Oh, look, Los Angeles is also becoming an intolerable shithole! Excerpt:
These shocking pictures from downtown Los Angeles capture the growing problem it faces with trash and rodents in a desperate city also trying to contain a typhoid fever outbreak linked to worsening sanitary conditions.
A decision to not cap the total amount of property that homeless people can keep on Skid Row was announced last Wednesday and it sparked fury among some officials who say it will ‘only perpetuate the public health crisis that already exists’ there.
That, coupled with the news a Los Angeles police detective has been diagnosed with typhoid fever, has sparked concern among LA’s residents.
The city has now said it will dispose of sofas, refrigerators and other large items in the 50-block area of downtown.
But councilmen Joe Buscaino slammed the decision, saying: ‘The settlement will only perpetuate the public health crisis that already exists in Skid Row and will set a precedent for the rest of the city that will normalize encampments.
‘The city is sending a clear signal that we are turning the sidewalks in Skid Row into free, unlimited public storage, doing a disservice to the residents of Los Angeles, especially to those living on the streets.’
Images from the downtown area show trash piling up as workers struggle to keep the area sanitized. They are pictured wearing face masks among the dirt and grime.
Rows and rows of tents line the sidewalks of Skid Row in the sprawling 50-block area, home to around 4,200 homeless people, many in tents and shantytowns.
Some lay passed out in the street, seemingly from the effects of drugs as others are pictured lugging their property around, in search of the next spot to set up.
Here’s the real shocker:
On Thursday it was revealed a Los Angeles police detective has been diagnosed with typhoid fever, a rare illness typically spread through contaminated food or water, and at least five other officers who work in the same station are showing symptoms.
The six officers work in the Central Division station, where a state investigation into unsafe and unsanitary working conditions led to penalties and more than $5,000 in fines earlier this month, documents show.
The division polices downtown Los Angeles, including the notorious Skid Row area where hundreds of homeless people camp on the streets. The police union says homeless encampments must be cleaned up following the recent diagnosis and other cases where officers contracted hepatitis A and staph infections.
‘The last thing I need is my members coming to work worried about contracting an infectious disease and bringing it home to their families,’ Los Angeles Police Protective League treasurer Robert Harris said.
Dustin DeRollo, a union spokesman, said officers who patrol Skid Row ‘walk through the feces, urine and trash’ – conditions that ‘should alarm everyone and must be addressed.’
Read the article and, by all means, look at the pictures, which in this case are worth several thousand words.
Now our major cities, at least the ones in California, are dropping back into the state big cities were in the Dark Ages, with urine, feces and garbage clogging the streets, with diseases that should, in this modern era, be almost unheard of being spread. Can an epidemic be far behind?
The ancient Romans knew better than this. Read this article and, of course, look at the pictures, which in this case are worth several thousand words.
Now a part of the problem here is the change in laws around institutionalization, which state honestly is where a good number of these street people belong. A bigger part of this is tolerance by city governments, who can’t bear to appear to be “unfair to the homeless,” as though letting them continue to endanger the health of the community is somehow evidence of compassion.
And it will continue as long as it’s allowed.