By Max R. Weller
It struck me yesterday morning as I was drinking my mug of instant coffee in Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. I began shivering all over, and must have looked like a wino suffering alcohol withdrawal. It was all I could do to ride the SKIP bus down to King Soopers on Table Mesa; I bought some orange juice and ginger ale, but forgot to get the Sunday edition of the Daily Camera. I didn’t eat any solid food yesterday, because I had no appetite. I crawled into my burrow about 9AM yesterday, and stayed there until this morning at 5. I was sweating like a pig overnight, usually a sign that the flu is coming to an end, and I feel better this morning. Still don’t have much energy, so I’ll probably go to bed early tonight. Not really hungry, but I’ll eat something anyway.
Great news: Judge rules Boulder County lacked legal authority to create subdivision paving district in the DC. Quoting from the article below:
Boulder County commissioners didn’t have the legal authority to establish a Local Improvement District created to charge rural residential subdivision property owners the bulk of the costs of rehabilitating those subdivisions’ paved county roads, according to a Friday Boulder County District Court ruling.
The Board of County Commissioners “exceeded its jurisdiction and abused its discretion in authorizing and forming the Subdivision Paving Local Improvement District and imposing assessments on properties within the District,” Senior District Court Judge J. Robert Lowenbach wrote.
Lowenbach said in his ruling that the authorization and formation of the road paving district the commissioners formed last year — and the county’s imposition of millions of dollars of assessments on the owners of about 10,900 properties in nearly 120 subdivisions — “are invalidated.”
The judge further ordered Boulder County to “promptly return the assessments and/or installments collected, with interest, and remove any and all liens” imposed as part of the funding mechanism intended to help pay the costs of rehabilitating and reconstructing about 150 miles of paved roads in the county’s unincorporated residential subdivisions over the coming 15 years.
Here’s a story from the Denver Post which needs to be told, and it certainly applies to Boulder as well: Legal marijuana factor in larger numbers of Denver homeless. Quoting from the article:
“Of the new kids we’re seeing, the majority are saying they’re here because of the weed. They’re travelling through. It is very unfortunate,” said Kendall Rames, deputy director of Urban Peak, a non-profit which provides food, shelter and other services to young people in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Younger visitors to Father Woody’s Haven of Hope, which serves those 18 and over, typically are more demanding and difficult than their elders, Melinda Paterson, the director, said. “Typically, they have an attitude. But we are really strict here. We treat you with respect … and if they are not respectful, we ask them to leave.
Combined with an increase in those who arrive penniless and seeking jobs in the state’s strengthening employment market, the homeless influx is straining a service network already under stress, said Murray Flagg, divisional social services secretary for the Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division.
The number of those who go to Father Woody’s normally rises by about 50 people per month during the summer, Paterson said. This year, “we have gotten 923 new homeless over the last three months,” more than 300 a month.
About two months ago, she added, the shelter began bringing those who eat breakfast and lunch there to the table in shifts to accommodate the increase.
“It is worrisome in the sense that how are we going to clothe and feed and find shelter for them?”
Between May 1 and July 15, Urban Peak’s drop in center, where homeless people 15 through 24 can get a meal, do laundry, shower or take GED and other classes, saw the number of new visitors jump by 5 percent over the same period last year, Rames said.
Last summer, the Salvation Army’s single men’s Crossroads Shelter in Denver housed an average of 225 men each night.
This summer’s average is about 300 per night, and when other shelters are full, the organization provides a bed for as many as 350, Flagg said.
In the past, the shelter’s residents averaged between 35 and 60 years old. “Now we are seeing a much larger number of 18- to 25-year- olds.”
An informal survey performed at the shelter suggested that about 25 percent of the increase in population was related to marijuana, Flagg said.
While many come to smoke without worrying about the law, others “are folks looking to work in the industry, a lot of them have an agricultural background,” or other experience they expect will be in demand, he said.
They may also have a felony on their record that automatically disqualifies them from getting a job in the highly regulated business.
Those who do find jobs in pot shops and grow houses often earn subsistence wages that make it difficult to pay rent, or buy a home in Denver’s expensive housing market, Flagg said. They too can end up homeless.
Why feed and clothe and provide other forms of assistance to anyone who is a substance abuser? All you’re doing is making it possible for them to spend their own money on dope (or alcohol). This is inappropriate compassion, and enables a permanent dependency on the social services system.
The Great Depression of the 1930s was a different story altogether:
BTW, the soup kitchen above was operated by Al Capone’s organization.
That’s all for now, folks.