James Howard 
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Re: “‘Directions to the Dumpster’ Chronicles Homeless Journey

Last night, I spoke with Nora, the Housing Navigator, and Dr. Jen Wilson, asking them directly what was being done to protect the sickest and most vulnerable residents of the coronavirus at the Napa Valley's South Shelter for the homeless. Dr. Wilson's response: "No people are seriously ill here." I offered to take her back and introduce her to Skip, a morbidly obese diabetic who struggles to breathe. I asked him if he were afraid of contracting the virus. He shrugged, "I just lay in my bed and watch videos, and try and mind my own business." He knows what is very likely to happen to him. He is most likely one of the 3-5% of people who will die when the Coronavirus strikes the shelter. Or Kit, a Vietnam war hero whose lungs were destroyed by Agent Orange and struggles to breathe each night. He, too, just shrugs fatalistically.

Nora's response was to call the Napa police and have me removed from the shelter. I am a 69 year old man with underlying health issues. Frankly, if I gotta die, I'd rather do it under the stars than in this shitpit. Dr. Jan Wilson works for Oly Health and is responsible for the overall medical well-being of the residents of Napa's South Shelter. At a minimum, she should lose her medical license. Nora and Dr. Wilson and Oly health and the County of Napa are most certainly guilty of gross negligence. At-risk residents should be moved immediately to other county facilities of motels where they will be safe. But the County is being penny dumb and pound stupid. Homeless residents have relatives and friends who love them, and there will be hell to pay in civil court when nothing is done. I suggested to Emma Moyer today, the Homeless Coordinator for Abode Services, who runs the shit pit to which the Napa County Board of Supervisors has abdicated their responsibility, that, AT A MINIMUM, the at-risk residents be moved into two bedrooms which are nearly empty and quarantined there for their own safety. As of this writing, nothing has been done. Those rooms sit nearly empty and unused, and Skip, Kit and myself are dangling in the wind (me, literally. I was ejected by Nora, the housing coordinator, for my impertinence. Even though I asked Ms. Moyers for my blankets and heart medications that are locked up at the shelter, I was ignored. This evening, Angela, my cat, and I will sleep in my car with no blankets, food or medication. The Napa Police are hunting for me at this moment, even though I did nothing of a criminal nature.

Which brings me to the concept of Gross CRIMINAL Negligence. Negligent Homicide. Knowing that a percentage of shelter residents will die, and doing nothing about it, should be criminally punishable. It is a form of Eugenics, a crime against humanity, of the type Hitler tried to pull off by murdering the elderly and infirm. Except in this case its entirely passive. All the Board of Supervisors, the entity ultimately responsible for the shelter, must do is . . . do nothing. And people will die. Viola. Problem solved. Page 1 of the Napa Register this morning featured a front-page headline from the top public county health official declaring the pandemic in Napa County would now be unavoidable. They KNOW from their own officials that people will die. When the first shelter person dies, the Board should be arrested and charged with Negligent Homicide. Because that's what they'll be . . . along with Abode Services . . . murderers, when the first body is wheeled out of the shelter dead from the Coronavirus.

Howard James

Posted by James Howard on 03/11/2020 at 6:07 PM

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