Thanks, Luis - you're right.
SoCo Supes say they want to fight poverty but the words "upstream investment" come up too frequently in the conversation. It's code for "A stitch in time saves nine" planning - going for prevention instead of repair.
Unfortunately it often means yet another institutional structure.
I say what's more "upstream" than our pregnant daughters and our grandchildren? If you raise my homecare wage from $11.65 an hour to $15 an hour then I can buy the kids and grandkids vitamins, raincoats, bus tickets and decent food.
Doesn't get much more "upstream" than that.
The Living Wage Ordinance could end up saving the county more money than it will be putting out. I believe it will.
Further focus for a real water solution is to immediately stop building cities and subdivisions where there isn't sufficient water available to serve the new residents. California MUST stop sending water away from its source. Californians must learn to live with the water that is available on site. We've seen what happens when water is sent hundreds of miles away, depriving the indigenous wildlife and environment of the water they need. We have to banish the idea that we can build communities without regard for where the water is going to come from.
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