Sunday, January 13, 2019

A rant about city politics

WARNING:  I am ranting so I may not make sense to anyone. It just feels good to get it off my chest.

Last year (2018) was not the best. Sure, we're all fine - my marriage, my adult children - finances - health - we're all doing fine. It was not a good year for my community and surrounding communities which, affects everyone in some way or another. Everyone is still hurting in some way. Many of us are not looking forward to a similar type of summer. I LOVE summer but get a sick feeling in my stomach, when I think of wildfires and smoke. Doesn't help that our homeowner's insurance sent us a notice that they will not be renewing us in June. Thankfully we have time to search for a new policy but I do fear, it will cost us. I want it to stay winter for longer this year.

Every day, our local news is reporting on the aftermath of all the fires in our communities. Many of the survivors of the Camp Fire moved to my town, which is all fine and dandy but we have our own Carr, Delta and Herz fire survivors. Many of the homeowners are choosing NOT to rebuild. This City, can't even cut these people a deal on their building fees.  So it's better to just buy a new home in town, rather than put up with all the regulations and building fees.

We have quite a homeless problem. Now I really hate to use the word, "homeless." because these people are criminals. They live in these tent cities on our sidewalks in town. They frighten people off the hiking trails and are polluting the river and waterways with their trash and feces. Many of them are drug addicts, sex offenders, and pedophiles.

YET, when you attend a city council meeting, the Homeless advocacy groups are there to paint us a different picture of these folks. They bring in people, who are homeless, but not the ones I am talking about. They are playing a game with us all - WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THEM! Why won't they listen to us? Many of the advocacy groups that flood our city council, do not even live here. They drive up from San Francisco or Sacramento. They leave the comforts of their urban home, drive up in their zero-emissions electric car that many here cannot afford and they tell us, we are bigots, hateful, blah blah blah.

I have really CHANGED. I grew up in San Francisco and in that urbanite, elitist jungle. Yeah and maybe even I used to think that the small towns and rural areas needed our expertise on their problems. I know I didn't understand rural California at all. Just that it was a nice place to go on vacation, but you really wouldn't want to live here. Now, almost 11 years later - I am here and I love it. The people are friendly - and now, I don't even like to go back into the bay area. It's all changed. The locals have and are moving away and it's now all snobby elitists. My friends that are struggling to stay or who are homeowners, hate it.

Okay back to what I was saying:

So the city decided to PAY out and place signs in these areas, prohibiting overnight camping on public walkways and parks. We get this:

Not one person is going to know these penal codes or even bother to look them up PLUS, nowhere is the wording PROHIBITED. From the looks of it, all are welcome from dawn to dusk and it is ambiguous regarding camping, use of fire pits etc.

Obviously a major TYPO. Within hours it was taken down.

I thought I would stay away from National Politics and concentrate more on local politics. City politics are not much better.

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