Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Homeless Shelter Coming To A Neighborhood Near You

The Orange County Register announced that Fullerton Interfaith has received a $1-million grant from California taxpayers to help ease homelessness in Fullerton. The article, which bears the humorous and pessimistic title "Grant could help homeless families", is short and simplistic. That is, the article doesn't say much about where the shelter will go or any of the particulars which were likely written into the grant.

A quick online search for real property assets in the name of Fullerton Interfaith yielded adjoining addresses on Amerige at Richman.

Southwest corner of Amerige at Richman, in Fullerton, California. 
 Since the article states that the property to be used is "vacant land", it is unclear if this is the same site as pictured here on the left. 

It is quite possible that Fullerton Interfaith has acquired other property recently which has not shown up in the database I used. 

The grant funding comes from Proposition 1C (2006) funding.  Prop 1C was part of a massive taxpayer's credit card scheme (see Props 1B-1E from 2006) designed to borrow $37.3 BILLION! 

The State borrowed the money and now you voters can see where it has taken them: into the State of Financial Ruin. 

One of the loudest critics of these ballot initiatives, in particular 1C, was Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.  DeVore, now retired from the State Assembly (and was one of my early campaign supporters), argued that the end result of the initiative did not justify the means.  He knew the vast sums of money ($3 BILLION for Prop 1C) would not make housing more affordable (a farce by any standard).  DeVore also knew that the initiatives would force higher taxes. 

Notice that the argument against the spending was never about ending, preventing, or combating homelessness.  I think most minds can come together on the notion that homelessness, whatever the catalyst an individual's demise, is never good.  Certainly none of us would relish watching a loved one toil in the despair of loosing a job and eventually their home.  In fact, the argument against the initiative was that we were BORROWING the money to "fix" what many believe to be a socially engineered problem.   

For those emotionally invested in homelessness issues, borrowing billions of dollars, no matter the long-term cost, is not just "worth it" but absolutely necessary for the preservation of humanity.  As much as I may want to agree with that premise, I am forced to recognize that all of the money in the world will not end homelessness, for there are so many causes which are beyond our control.

My family and I do what we can, when we can, for those who need it.  We give through various organizations knowing that the money is being put to good use with next to no overhead- unlike the State of California

Imagine if each of the 208,675 full-time state employees (not including the Cal State University employees) each had 1% of their collective $1,469,566,618 monthly gross wages go towards homelessness grants.  We could solve a lot of socially engineered economic problems.  But would it be fair to burden only State employees?  Perhaps it would be fairer to tax some other minority group?  Who should pay to house the houseless and where should their temporary homes be placed? 

Whatever answers you may have for those questions I am just happy to see that this is a community group, albeit largely taxpayer funded, doing the charitable work instead of full-time public employees.  Not that one is undeserving of the other, but the long-term cost associated with using public employees far exceeds the short-term charitable public benefit they would serve. 

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My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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