Regarding "A homeless shelter shell game' from the Dec. 9 issue, we do have less than half the shelter beds of any of the past five years, 250 beds instead of 350 + 250 = 600.
As far as the total number of homeless, though, the "official count" does not consider how good at hiding the San Diego homeless are. In eight years, I was found twice, cited once and counted only once, total. The fake "official count" has certain political, budgetary and operating procedures that make it a joke. Homelessness in San Diego has more than doubled the past three years, but resources to handle it have not. The count uses no experienced homeless to find anyone. It is a fake, manipulated, public relations tool used to assign federal grant money to the nonprofits, based upon only the most-visible homeless, and not taking into account their percentage of the population.
The count fails to find at least 20,000 well-hidden homeless, plus at least 10,000 in sex-housing and similar, plus it is the percentage of population, and not any "total" numbers that make San Diego "America's Homeless City." Look at homeless as a percentage of population, plus look at all of the different types of homeless, not just those un-housed and in the middle of the sidewalk.
Technology causes homelessness by having work done by machines, and it creates far fewer jobs than it eliminates. Plus, most new jobs do not pay enough to pay rent in San Diego, either. You either make enough cash to pay rent, or you are homeless. Is that a difficult concept? Making all this about drugs, alcohol, mental illness, criminal records and all that nonsense is ridiculous.
Good story, though, as the media rarely touches on problems that the city creates.
Dr. John Kitchin, San Diego Homeless News
WHITHER LEFTIST PROGRESS?
As we read the analysis in the Oct. 21 issue ["Lefties remain optimistic, for now"], and we re-read the cover story of the May 30, 2012, issue and note the several emails I've sent you, it's clear that not much has improved among progressives in San Diego from then to now. The gripes then are the gripes now; the cures then are the cures now. Despite a healthy registration advantage the left [had trouble finding] a candidate to run against the mayor and might even lose its majority on the city council. Politics on the left in San Diego looks a lot like the politics on the right nationally—unable to agree on the time of day even while looking at the same clock.
Your 2012 article predicted improvement in leftist politics as wave after wave of young progressives were trained on the ins and outs of local politics, elections and governance. Your recent article details 40 months of failure.
Jim Varnadore, City Heights