This is outrageous behaviour from a local police dept supposedly pledged to "serve and protect" their community. "Surveil and harass" is more like it.
With so many in every community being incarcerated for non violent crimes and first time offenses, why have the police increase the sense of injustice with these tactics? Good grief, 3 officers to conduct a parole search when no crime was suspected, no complaint made?
That's not only a waste of tax payers money, but very poor public relations.
Right now the minimum wage is a joke. Hats off to Marin County, S.F., and the other communities that are Doing The Right Thing!
Unbelievable that home care workers are still getting shut out.
Thankyou for intelligent, informative articles on whats going on locally.
Yay!!♡ Franti is great
Excellent article - again: thanks for putting quality reporting on important local issues in your weekly.
So S.R. has bylaws against sleeping in cars? Too bad; often a car is the only thing keeping a person from full-fledged homelessness! With a working vehicle it's possible to look for more work (and get to the part-time, lowpaying job one already has) while hopefully managing to put money aside. The downside - keeping clean, finding toilets - is nothing compared to the advantages of having mobility, safety, and independence. And, of course, the possibility of locating permanent shelter.
Yes, the homeless move around, and areas with better services will be a magnet to them. Of course a solution is to not provide services; more humane and ultimately, more responsible, is for communities to have housing, mental health, and food programs in place. And this is happening!
The author's points are well taken; we've let agribusiness take us into a horrible realm where the livestock is basically tortured in the name of efficiency. And we already know the damage done by intensive industrial farming, the vegetables starved of nutrients, crops modified to absorb more pesticides, the Amazon cleared for soybean production...
So why not eat eggs and meat and fowl provided by small, preferably local producers - just as we try to do with produce, baked goods, etc?
Good work. Too bad something as obvious as this is taking so long to implement; a citizen's review board will help all concerned. The police and sheriff's depts might be concerned about less automatic rubberstamping of their shootings, but their relations with the community should improve tremendously.
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