr et al v. Sac'to will go to the Movement (thru SHOC) and Safeground (sic). To aid Safe Ground, Merin hopes to purchase property to establish a camp-/shed- ground. We'll see.


Dick Fischbeck said…
I thought SB2 covered it. Comply with this law and the temporary buildings building code, and the fire code, then it would be legal without anyone else's say so...
Tom Armstrong said…

I tried to find what you're talking about via google, and I'm not getting anywhere. Can you point me to the legislation [senate bill #2?] that you are referencing?

Popular posts from this blog

Homeless Sacramentans lose case that would have given them the right to set up outdoor camping

8/11/13 I certainly give attorneys Mark Merin and Cat Williams credit for pursuing a case against the city of Sacramento to give homeless Sacramentans the right to set up tents and a campsite. I wanted them to win their case, but they didn't. They lost it.

BUT, it is also necessary to look at the particulars of the case that Merin and Williams brought and see that the situation underlying the court case was not very compelling.

During the period eight years ago when 22 homeless campers set up their tents and brought in supplies to Mark Merin's vacant lot at C Street, near 12th, there was loud noise and plenty of other mayhem. Drug dealers were on the street encouraging buys from the campers. The Hernandez couple that lived in a house nearby were constantly being taunted by the campers, disrupting their lives.

Per always with Safe Ground camps, calm was deserted for the sake of boisterousness.

Leader John Kraintz and the other Safe Grounders would claim to have signed strict a…

The Mission Five Years Ago, And Today

I have spent the night the past two weeks plus at the Union Gospel Mission and am having an excellent time of it -- not only regards to sleeping in the dorm that the mission has, but also listening to the sermons that are delivered in the early evening. The Christmas music that is performed is also splendid. [And the food -- the FOOD -- has been fantastic during my stay so far! A happier Tom there couldn't be.] I chatted with a pal last night about The Mish – about how things were about five years ago when we both used the mission’s services frequently, and how thing are, today.
Five years ago, there were a lot scuffles between the guys when the front gate was opened in the early afternoon and in the area near the contact window there were some brawls as guys fought over where guys were in line to get a bed in the dorm.
Nowadays, however, the mission is very much a peaceful place both on the grounds of the facility and and out on the street.
I do not know what transformative eve…

Railway Road Shelter opens near Globe Light Rail Station

The 200-bed shelter at Railway Road and Del Paso Blvd opened last night -- Friday, the 8th -- with fifty homeless people spending the first night there. The shelter -- as yet unnamed -- was scheduled to open on December 8, but is not as yet ready to be populated by the maximum number of people and their pets that, when the shelter is completed and ready, are expected to be staying there. The shelter, for winter, will be open through March 31.

An article written by Cynthia Hubert in the Sunday, Dec. 10 edition of the Bee, is the source of this news.

One peculiarity that is perhaps trivial, but maybe not, is Hubert's unfortunate use of the word "trudge" in describing the, um, walking style of those who first made use of the shelter. "Trudge" is a derogatory word associated with Libby Hernandez, the three-wheel nun. It has been noticed by homeless people, themselves, that they "walk," as opposed to "trudge" when they move forward.

In addition t…