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Guess the yearly price tag to reduce homeless in Alameda County, California

Homeless encampment in Berkeley, Alameda County

There are over 1.5 million people in Alameda County. According to the study cited in this story, “…5,600 people experience homelessness on any given night. Over the next five years we aim to reduce that number to less than 2,200 people. If we achieve this goal no one will have to sleep outside.”

Take a wild guess as to how much money is required to achieve their goal. Then double or triple your number.

From SF Chronicle: Every person sleeping on the streets of Alameda County could be placed into housing or shelters if the county more than triples its spending on key programs, a new report says.

There is no obvious source for the more than $200 million a year needed — on top of more than $100 million already being spent annually — to achieve that goal, officials say. That has prompted talk of a potential tax proposal on the 2020 ballot.

The report is an update to a plan crafted more than a decade ago and adopted by Alameda County and its 14 cities seeking to end homelessness by 2020. The problem has grown since then, and the new report says it can be fixed by 2023 — with additional funding.

“When we wrote the 2007 plan, we said homelessness is a solvable issue. We wanted it to be true, but we weren’t sure. We were just building databases,” said Elaine de Coligny, executive director of Everyone Home, the effort to address homelessness in Alameda County.

“We have a lot more information now than we did a decade ago. We are confident in the solutions and strategies. We just haven’t been doing them at the pace and scale required,” she said.

The county spends about $106 million a year on homeless-related programs and subsidizes 3,000 permanent housing units. The report from Everyone Home, which was started by Oakland, Berkeley and county agencies, says those numbers should be $334 million and 9,000.

Sara Bedford, who is on the leadership board of Everyone Home, said reaching the goal is feasible. “I think we do a disservice if we’re not ambitious and realistic at the same time, and I think the plan does both of those things,” said Bedford, director of the Human Services Department of Oakland. “It’s very doable to achieve a functional zero — that you are housing people almost as quickly as they come into homelessness.”

Short of a San Francisco Proposition C-style tax increase or bond measure, that level of funding isn’t expected anytime soon. East Bay officials are beginning to contemplate putting such an initiative on the 2020 ballot.
Meanwhile, the report says, for every homeless person who found housing in 2017, two more became homeless. More than 12,000 people are homeless at some point each year in Alameda County. On any given night, the figure is 5,600.

The report says that if that number can be cut down to 2,200 people, with the additional funding, then no one would have to sleep outside, because there would be enough shelter and housing to go around.

Read the whole story here.

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Oakland mayor willing to go to jail to protest Trump's immigration policies

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Libby Schaaf (l) and Hillary Clinton (r): Can we get a “twofer” and get them both thrown in jail?


Protecting residents illegal aliens is the proggies’ priority.
And just not too long ago proggies were cool with the feds’ rights. Funny how they flip flop depending upon who is president.
From Yahoo: The mayor of a California city has said she is prepared to go to jail after its council voted to end cooperation with federal immigration agents and protect its status as a so-called sanctuary city.
Speaking after Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end its cooperation following reports federal immigration officers were planning to launch massive raids across the Bay Area, Mayor Libby Schaaf said: “Let me be clear, that cities that have sanctuary status are engaging in their legal right.”
ABC News said, when asked if she was prepared to go to jail over the issue, she responded: “Yes”.
CBS San Francisco also reports this:
“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, referring to President Donald Trump. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”
Schaaf’s remarks came on a day when rumors were swirling that ICE planned to launch a series of Bay Area raids — arresting as many as 1,500 illegal aliens — because California has become a Sanctuary State and several communities have adopted Sanctuary City policies.
“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents,” Schaaf told KPIX 5 of her opposition to ICE raids. “The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”
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Sacramento may start paying for legal defense of illegal aliens

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Mayor Steinberg: Robbing legal taxpayers to benefit illegal aliens


Just following in the footsteps of their fellow proggies in liberal King County. Suck it, taxpayers!
From Sacramento Bee: Sacramento leaders are poised to spend up to $300,000 to boost the city’s status as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, even as the federal government threatens to crack down on jurisdictions providing such immigrant protections.
The City Council will vote Thursday on a proposal to invest in an education and legal defense network for undocumented immigrants illegal aliens, with the money coming out of a general fund that supports most core city services. The plan under consideration would also strengthen Sacramento’s status as a sanctuary city by turning into law privacy policies that prohibit city employees – including police – from making inquiries into immigration status.
“It is a modest investment, but it is a very important investment,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “It says very clearly to our community, especially those who are affected by these unconstitutional orders, that ‘we are going to stand with you.’ We have to back up our values with real action to help people who feel at risk and who may be actually at risk.”
Both the sanctuary city ordinance and legal defense fund were proposed by a Safe Haven Task Force formed at City Hall in February. The task force was put in place in response to executive orders by President Donald Trump calling for increased enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Councilman Eric Guerra, who headed the task force, said turning the city’s sanctuary stance from policy into law would put “more teeth” in its position and “makes it relevant to the context we see today, the scapegoating of immigrants.”
About 49,000 Sacramento residents are not citizens, including roughly 4,100 children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s about 10 percent of the city’s residents. Some of them are here legally, some are not – the census bureau does not ask about legal status.
The new money would help fund what is being called the Sacramento Family Unity, Educations and Legal Network for Immigrants, or FUEL, a collection of local immigration attorneys, nonprofits and law schools specializing in immigration law.
The group will hire up to two attorneys to provide legal assistance to an estimated 750 families each year and conduct “Know Your Rights” information sessions in schools, churches and other community gathering places for hundreds more. The network will likely seek grants from other nonprofit agencies to expand its financial capacity.
Attorneys will be tasked with representing immigrants facing deportation and helping undocumented parents “prepare for the worst” by creating guardianships for children and protections for homes and other assets should they be deported, said Guerra.
Guerra said Sacramento hasn’t yet seen federal immigration raids, but “the fear is intense” in immigrant communities and “what we don’t want is families to be separated because that leads to bigger social issues.”
Blake Nordahl, a supervising attorney in the immigration clinic at the McGeorge School of Law, said the network will expand the local roster of attorneys trained in immigration law by working with lawyers whose expertise is in other fields.
“We have a large immigrant population in Sacramento, so hopefully this is just the beginning of being able to work together,” said Nordahl, whose clinic is part of the city-funded network. “I think there’s a real commitment to showing respect to our neighbors and recognizing that Sacramento is based on a city of immigrants and we’re going to take care of our neighbors.”
Sacramento’s vote would follow other California governments that have spent public money to aid undocumented immigrants.
Santa Clara County in January voted to spend $1.5 million over two years to help defend undocumented immigrants illegal aliens facing deportation. San Francisco recently set aside $200,000 for legal aid, and Oakland has allocated $300,000 for a similar effort. A similar public-private fund that could hold up to $10 million has also been proposed for Los Angeles city and county.
Read the rest of the story here.
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Most Dangerous Cities in America

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that, according to FBI statistics, crime is down in the United States for the 5th year in a row. The statistics for 2010 show a 5.5% drop in violent crimes compared to last year. An example is St. Louis, Mo. — last year’s most violent city — saw an impressive 18% decrease in violent crime.

The bad news is that in certain parts of the country, things are getting much worse.

For example, Flint, Michigan — which has the dubious distinction of being the most violent city in America in 2010 — saw a 10% increase in violent crime over last year, with 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Here are the 25 most violent cities in America, ranked by the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) per 100,000 people. The source of this list is an article by Leah Goldman in the Business Insider, May 23, 2011. But the article leaves out an interesting fact.

On average, blacks make up 12.9% of the overall U.S. population. On a hunch I looked up each of the 25 cities on Wikipedia, to find out the racial demographics of each. I found that, with the exception of Miami and Stockton, the percentage of blacks is above the national average in every one of the remaining 23 most violent cities.

AMERICA’S 25 most violent cities:

25. Elizabeth, N.J.: 1,100 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Pop. 120,568 (2000): 55.78% White, 19.98% Black, 49.46% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24. Lansing, Michigan: 1,101 per 100,000. Pop. 119,128 (2000): 65.28%W, 21.91%B, 10% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

23. Miami, Florida: 1,108 per 100,000. Pop. 362,470 (2000): 34.1% Cuban, 5.6% Nicaraguan, 5.5% Haitian, 3.3% Honduran, 1.7% Dominican, 1.6% Columbian.

22. Kansas City, Missouri: 1,126 per 100,000. 62.8%W, 28.6%B, 9.2% Hispanic/Latino of any race.

21. Nashville, Tennessee: 1,128 per 100,000. 65.9%W, 27.1%B, 7.5% H/L.

20. St. Petersburg, Florida: 1,132 per 100,000. Pop. 244,769 (2010): 68.7%W, 23.9%B, 6.6% H/L.

19. Richmond, Calif.: 1,134 per 100,000. Pop. 103,701 (2010): 17.1%W, 25.9%B, 39.5% H/L.

18. Lowell, Mass.: 1,156 per 100,000. Pop 105,167 (2000): 68.6%W, 16.52% , 4.21%B.

17. Philadelphia, Penn.: 1,189 per 100,000. 43.6%W, 42.5%B, 11.4% H/L.

16. Springfield, Illinois: 1,237 per 100,000. Pop 111,454 (2000): 81.01%W, 15.34%B, 1.2% H/L.

15. Washington, D.C.: 1,242 per 100,000. Pop. 601,657 (2010): 38.5%W, 50.7%B, 9.1% H.

14. Hartford, Conn.: 1,293 per 100,000. Pop. 121,578 (2000): 27.72%W, 38.5%B, 40.52% H/L 9mainly Puerto Rico).

13. Cleveland, Ohio: 1,296 per 100,000. 52.5%B, 40.5%W, 9%H/L.

12. Springfield, Mass.: 1,354 per 100,000. Pop 153,170 (2010): 56.11%W, 21.01%B, 27.18%H.

11. Buffalo, NY: 1,357 per 100,000. 53.8%W, 41.1%B, 8.3%H/L.

10. Stockton, Ca: 1,381 per 100,000. Pop. 291,707 (2010): 37%W, 12.2%B, 40.3%H/L.

9. Rockford, Ill.: 1,453 per 100,000. 150,115 (2000): 72.81%W, 17.37%B, 10.18%H/L.

8. Baltimore, Maryland: 1,455 per 100,000. 33.1%W, 63.2%B, 3%H/L.

7. Little Rock, Arkansas: 1,522 per 100,000. 52.7%W, 42.1%B, 4.7%H/L.

6. Oakland, Ca: 1,530 per 100,000. 25.9%W, 27.3%B, 25.4%H/L.

5. Memphis, Tenn.: 1,539 per 100,000. 31.7%W, 62.6%B, 5% H/L.

4. New Haven, Conn.: 1,584 per 100,000. Pop. 129,779 (2010): 43.46%W, 37.36%B, 9.39% H/L.

3. St. Louis, Mo.: 1,747 per 100,000. Pop. 348,189 (2000): 43.9%W, 49.2%B, 3.5%H/L

2. Detroit, Michigan: 1,887 per 100,000. Pop. 713,777 (2010): 10.6%W, 82.7%B, 6.8% H/L.

1. Flint, Michigan: 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000. Pop. 124,943 (2000): 41.39%W, 53.27%B, 2.99% H/L.

Blacks are the primary victims of black criminals. Blacks and all Americans ignore this stark reality, at our own peril.

~Eowyn

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Obama and the Left Silent On Vicious Racial Assault in McDonald's

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Last week, on April 22, two female customers brutally assaulted another customer in a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Baltimore County, Maryland. The attackers are black. The victim, 22-year-old Chrissy Polis, is white and reportedly a transgender.
McDonald’s employees stood by, doing nothing. Worse still, the video was shot by an employee who can be heard laughing.
Eventually, a good Samaritan stepped in to stop the attack. But the vicious attackers punched her too. Vicki Thoms, 55, told 11 News:

“I think it’s terrible. I think it’s inhumane. When they started really hurting her, to the point where I thought she was going to die, that’s when I decided someone needed to do something. I kept screaming, ‘Stop. Get off of her.’ And they wouldn’t stop. One of the girls said to me, ‘It’s none of your (expletive) business,’ and hit me in the face.”

One of the attackers, 18-year-old Teonna Monae Brown, has been charged with first degree assault and second degree assault. Her co-attacker, 14, is being charged as a juvenile.
Prosecutors said they are “considering” possible hate crime charges “based on sexual orientation.” It’s never a “hate crime” if blacks assault non-blacks! — as the ethnic Chinese community in Oakland, California know only too well. A year ago, two black teenagers brutally attacked and killed a middle-aged Chinese immigrant man, Tian Sheng Yu, at 18th St. and Telegraph Avenue.
Here’s Victor Davis Hanson’s comment:

“The past week a sensationalized video of a transgendered female in extremis went viral on the blogosphere. Two young African-American women beat her senseless at a McDonald’s restaurant. The African-American staff is shown in the clip as mostly passive bystanders to the brutality. Yet I know this nationally viewed abhorrence is not a teachable moment about much of anything. Unlike the Professor Gates mix-up, this public spectacle will not be used by the president to warn us about the wages of incivility or the need for a new racial tolerance and understanding. Nor will there be, among the homosexual community, much of a national Matthew Shepard moment seeking to present the public beating as a symbol of a wider hatred of the sexually ambiguous among us. There is about as much chance of a Hollywood movie about the incident as there is of a sequel to Rendition. At best, we are to accept such violence as inevitable, as the powerless sometimes thrash out against the more privileged classes and races; at worst, these are the tragic wages of prior oppression that must be contextualized and constructed in the proper narrative of the centuries.”

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Urban Dancin' in the Rain

Oakland, California has one of America’s highest crime rate and recently was ranked as this country’s 5th most dangerous city by CQ Press. Now, some of the city’s youth are transforming the city’s dangerous mean streets with dance.
D Real (he’s in the white shirt in the video below) had a brother Rich, who was killed in a car accident at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and 90th Avenue. The day after Rich died, D Real and a few dancers were gathered in YAKfilms’ office at Youth UpRising trying to think of a tribute that went beyond the standard R.I.P. T-shirt. Youth UpRising is a youth leadership center in Oakland with a professional dance studio. 
The dancers decided to TURF dance in the rain on the corner where Rich was killed.
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As explained by Queena Kim of The Bay Citizen on August 3, 2010:

TURF stands for “Taking Up Room on the Floor,” and it’s a form of street dancing that originated in Oakland. In contrast to other street dances, TURF aims to tell a story. Before his brother’s death, D Real had strayed from dancing and was beginning to dabble in music. In one of their last conversations, Rich told D Real to forget about music and focus on dancing, his real talent. So in memory of Rich, D Real and three friends who were willing to brave the pouring rain danced for this video….
TURF dancing is known for incorporating all types styles from the break dancing to popping and ballet…. In “Dancing in the Rain,” you can see dancers taking “en pointe” to a different level. And about 58 seconds into the video, you can also see one of TURF dancing’s signature moves–the “glide”–when the dancer who goes by the name “Man” skates across the water. On a dance floor, Man would glide across the dance floor to mark his turf.
To the untrained eye, the glide sorta looks like the moon dance, which begs the question: Was Michael Jackson the original TURF dancer?
“No, not in anyway whatsoever,” Savion said. “TURF dancing came about in the last 10 years. Michael Jackson was moon dancing long before that, and he had his own style, just like James Brown had his own style. But the genius of TURF dancing is we’re not inventing anything, we’re documenting and incorporating so many dance movements.”

~Eowyn

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Most Dangerous US Cities


The Associated Press reports on November 22, 2010, that St. Louis, Missouri, is America’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a study by CQ Press, using population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. Crime data include the rates of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.
The top five most dangerous cities are:

  1. St. Louis, Missouri, which had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4.
  2. Camden, New Jersey, which was the most dangerous U.S. city in 2008, 2004, and 2003.
  3. Detroit, Michigan.
  4. Flint, Michigan.
  5. Oakland, California.

Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will be happy to know that you are living in or near America’s 5th (Oakland) and 6th (Richmond) most dangerous cities.
For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.
You can look up the crime index of your city by CLICKING HERE. The lower your crime index, the better. 😉
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