My ideas are always changing, I’m open to new ideas if they make sense to me. I reject old ideas that no longer make sense to me. This is why I vote across party lines, even during this general election. I did not vote GOP all across, though admittedly, I did vote mostly GOP and 3rd party this time around as I’m not pleased with the Dems this last 4 years.
If you want solutions, just ask!
Let’s stick with SF since we are on the topic, and it’s probably one of the worst right now. The city is very generous, I was actually applauding some of the things they did. They offer homeless $520 a month, free transit tickets, free shelter, and food stamps, needle exchanges. (I’m not against needle exchanges, but it’s not a viable solution unless the end goal is rehabilitation.)
All of which I truly applaud, they wanted to be kind and generous. But it isn’t working, it’s making it worse. A lot worse. It’s the Cobra effect. It turns out, homeless and drug addicts will go there if you offer these things. And most of the homeless seem to be drug addicts.
SF has a tough choice, IMO the solution is jail or rehab. They clearly have enough resources to give out 520 a month, they should use this money for rehab. It’s not the perfect solution, but it’s better than what they’re doing now. It’s so bad that you can not leave anything in your car in SF now, it’s one of the highest rising crime rates with people breaking into cars these days.
Regulations preventing buildings that makes sense providing more housing also hurt the city and prevent any homeless from getting off the street. I get that people want to keep the city the same…but it’s really causing a problem. I’m not saying to tear it all down, but allow more surgical approaches to certain places to build to alleviate the problem. Housing is too damn expensive, some of these buildings in SF are millions of dollars that I would not pay half a million for.