City’s homeless are not animals
The homeless encampment that Stanislaus County and the city of Modesto has set up to comply with the recent 9th Circuit Court decision is a step in the right direction, but it’s obvious the city doesn’t have a clue as to how to deal with our needs and it is in way over its head.
Continuing to enable us does not help us. Had the ridiculous program known as Focus On Prevention focused on reality, as was suggested numerous times, the city would have been prepared for this. After all, the city council was told that their anticamping ordinance would be overturned even before it was implemented. Liability seems to be the catching point at the encampment. Vandalism, theft of personal property, etc., are issues that those who are supposed to be overseeing the encampment refuse to acknowledge and just turn a blind eye to.
If the city doesn’t pull its head out of the sand, it will be facing a lawsuit all of its own. We aren’t animals and won’t be treated as such.
– Ralph Carpenter, Modesto