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Residents of other cities in Boulder County react to Mayor Suzanne Jones:

Excerpt from the Daily Camera — 

Several council members expressed a desire to pressure surrounding communities that they alleged ignore the issue of regional homelessness. The council was pleased with Longmont’s outlook, but criticized other county communities for their collective lack of involvement in serving, transitioning and then housing the homeless.

“We need to get them on board,” Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said. “This is a regional issue.”

Mayor Suzanne Jones, whose sister, Elise Jones, is a county commissioner, wondered aloud whether Boulder County officials might not “compel participation” from neighboring communities through withheld funds, or other punitive actions.

“I think it’s time to think about leverage,” Jones added.

A random sampling of the reactions of residents in other cities (besides Longmont) follows:

Okay, the dog is a ringer, but you get the point . . .

— MRW

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.) 

Random stuff 6/12/2017

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT THE WORST-BEHAVED TRANSIENTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!

By Max R. Weller

1) Commentaries in yesterday’s Daily Camera from both Darren O’Connor (self-styled homeless advocate) and three board members at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless were entirely predictable, regurgitating the same tired old talking points and ignoring the reality of homelessness in Boulder, CO as I present it. I won’t bother to post the links to their drivel here, but I have to wonder if BSH’s executive director has fallen into disfavor, since he wasn’t one of the trio of authors.

If the board wants to do something useful, they should fire Greg Harms first and then resign as a body.

BTW, I’m still waiting for Boulder Shelter to admit that one of their staff members did steal $350+ from my locker there last March, and compensate me for that loss — $350 is a HUGE amount of cash for any homeless person to lose, especially through no fault of their own.

2) I was enjoying sitting on the wall along the sidewalk in the 4900 block of N. Broadway yesterday afternoon, when one of the drunks came along with an overstuffed plastic grocery bag from Safeway full of various condiments. That bag ripped open, spilling everything, so he went somewhere and got another plastic bag. That, too, ripped open and all of the stuff again hit the sidewalk. He then tied up the hole in bag #2, and tried to pick it up again; this time when the contents fell out, a large glass bottle of hot sauce broke, leaving a big red puddle.

That’s why this spot in front of the Mexican restaurant looks like it was the scene of BLOODY MURDER.

I just left, briefly flying a sign on the corner of U.S. 36 before continuing on to my campsite.

3) I had been considering applying for food stamps in order to donate canned goods to a local food pantry for poor and homeless families, and also applying for the Colorado Old Age Pension (available at age 60 for those not receiving Social Security or SSI) which could be up to $700 per month. However, it remains true that there is an abundance of food available to those in need, so my donations would be superfluous, and the bureaucrats are not above trying to use cash benefits as leverage to force one into a transitional living program and then a homeless ghetto project. I know more than one hardy outdoor-type homeless man whose money was in fact cut off because he refused the substandard housing which is typically available.

OAP is NOT for me under these circumstances — and it’s EXTORTION to use it as the do-gooders apparently are. They ought to be prosecuted and jailed upon conviction.

4) Boulder City Council seems to have lost sight of what the majority of citizens want them to do about homelessness: Focus on helping Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children.

Everything that city staff and nonprofits are striving to accomplish only INCREASES the number of transients here.

Here’s the question we need to address:

Boulder City Council supports greedy nonprofits’ focus on making millions, while hundreds here will remain homeless

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS!

By Max R. Weller

Get ready for increasing numbers of young Marijuana Travelers arriving here in Boulder, CO as word spreads through the nationwide homeless grapevine about $300K apartments being given to the lowest common denominator of homeless youth ages 18 to 24. True, it’s only 40 apartments — but there will be ten times that many drawn here by yet another Big Money project that FAILS to end homelessness, and also FAILS to address the welfare of Boulder County’s own homeless people.

Of course, the clueless do-gooders will have an orgy of patting themselves on the back . . .

I’m only mildly surprised at Boulder City Council’s action as reported in the Daily Camera. Read it here: No call-up: Boulder council grants final OK to 1440 Pine St.

Usually, I’ll copy either an excerpt or the entire story and post it here; however, I think this is a case where an Internet meme will sum things up just as well. To wit:

Life skills training needed for the homeless

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

As one who has chosen to be a firsthand observer of homelessness here in Boulder, CO since early 2008 — even to the extent of sleeping outdoors in wintertime — I’ve often been amazed at how dysfunctional many homeless single adults are. They have difficulty with daily tasks that most of us take for granted, which we can do with very little conscious thought. Examples: 1) Reading a bus schedule and getting to the bus stop on time; 2) Shopping for food and other necessities on a limited budget; and 3) Understanding and dealing effectively with bureaucracy (or avoiding it altogether as I do, a skill in and of itself).

Unfortunately, the Transition Program at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless fails to educate homeless clients in any practical way. Many is the time I’ve been waiting outside for this facility to open at 6AM in order to take my morning shower, and I see program residents running after the RTD buses as they’re pulling away; this is because the homeless people inside aren’t even required to wake themselves on time to start their days. It gets worse: You name the task, and chances are that some “case manager” or other BSH staff member is doing it for the resident, which only reinforces their dependency. Residents are assigned very simple chores, which frequently don’t get done, and staff’s only concern is that the resident has signed off on having completed their chore (this is my pet peeve, because I have to clean the toilet seat I use every morning rather than take a chance on whether it was actually disinfected). When residents leave the building at 4869 N. Broadway at 8AM, at least a dozen will gather at the corner of Front Range & N. Broadway — on BSH property — to smoke marijuana (supposedly not permitted for those who are required to be “clean and sober”).

There are residents in this “nine month” program who have been there for years (with only brief respites), and remain just as helpless and needy as ever. Really, what’s the point? Besides having a “program” to point to in hopes of gaining more funding from both public and private sources. But, maybe that IS the point . . .

It’s time to refocus resources at Boulder Shelter in a way that will actually offer a chance at real change in the lives of homeless single adults who seek it. It can be done; just search online for Denver Samaritan House 120-Day Levels Program Requirements.

In wintertime’s life-threatening weather conditions, of course, there will always be a need for emergency overnight shelter. That’s a different matter, entirely, and it’s not one that attracts a lot of support from do-gooders wanting the homeless to “get back on their feet” as the tired old saying goes. However, I regard it as the true test of so-called compassion — providing a minimal level of emergency care for those who probably won’t offer any thanks and aren’t interested in rejoining the mainstream of society.

(This post has been submitted to the Daily Camera as a guest opinion and also e-mailed to Boulder City Council)

Required reading for ALL who live and/or work in Boulder, CO:

See the excellent commentary by Keith Mann from the Daily Camera here: Take back our city. Copied below in its entirety:

The other day I watched a somewhat dirty, shirtless tramp, carrying his free lunch in a plastic grocery bag, slowly walk up Chautauqua Park trail to find his day camp. He stopped every 20 feet or so to smoke his cigarette, but instead of enjoying the beauty of the park, he mostly seemed angry and was muttering to himself. The tourists walked off-trail into the mud to avoid him. Of course, they’ll be stepping into something very different once they get up into the treeline where he goes to the bathroom. I’d guess he will not clean up and pack out his garbage from his free lunch when he walks down the hill to get his free dinner.

What an adventure for any tourists or students, especially if they are female, who happen upon his hidden day-camp up in the forest. They’ll have quite a story, hopefully the Disney version, to tell everyone about their “Boulder experience.”

I suspect the tramp had no choice but to day-camp Chautauqua because our neighborhood parks are suddenly overpopulated with out-of-state homeless. Our small neighborhood park, Martin Park, has quickly gone from no homeless to up to 12 homeless each day and they are now spilling out onto our residential streets.

Big Homeless continues to do nothing. (I LOVE that term for our homeless shelter / services industry — MRW)

The new, highly publicized, Big Homeless “solution” is to cherry pick the top 1 percent of safe, nice and obedient (and I’m betting not very smelly) homeless, and then sit in a nice air-conditioned building to do job training for many months. Sounds cushy to me. Since they’ve chosen the 1 percent best and brightest (relatively speaking), I’m sure they will succeed and Big Homeless will have something to put on their resumes and their increased budget and salary requests.

But what of the other 99 percent of the not-so-nice homeless and the newcomers on the Boulder streets and parks? There is no solution for them. This growing tsunami of tramps, travelers, and homeless will continue to flood our city. So, in fact, the so-called solution from Big Homeless is not a solution at all.

This is unacceptable and completely out of control. But it’s not just Big Homeless, many city issues are out of control. It’s not the big, progressive city issues we all agree on, like the muni, affordable housing, diversity, or resisting Trump.

It’s the everyday, pragmatic city issues that are out of control. The increasing traffic nightmare. City employees who experiment on residents like they are lab rats. The city’s blatant stonewalling, data manipulation, lying and deceiving. Not building additional basic infrastructure, like recreation centers or parks, to match our increased population. Making secret decisions and then forcing it upon the citizens. Not obeying their own rules. Hidden agendas. Choosing profiteering outsiders over residents.

Even small issues. Like not fixing the Martin Park playground water fountain for four long hot summer months, despite our many pleas that our children be given access to water. Seriously, four months to fix a water fountain?

“If there’s something strange, in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?” In Boulder — nobody! For the average citizen of Boulder, it’s nobody. If it’s a difficult or inconvenient issue, or something that conflicts with their hidden agendas, the City Council and city employees just ignore us, and if pressed, will actively stonewall, lie and deceive.

Having a progressive agenda and representing the citizens is not mutually exclusive. We can continue our liberal progressive policies with a City Council that is responsive to its citizens.

It’s time to do away with the current city-wide elections. It’s time for a district or borough amendment that will force politicians to represent and respond to their neighborhood constituents.

It’s time for citizens to take back our city.

Keith Mann lives in Boulder.

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WOW! This is writing of the sort I wish I could turn out . . . Of course, the Homeless Philosopher agrees with it (except for one minor point explained below) and can safely state that the Silent Majority of homeless residents in Boulder County do, also.

NOTE page 7 / 39 in the Boulder PD Sex Offender Registry for the name and photo of Delling, Douglas. This individual was one of the first participants in Bridge House’s Ready to Work program until being arrested by federal authorities, according to this Press Release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office (District of Colorado):

Boulder Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

. . . According to court documents, including the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, beginning on March 10, 2008, in the state of Arkansas, Delling was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, as he was a sex offender. Delling subsequently moved to Colorado without notifying law enforcement officers. When a verification check was conducted by law enforcement officers in Arkansas, they determined that the defendant no longer resided at his registered address. A non-extraditable warrant was issued, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Arkansas launched a fugitive investigation.

During the subsequent investigation, the U.S. Marshal’s Service obtained a current telephone number for the defendant. Delling was contacted by phone on October 21, 2013, and informed agents that when he first moved to Colorado he lived in a camp ground in Nederland, Colorado, and worked in Boulder, Colorado.  At the time he was contacted, he stated that he was currently living at a homeless shelter in Boulder, and that he knew he needed to register yet had not because he did not want to go to jail. Delling was informed that he needed to register in Colorado.

Delling was arrested nine days later on October 20, 2013, after neither registering in Colorado nor changing his registration in Arkansas. Records show that Delling had resided in Colorado from at least September 23, 2013 to October 30, 2013. The defendant had been employed with a “Ready to Work” program in Colorado, with which he had falsely reported “no” to questions of “have you been in jail or prison” and “Convicted of a Sex Offense”. The defendant said that he knew he had to register as a sex offender in Colorado but feared being arrested if he registered.

“Sex offenders are required to register in the communities they reside in so that local law enforcement and area residents are aware of their presence,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  “When a sex offender fails to register, no matter the excuse, that person is violating the law by not notifying the authorities or their neighbors of their residence and prior sex conviction.”

“I am extremely proud of the work of our deputy marshals on this case,” said U.S. Marshal John L. Kammerzell.  “As an agency, we take these cases very seriously with the safety of the community as our highest priority.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Delling was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Tonini.

Not that it’s necessarily wrong or misguided, but Mr. Delling is currently being pampered at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless in the special room reserved for transgender homeless clients. Some days he uses a walker, other days he has a blind person’s cane, but most of the time he’s apparently without any serious handicap at all.

offender photo

Yes, indeed, Isabel McDevitt at Bridge House’s Ready to Work let this one slip through the cracks for sure, and I understand from reliable sources that there are several other convicted sex offenders in that highly-touted “transitional living” program.

— MRW 

What is Boulder’s city staff thinking about the Transient Migration here?

Here’s a BUM with so little respect for authority that he might as well pee and poop right in front of the Municipal Building . . . And the homeless advocates — including Isabel McDevitt at Bridge House — would be fine with it if he did!

The Homeless Philosopher says the only things he’s entitled to receive, on purely humanitarian grounds, are a bus ticket on RTD to Denver and a sack lunch to-go.

— MRW 

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council) 

‘Around Denver’s Central Library, crime and no punishment’

See the editorial in the Denver Post here. Copied below in its entirety:

By

Denver’s flagship Central Library needs some love and attention. And soon.

Regular users know this. Sadly, those who regularly walk or drive by the famous Michael Graves structure at the edge of Civic Center know it also. Now that 9News investigators went undercover to record stomach-turning videos of crowds of street people and the homeless sprawled along the grand arcade — some of them shooting up heroin — the depressing fact has been vividly documented for the world to see.

Reporter Jeremy Jojola reports that emergency calls for fights and sexual assaults are spiking at the library.  Also worrisome is that, while there were no calls for overdoses during the first four months of last year, there were 44 this year.

The findings showcase Denver’s overall problem with opioid addiction, a problem not isolated to our city. Not only does it challenge users of the library, it drains money from library budgets. As City Librarian Michelle Jeske tells us, the library is shifting resources that could be spent beefing up library staff to hiring additional security forces and equipment meant to protect it.

“I’m horrified by it,” Jeske told Jojola. “And I’m sad for those people who have that drug addiction at the same time.”

The report horrifies us as well. Count us as fans of the library’s mission.

What a shame it would be if one of the city’s crown jewels were left to its own defenses, and to the degradation that we’ve seen in so many other areas, like the 16th Street Mall and the Cherry Creek trail. While Jeske is right to add security personnel and equipment, her guards aren’t empowered to make arrests. And banning bad actors, which the library does, is but a Band-Aid solution.

City Hall and the Denver Police Department must step up protection of this valuable resource. While the massive building is no doubt difficult to patrol, its public areas are hardly as welcoming to illegal actors as the above-mentioned outdoor amenities. It’s time for a crackdown, with a visible and undercover police presence in the area around the library, the Denver Art Museum, and, as always, Civic Center.

Hancock’s spokeswoman, Amber Miller, tells us that police will upgrade patrols. Miller rightly notes that the real problem is the dealers and pimps who move among the addicted and the struggling. Police should make them feel completely unwelcome.

A critical point that all of us should keep top-of-mind as officials work to bring order to this situation: The mission of the library and the city is to serve all members of the public. A backlash of negativity would be a regrettable and unhelpful result indeed. The Denver Public Library helps those down on their luck. Its many resources and experts offer those in poverty with the means to improve their education and skills and find jobs. Social workers among the stacks guide those with mental illnesses and addiction to assistance.

That mission isn’t just altruistic, it is also the law. Advocates for the homeless vigorously pursue legal challenges when rights and freedoms are curtailed.

We get it that addressing the problem won’t be easy, and in some ways can never be solved. But making the library safe, for both the downtrodden and the comfortable, is what residents of a great city should expect, and deserve.

(Editor’s note: Editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett, a member of The Denver Post’s editorial board, is married to a Denver Public Library official.)

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This is what happens when you bow down to the Lowest Common Denominator of humanity, who do NOT care about DCL’s “many resources and experts” any more than they care about being clean and sober or practicing good hygiene. The BUMS have NO respect for themselves, NO respect for others, and NO respect for any community they happen to be in at the moment.

And it’s NOT the law! So-called homeless advocates file frivolous lawsuits all the time, and gain NOTHING in the process except the media attention they crave. So, let ’em! The City of Denver has many attorneys on staff drawing salaries, anyway.

There’s a valuable lesson here for the City of Boulder . . .

— MRW 

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council)