Boy, a lot to figure out here since this was the first 2013/14 Budget Briefing, but I wanted to make a quick comment tonight and give myself time to review the meeting on DVR tomorrow to provide some transcripts along with my take on the subjects after some research,
Mr. Woolridge has my admiration for coming every week and talking about the needs and problems of the homeless in Escondido. I have thought often about what it would be like to be homeless, and as a woman, the scariest part would be spending the night outside. So Mr. Woolridge has been talking about creating a protected area for those who have to do so. I’m sure there are arguments against it but I would certainly like us to figure out how to keep people safe when they do sleep outside considering that at least 25% of them are suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. With all the dollars being spent chasing folks out of Grape Day Park–and from what I understand detaining many for interviews and arresting others–it seems to me we should be able to find a kinder solution. But then I guess it depends upon whether you think you could ever be homeless or feel secure in the belief that it only happens to lazy losers. See you tomorrow.