Monthly Archives: June 2018

Boulder County Coordinated Entry: FAIL

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR

By Max R. Weller

I’ve not been a part of the homeless lifestyle in Boulder, CO since moving to a long-term care facility in Thornton, CO last Christmas. I had suffered a minor heart attack in the middle of December, and also had some other health issues like a recurrence of cellulitis in my right leg (first occurred in April, 2016), deep vein thrombosis in the same leg, high blood pressure, and diabetes. All are being treated successfully now with medication and some moderate exercise at a cardiac rehab class I attend three mornings a week.

Right before my forced exit from Boulder, the homeless shelter / services industry there (comprised of both government agencies and private nonprofits) had announced the latest brilliant plan to end homelessness (so they have claimed with each new approach): Boulder County Homeless Systems Coordinated Entry.

I was very skeptical at that time, and have been looking lately for info to judge the effectiveness of this scheme. Yesterday, I find it in a lengthy report published in the LongmonTimes-Call newspaper: Boulder County businesses grapple with impacts of homelessness.

Excerpt follows:

Clyde Townsend arranges his belongings in the breezeway off the east 300 block of Main Street in downtown Longmont on Wednesday. As merchants say the

Clyde Townsend arranges his belongings in the breezeway off the east 300 block of Main Street in downtown Longmont on Wednesday. As merchants say the homeless are impacting their business, city leaders are looking to new approaches to help those in need, and downtown businesses. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

A group of four men — surrounded by shopping carts brimming with their personal belongings and shrouded in plastic tarps to protected the cargo from an impending rainstorm — sat in a breezeway that connects Longmont’s Main Street with a parking area behind a row of businesses.

Three appeared to be sleeping, one — who had no interest in speaking with a reporter — was fiddling with a cell phone with his back propped against a breezeway wall.

On the other side of that wall was Don Jensen, owner of Jensen Guitar Company. Behind the counter inside the shop a monitor displayed video feeds from a series of security cameras, one of which is trained on the breezeway.

“They live here in this breezeway,” Jensen said. “They’re here every day — and my (music lesson) students and parents and children walk through there. I get complaints every single day.”

“Without a question it has an impact on the business,” he said, adding that customers have told him that they often park down the block to avoid walking through the breezeway. Jensen said he suspects some customers have stopped coming at all.

“It can’t go on like this,” he said. “Something’s got to change.”

Longmont and the Longmont Downtown Development Association are spending $30,000 this summer to hire Trident Protection Group security guards to patrol

Longmont and the Longmont Downtown Development Association are spending $30,000 this summer to hire Trident Protection Group security guards to patrol downtown and city parks, in part to deal with homeless issues. Andrew, left, and Joe, neither of whom would reveal their last names, are seen walking in downtown Longmont on June 14. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

A persistent challenge

Despite the strong economy both nationally and locally, hundreds of homeless people live in Boulder County.

While the precise number of homeless people living in any given community can be difficult to pin down, a 2017 survey by the Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative found 600 transients in Boulder County. Because that survey — known as the point-in-time count — is conducted on a single day, it may not necessarily reflect the full scope of the homeless population.

Police in Longmont arrested or cited 855 homeless or transient people in 2017. So far this year, they’ve arrested or cited 393 homeless people, according to data from Deputy Chief Jeff Satur.

In Boulder, 673 people had been assessed by the coordinated entry homelessness assistance program between October of 2017 and May of 2018, data shows.

A man who identifies himself only as the High Plains Drifter hangs out on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall on Wednesday afternoon. He says he makes his

A man who identifies himself only as the High Plains Drifter hangs out on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall on Wednesday afternoon. He says he makes his living from donations and lives near the mall. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

End excerpt. (The man pictured above has been in Boulder for decades, and many readers of this blog will recognize him.)

The article continues at some length, but the bottom line is this: Nothing has changed in Boulder County, CO. Perhaps transients are passing through more quickly (perhaps not), but it’s almost certain that the overall numbers of them are as great or greater than ever before. You can attribute this to the influx of Marijuana Travelers coming here from all across America in recent years, and some even from foreign countries.

Coordinated Entry is a sham. BUT, it’s also without doubt a highly effective means to pump more $$$, from both public and private sources, into the corrupt homeless shelter / services industry. More Homeless People = More Money.

There’s absolutely nothing progressive about this — it’s simply another way for the elites to feel good about themselves.

If I were healthy enough to move back outdoors again, and at this point that hardly seems likely, I would STILL want nothing to do with the shelter / services industry. Who really needs it? I lived as a homeless man in Boulder and its environs for a decade, mostly outdoors year-round with only brief respites indoors (thanks to friends).

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Random thoughts 6/25/2018

By Max R. Weller

I did 2 miles in just under 40 minutes on the recumbent stepper at Cardiac Rehab this morning; because of my arthritic hip, I don’t use my feet, just my arms, but this is about as fast as I’ve moved in years. It was tough due only to my sleep deprivation: the last two nights, my roommate has stayed up well past 1AM and then started yelling about his “urine bottle” needing to be emptied at 5AM. He pees a small amount into his urinal, never filling it up like normal guys would do, being too stupid to lie on his side and put his tallywhacker inside the plastic vessel . . . Apparently, he lies on his back and pees straight up in defiance of gravity, then wonders why he wets the bed. Frankly, I think his whole family are as dumb as a box of rocks, and probably inbred.

Couldn’t get a cup of coffee before catching my ride to St. Anthony North this AM, either, which also contributed to my fatigue. At lunch a while ago, they didn’t give me a tray in my room before rolling the cart away, but I yelled at them to STOP. A waste of time; it was a small serving of cole slaw, a gristly chicken salad sandwich (I do believe they chop up beaks and feet along with the chicken meat), and a few cubes of cantaloupe. I’ll ask for a couple of hamburgers for dinner in an attempt to make up for it.

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A mess o’ chicken feet, regarded as a delicacy in many other countries.

Here’s a great letter-to-the-editor of the (Colorado Springs) Westside Pioneer online: Bums ‘breaking our laws and nothing is being done.’

I no longer follow any news from Boulder, CO. Don’t miss it one darn bit!

Have a good day, everyone!

What does the Far Left mean by their one-word slogan?

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I’ve been thinking about this, and have concluded that it’s really a 3-point plan for left-wing political activists to follow:

1) Resist objectivity

2) Resist civility

3) Resist common sense

Of course, the ultimate goal is to raise lots of $$$ for the most extreme candidates on the Left. To that end, I think a more effective slogan / image would be:

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— MRW

‘Inside Shelter For Unaccompanied Immigrant Children’ CNN

Watch the video by clicking here.

It’s a better facility than most intended for (forgotten) homeless American kids, with more resources of every kind. And I’d bet this is the norm with (high-profile) immigrant kids, NOT the exception!

I give credit to CNN for doing some objective reporting in this case . . . We should demand more of it.

— MRW

Time cover photo of crying Honduran girl is FAKE NEWS

See the report in the Washington Post by clicking here.

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In fact, NEVER separated from her mother.

Also see Trump rips media for ignoring Angel Families ‘permanently separated’ by illegal immigrant crime.

WTF? Most of the media in America today are just despicable, and seemingly incapable of telling the unvarnished truth on anything that might yield benefits to the Far Left if misrepresented in a certain way.

— MRW

‘Obama Has Deported More People Than Any Other President’ ABC News 8/29/2016

By Max R. Weller

See the report here.

Quoting from it below:

President Barack Obama has often been referred to by immigration groups as the “Deporter in Chief.” Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

According to governmental data, the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president’s administration in history.

In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.

President George W. Bush’s administration deported just over two million during his time in office; and Obama’s numbers don’t reflect his last year in office, for which data is not yet available.

Also see the CNN clip posted to YouTube on 4/26/2016: OBAMA BORDER REMARKS — CHILDREN UNLIKELY TO STAY.

But while these immigrant parents and children ARE being detained in our country, pending a resolution of their status, living conditions are better than those of many American parents and children who are living below the so-called poverty line. Certainly FAR BETTER than those of the estimated 2.5 million homeless children in the USA cited in this report from National Center on Family Homelessness in 2014.

Why aren’t we taking care of our own? A couple of thousand immigrant children compared to over a couple of million homeless American kids — it seems like our priorities ought to be clear to everyone: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike!

Good news from Happy Haven

By Max R. Weller

My roommate is being moved to a different hall very soon. He may be alone in his new room, given the amount of disturbance he causes both day and night, and staff working my hall seem just as happy to be rid of him as I am.

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“I can’t find my urinal! And somebody has stolen my TV remote again! Assist me, young lady, or I’ll turn you in to your supervisor.”

(I’ve obviously taken some license with this image: nobody on staff at Happy Haven wears a bikini.)

I suspect that if he bothers his new neighbors as badly as he’s irritated me, the next option for him will be the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan.

“Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!”