Saturday, June 14, 2008


SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE Sheriff's deputies converged on several homeless camps in Spring Valley, warning people to leave or be arrested. The primary target of Operation Clean Sweep was a swath of land - referred to as Bamboo City by deputies - off Quarry Road near the Spring Valley Swap Meet. Authorities believe as many as 30 people live there in tents and ramshackle shelters about 20 yards from homes.

"I think that you all know that you're trespassing," Sgt. Marco Garmo told the dozen men and women found there yesterday. "I can't give you a time frame for when we'll be back. . . . We want to give you the opportunity to get all your personal belongings and leave."

Walter Sanford, executive director of the regional task force on the homeless, said 101 homeless people were counted in Spring Valley during a one-day survey conducted in January. Only seven were counted in 2006. Countywide, 3,856 homeless people were counted last year, compared with 3,033 in 2006.

Living in a camp gives homeless people a feeling of safety they can't find sleeping on the street, said Sanford from the homeless task force. "In these bushes, you have the illusion of privacy," he said. "On Broadway, you're open and vulnerable."


At June 17, 2008 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every lion cub to this day is born with its birthright to a place to put its feet still intact.

Not so for the humans, now that all land is owned. Society has, in the zenith of its stupidity, decided to strip this most basic birthright off everyone, despite its inarguable essentiality to being able to live at all, and to do so without even providing ourselves a dime's compensation.

Quote Winston Churchill: "Land Monopoly is not the only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies - it is perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly."

The restrictive monopoly of land is THE fundamental source of power for the State and monopoly Capitalist alike.

Maybe we ARE too stupid to live??

We have brains, but we sure do a good job of keeping them away from our reality.

At June 18, 2008 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree with your overall point, the lion comment is a bit naive. The humans who "own" all the land have made the cub's "birthright" an uninhabitable wasteland.


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