In England we have a saying for a person or a group who are speaking or acting in a nonsensical and ridiculous way. We call it ‘a load of bollocks’. That expression was sadly presented in technicolor glory by a government body in British Columbia who are investigating whether beauty salons broke the law because they refused to wax the testicles of a transgender man. Seriously, the government is spending tax-payers money on this investigation because they think the transgender man may have had his human rights violated!
Nearly 50% of the homeless are in California. For a State that has the same party governing almost every part of the state apparatus, to say that is politically embarrassing woould be an understatement. Especially when that State is running a budget surplus and is among the richest in the nation. Actually its one of the richest on the planet. Mental health is a major issue. Ill leave that for another post at another time. In this post I want to focus on another factor.
Affordability is clearly a problem. Homes for longterm residents and workers are unaffordable, either to buy or to rent. Municipal, state and national funds are limited, both for housing and social/mental care, despite the fact we live in one of the highest tax environments on the planet! And here in Paso, like many communities in the state, we are the sort of place any sensible human forced to live and sleep outside will gravitate towards.