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Republican Mayor of California City Eliminates Homeless Problem

Republican Mayor of California City Eliminates Homeless Problem

“We just simply don’t tolerate these basic code violations. What ends up happening is an individual either chooses to get help or they end up leaving.”

Unlike many other California cities, Coronado does not have a homeless problem. Richard Bailey, the city’s Republican mayor, has a very simple way of dealing with the issue.

He doesn’t put up with it.

The city tries to help people if they are genuinely down on their luck, but it doesn’t allow people to camp on the sidewalks or use them as public restrooms. Imagine that.

FOX News reports:

California city nearly eliminates homeless population with zero-tolerance policy on encampments

California cities have battled a homeless crisis for years, while still throwing billions of dollars at the spiraling tragedy to help those who are in dire need of housing.

But one city has defied the odds, reporting the lowest homeless population in the state.

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey (R) said there are no vagrants in his city at all, and he joined “Fox & Friends First” to describe how he has reinforced a no-encampment policy while still upholding the rule of law.

“The policies that are in place at the regional and statewide level that are tolerating this type of behavior that is personally destructive and also destructive to the surrounding communities are really enabling this situation to increase throughout our entire state, and throughout our entire region,” Bailey told Ashley Strohmier.

“Changing these policies will actually have a major impact,” he continued.

Bailey explained that the city works with the police department and a homeless service provider to give the homeless only one option — to get the help they need.

Coronado funds “reasonable” services to help those struggling get “back on their feet,” but noted the city also has a no-tolerance policy for violating municipal codes.

“We also make it very clear that we don’t tolerate encampments along our sidewalks, and we don’t tolerate other code violations such as being drunk in public or urinating in public or defecating in public,” Bailey said. “We just simply don’t tolerate these basic code violations. What ends up happening is an individual either chooses to get help or they end up leaving.”

Meanwhile, Oregon, which has a massive homeless problem, is in a race to attract more homeless people with ‘free’ money.

The New York Post reported:

Oregon bill would give homeless $1,000 a month to spend with no restrictions

A proposed Oregon bill would provide the deep blue state’s homeless population $1,000 per month that recipients could use at their own discretion.

The bill, introduced last month, would establish a People’s Housing Assistance Fund Demonstration Program to give 12 monthly thousand-dollar payments to those suffering from homelessness or who are on the brink of becoming homeless.

“Payments may be used for rent, emergency expenses, food, child care or other goods or services of the participant’s choosing,” the bill states.

People who spend more than 50 percent of their monthly household income on rent, and those who earn 60% or less of the area median income would also be eligible for the funding.

Yes, I’m sure that $1,000 will be used for rent and child care, and definitely not alcohol, heroin and meth. As Reagan once said, “If you want more of something, subsidize it.”

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Rather than giver them $1,000/month of money, maybe they should give them a Discover card so their purchases can be tracked and reviewed for approval. They already do it guns so we know it’s legal.

    inspectorudy in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 3, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    That ruse has already been shot down with EBT cards where the cardholder uses their card to buy what another person wants and then that person pays them 50 cents on the dollar for those items. This is rampant in the big Dem cities.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to inspectorudy. | March 3, 2023 at 4:33 pm

      Informal barter networks, people trading favors, stranger to stranger transactions with improvised currencies — people tend to find a way to get what they want, including a way to trade, to get something they want

That Oregon giveaway is awful and monumentally stupid.

    gonzotx in reply to GWB. | March 3, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    If you had one thread of intelligence you would have moved from Oregon

    Just close the door on the way out and they won’t be able to fund it

As far as judicial demands that the homeless be allowed to do whatever they wish, the solution appears to be to set up homeless camps and needle exchanges at the court houses of the judges so inclined to rule in such an irrational manner.

E Howard Hunt | March 3, 2023 at 12:38 pm

The mayor should have kept it a secret. I can just see liberal twits successfully suing the city with the aid of disgraceful judges.

Close The Fed | March 3, 2023 at 12:40 pm

Arrogant insulated judges strike again. They created the illegal alien problem with Plyler v. Doe (’82), birthright citizenship garbage, prevented Cali from giving them benefits, and on and on and on.

Get rid of judges. They’re a death knell to a country.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Close The Fed. | March 3, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    I’m playing a broken record here, but, bring judges down to earth. Bring them down several notches.

    No more black robes.

    No more, “all rise…”.

    Bench only slightly elevated for better overseeing of the courtroom than same level would give, but none of this “on-high” stuff.

    No more of this “your honor”, or “if the court pleases” and other required groveling.

    Maybe we’d get a different mind-set on the bench than we have now.

Well! Clearly this mayor must go!!

Ann in L.A. | March 3, 2023 at 2:06 pm

Surveys of homeless in Los Angeles routinely find that a large number are from out-of-state. They come to LA for campable weather, lack of government harassment, and easy access to drugs.

If you start with the sort of enforcement Coronado uses, people will not be attracted to your community in the first place. You will only have to deal with locals and a handful of outsiders.

Los Angeles created a magnet. The problem is now so far out of control, that it is unmanageable. Combine that with an absolute refusal of the political and community organizations to properly diagnose the actual problems: the percentage of people on the streets who are just down on their luck is absolutely dwarfed by the people on the streets because of drug addiction, mental illness, or both.

You can’t fix a problem if you refuse to recognize what the problem actually is.

Yes, code enforcement would help. A lot. But, at this point, it’s not enough.

    CommoChief in reply to Ann in L.A.. | March 3, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    The solution isn’t palatable for many. Involuntary detention for detox and counseling in a secured facility. Some will never be able to become capable of functioning in society and would remain confined until their dying day. IMO, that’s far more compassionate than leaving them on the street dirty, diseased, hungry and subject to the whims of their feces covered, drug addled, psycho, violent peers.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | March 3, 2023 at 5:11 pm

      “Involuntary detention” and etc. is part of a workable solution entirely of unpalatable parts.

      That is, aside from the folks who just want to continue as it is, as they’re getting a nice rake-off on having the problem, vs. a solution.

        CommoChief in reply to BierceAmbrose. | March 3, 2023 at 6:31 pm

        Absolutely. The grifters who profit off misery and suffering can’t get paid without the existence of a homeless population on the streets.

Yes, the answer to crime is to ENFORCE THE F*CKING LAW

On the one hand, this sounds like something to applaud. On the other, Coronado is kind of an Alamo what with being on an island, with 1 road in and out. To the north take CA 75 across a bridge into San Diego or to the south through Imperial Beach to Chula Vista. San Diego has a serious homeless problem, and Imperial Beach has an “outreach program” ( )

Metaphorically, it’s like sanity, lawful behavior, consequences for lewd acts, etc., have been pushed off the main land and onto an island for which there is no retreat but the Pacific ocean. I’m not sure what to read into the article above about Imperial Beach’s homeless outreach program. I gather they’re not as zero-tolerance as Coronado?

It reminds me a bit of flying the illegals to Martha’s Vineyard and the fuss that created … is Coronado similarly affluent / exclusive – or just able to resist the insanity by natural isolation?

Since I live in WA, I hope that OR starts paying vagrants $1000 per month to move there. That should decrease the homeless population in WA by half!

That’s another $1000 per month per vagrant for the drug cartels.

As intended.

I’m sure the Navy Base training our SEALS on the West Coast has nothing to do with the people of Coronado putting up with the homeless derelicts.

CA has a homeless problem of monumental proportions because no-one wants to solve it. It is an endless money train for everyone involved.

a People’s Housing Assistance Fund Demonstration Program to give 12 monthly thousand-dollar payments to those suffering from homelessness or who are on the brink of becoming homeless.

Progressive prices, sanctuary states, immigration reform, unbacked redistributive change (e.g. Obamacares, academic amnesty), Green deals, DIEversity, modern families, etc.

With $1,000 a month for booze and street drugs, they’ll be dropping like flies. Problem solved?

$1,000 a month handouts? I’m moving to Oregon!
I spend more than 50% of my income on rent right now, so I qualify.

Enforce the existing laws? What an amazing and fresh concept.

I wonder if that might work on our illegal alien problem?

It might help that Coronado is an island. It is easily accessible, but could be a factor