The Trump administration sent a whole team to Los Angeles, specifically to gather the facts directly on why so many Californians are homeless.
Of particular interest is the root cause behind the lack of affordable housing, and how regulations might be lifted to help build more shelters that low income residents can actually afford. President Trump thinks the real problem is all the progressive red tape.
Trump doesn’t have the best relationship with California. The Golden State has been hit by an epidemic of “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” along with plague and leprosy. Their recent law demanding candidates turn over their tax returns, is a blatant fishing trip to find something in Trump’s background that they can use against him.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff took Trump officials on a guided tour this week ,”to learn more about the city’s response to the homelessness crisis,” the mayor said in a statement.
The officials saw “the Unified Homelessness Response Center, the redevelopment of Jordan Downs public housing complex, prefabricated Flyaway Homes, and the St. Andrews Place A Bridge Home shelter recently opened in South L.A.,” the statement continued.
Garcetti said to the President, “If you are committed to working with America’s cities and local leaders to address the national epidemic of homelessness there’s a lot you and your Administration can do.”
The mayor encouraged Trump to adopt legislation that would fight homelessness, strengthen some HUD programs and reverse a particular program that barred housing families of different legal statuses, “if you and your Administration would like to help Los Angeles and other American cities confront our homelessness crisis.”
Deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the Trump team would focus on the homelessness policy. “Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies of over-regulation, excessive taxation, and poor public service delivery are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” Deere explains.
Trump had signed an executive order in June, “to confront the regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, a leading cause of homelessness.” He didn’t stop there. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy,” he continued.
Trump has regularly slammed homelessness in California. “What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country. It’s a shame,” he said at a campaign rally in Cincinnati recently. “The world is looking at it. Look at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible conditions,” he added. “Look at San Francisco, look at some of your other cities.”
“You know, I had a situation when I first became President, we had certain areas of Washington, DC, where that was starting to happen, and I ended it very quickly. I said, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Trump told host Tucker Carlson in July.
“When we have leaders of the world coming in to see the President of the United States and they’re riding down a highway, they can’t be looking at that,” he added. “I really believe that it hurts our country. They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco.”
The real slap in the face is that California isn’t hurting for cash to use on the problem. In March of 2018, federal Judge David Carter rounded up elected officials from all 34 cities that make up Orange County, along with their relevant staffers, and packed them into a City Hall council chamber. On a Saturday. He held a “homelessness summit.”
As soon as everybody was settled, the former Marine put a slide up on the display. It showed a state audit report “on the use of Prop. 63 mental health money.” Big and bold for everyone to see, the audit report stated that Orange County had “stockpiled about $242 million in fiscal year 2015-2016, earning $11 million in interest.”
For weeks, county officials had been denying Judge Carter’s accusations that they were “hoarding funds that could be spent to help homeless people.” After Judge Carter called them out about it, they got out their checkbooks. The gathered officials pledged another $70.5 million in liquid cash to add to $20 million that they committed the previous week. That provided $90.5 million to get homeless people off the street.
Apparently, all they did with that money was push the homeless north into Los Angeles and San Francisco. California still has an enormous budget surplus they can be using but aren’t.
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