By Nancy McCradie
I write this to rebut the article that Sharon Byrne has written about the AB5 Civil Rights Bill for the Homeless. Sharon and I are great friends. We love each other’s company, have super great debates on the issues of homelessness and other aspects of political life. I have to disagree with her issues of the AB5 bill, however. I have been on the recipient end of all the ordinances that are in place to “quell homelessness.” Sharon has not had the priviledge to be tormented by them.
Throughout the years our elected officials have had to design ordinances to criminalize poverty because it looks bad.The Anti-Okie laws being some of them. Unconstitutional as some may be they are passed to make it easier for our police officers to bring out the tools given to them in the guise of these City ordinances to chase people out of our townships. In AB5 it gives a new breath of ideas to work with within the Cities of California to provide housing, alternative types alongside of conventional types.
Wow! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a low cost motor housing park designed to bring the people who reside in their vehicles temporarily while waiting for low cost conventional housing off the streets? It would be a win win situation for both the people who find themselves in a poverty situation and who have to turn to vehicular dwelling for their safety and the Cities who struggle with this on a day to day basis.
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