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  1. Avatar Grammy says:

    Going to Safeway after the noon feeding is always interesting also. Someday check out the Dollar Tree parking lot (Hilltop next to KMart) after the van leaves that feed the homeless.

    We all are grateful this time of year not to be part of the homelss. It is cold, wet and rainy. We all thnk it can't happen to us, but this economy proves it can.

    There is a person I know that carries small bags of dog food to give to the homeless so that their dog at least doesn't starve.

  2. Avatar System Failure says:

    Another Homeless Drunk

    He was born and raised in Redding. Family dead and gone. Schizophrenic.

    About two years ago he stopped taking his Meds. Someone started sneaking into his hotel/apartment and "moving things". Had to get out of there. It wasn't safe. Safer out on the streets. He started self-medicating with alcohol.

    This has been going on for over 20 years. They get him stable on Meds and he gets into a motel and maybe eventually an apartment. Things go well for a while and then he falls off the radar, stops taking the Meds and hits the streets.

    ON 12/04/10 he was booked for "ENTER NONCOMM DWELLI" and "PUBLIC INTOXICATION". Getting cold out there. Refuses to go to the Mission – too many crazy people there. No room in jail. Back on the streets.

    This is his Shasta County jail record for the last four months:

    Booked: 8/09/10

    Charges

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 8/23/10

    Charges

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 9/02/10

    Charges

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 9/04/10

    Charges

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 10/01/10

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 10/29/10

    FTA ON FELONY CHARGE

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 11/08/10

    Charges

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

    Booked: 11/19/10

    Charges

    FTA ON FELONY CHARGE

    FTA ON FELONY CHARGE

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    FTA ON MISDEMEANOR C

    Booked: 12/04/10

    ENTER NONCOMM DWELLI

    PUBLIC INTOXICATION

  3. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    Simply because a court orders rehabilitative services does not mean the problem is fixed. People who go to AA/NA/other services voluntarily speak of how difficult their struggle to remain sober is – someone who went only because they were ordered to as a condition of probation or as part of their sentence is not likely to choose to continue.

    And it isn't the police/court's job to be a mental health system – they are enforcing the law as written. While there is certainly leeway for courts to order mental health services, enforcing that is another story entirely, as is keeping the subject from relapsing.

  4. Avatar Richard Douse says:

    Hey folks, it's CHRISTMAS! Give the poor fellow 5 bucks. If he chooses to buy a cheap bottle of wine instead of the soup you hoped he'd buy – that's HIS karma, not yours. You gave him a chance – you didn't tell him what to do. How could you anyway? You haven't walked in his shoes. Now crooks and other bad guys, that's different. Into the slammer with them!

  5. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyde says:

    There are many people in our community who are not mentally capable of living normal adult lives for various reasons. If they're lucky, they have a place to stay and a friend or family member can step in and get the utilities turned back on and get some of the laundry done. System Failure mentions the disease schizophrenia. It's a difficult disorder to control, and without help from family or friends, the outcome is seldom positive. System Failure also remarks that the Police and courts are not a mental health system. That is true. The emergency rooms at the local hospitals are also not a mental health system. What happened to Shasta County's Mental Health Program? What support resources does our community have for these people on the edge? They are not children, they are not classified as disabled adults and many still hold jobs but are continually behind on bill payments, household maintenance and person hygiene. And many are homeless.

  6. Avatar Tele-Prophet says:

    Coming soon to a city near you:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/19/60minut

    State Budgets: The Day of Reckoning

    (Meredith) Whitney made her reputation by warning that the big banks were in big trouble long before the 2008 collapse. Now, she's warning about a financial meltdown in state and local governments.

    "It has tentacles as wide as anything I've seen. I think next to housing this is the single most important issue in the United States, and certainly the largest threat to the U.S. economy," she told Kroft.

    "There's not a doubt in my mind that you will see a spate of municipal bond defaults," Whitney predicted.

    The streets will be lawless. Jone's Fort will be turned into an actual Fort and Patrick Jones will lead a ruthless well-armed citizen militia providing security to the wealthy.

    The homeless, drunks and mentally ill will come to be seen as a quaint reminder of a bygone era.

    Social Services?