The Mayor sent me a nice email letter yesterday summarizing the state of the city. So, I took this opportunity to send him one back detailing how I see the state of the homeless that has the city council wringing their hands in frustration.
I hope Sean reads it, because I pretty much said what I have been saying here for months, you know, about taking a no non-sense stand against the mini-crime wave the bums have brought to Chico.
Obviously our Chief doesn’t have the will to do it. He’s still hoping the bums will play nice if we treat them with respect and courtesy. Hey, I’m all for that too, only it doesn’t work! That approach is laughed at. So, it’s time to rethink their plan and about the only thing the police departments has not done yet is get tough and start busting the bums for every violation they happen to see. It’s no more than I would expect if I were the one breaking the law.
The chief said a long time ago he does not want to get into the business of focused enforcement on the homeless. He lamented how terrible that would be to pick on the homeless and how being poor isn’t a crime. Well, I strongly disagree, because he’s talking about one group of people and I am talking about another…the one he doesn’t want to acknowledge exists. Need I say it, I think his take is just a bunch of liberal malarky?
Nobody…. was ever suggesting mistreating bums or throwing them on the next train out of town or anything like that! My thought and the thoughts of many of my fellow citizens is, hey, just do your job. You’ve got a penal code book and a city code book…use them! You know like real cops do. Let me spell it out: Bust those shoplifters, get creative and catch those bike thieves. Makes sweeps at night and arrest those Bidwell park campers, the ones that are trashing the park and polluting the very stream that our kids swim in at 1 Mile! And when you catch these miscreants, put them in the slammer! That’s what ultra-liberal San Francisco does! Sure, they are very permissive about a lot of things, but the one thing they will not allow, where they absolutely draw the line, is bums taking over their Golden Gate Park! That’s a big no-no, so they have said no sleeping/camping in the GG park and they mean it!
Why don’t we drawn the line here on something? Sadly, the police depart, and let me make this clear, the average beat cop is willing, but he is not able to protect our downtown business people as they would like. This means they are not doing much of anything with the illegal dumping, littering in the park or the polluting of Chico Creek. I have a long list of offenses that our bums are solely responsible for and there just isn’t any enforcement going on to fix it and it all goes back to one guy at the top. We need and want enforcers of the law, not touchy feel street diplomats; besides we tried that and of course it didn’t work.
I believe there is not enough money in the whole county, maybe the whole State, to chaperone, to counsel, to coddle, to feed, clothe and shelter this hard core of “I won’t work” bums that are here now! My part thought…I’m just hoping the many thousands of bums in other cities never hear what a soft touch we are, because that’s like putting out the welcome mat to petty criminals. If Annie B could see what has happened to her town she would be rolling in her grave.