NOTHING TO DO WITH
SOCAL’S SIGALERT OR JUNE GLOOM
Sigalert and June Gloom are part of SoCal’s current DNA. They are local nuisances. Lately, together with the “The Industry” problems, they become a larger impediment to the state. Coupled with the endemic homeless crisis with soaring numbers in Los Angeles, even SoCal is paralyzed to a certain degree. Considering SoCal makes up two thirds the population and wealth of the Golden State, the ripple effect becomes clear. America has a California problem and it is rapidly growing. According to Conservatives but also Republicans and some Democrats alike, it is also already out of control.
California is the wealthiest and most populous state in the Union. If the economy roars, America grows. It makes up 15 percent of the GDP of the superpower. As a result, homeless & The Industry related problems in the state manifest a growing burden for America.
The Industry, Hollywood to you and me, is one of the pillars that made what California has been. Alas, since 1992, the trifecta control of the state in the hands of one political party broke down the economy. Democrats, the Globalists, made it more and more autocratic, and not manageable.
As a result, after three decades, California is not growing as fast and has nearly two trillion dollar debt like no other state in the Union. Neither turning the economy around or eliminating debt is feasible in the short term. Hence, the homeless crisis, coupled with Sigalert and June Gloom make California an insoluble American problem.
America Has A California Problem
It Is Called: Homeless Crisis
When it comes to the homeless crisis in the state, Californians take a hike. They take the first exit and leave the problem behind for someone else to deal with. That is why in the post Covid-19 era, there are probably more than two hundred thousand homeless in greater Los Angeles alone. Yet, Californians continue their lives as if the homeless crisis does not exist. They simply avoid homeless tents from their eyesight.
The city government periodically moves homeless people from one area to another. For example, when an enormous number of homeless tents become an unsightly scene along highways, eyeballs bring public pressure on elected officials. Hence, they remove them where there is less traffic where they are less noticeable. When a community reacts to it eventually, they are moved yet again to another part of LA county.
My Education in Palm Springs
I came face to face with the homeless crisis in southern California when I ran for mayor in Palm Springs. One of the issues for the voters was what to do with the homeless population. My leading opponent among seven Democrats claimed that she was dealing with this problem for the past ten years. Yet, the problem exacerbated each one of those years she was one of the council members.
All the while, I got a crash course about it to really understand what the problem was and what to do about it. I first found out that there are mainly five types of homeless citizens. One is a veteran. The other is youth that ran away from home. Third are mentally ill people. Fourth are the victims of the economic conditions. Fifth is an LGBT problem, exacerbated with Aids and living in a closet society.
The logic says each one requires a resolve and solution. Moreover, each is a fundamental societal issue, unique to America. Hence, the approach to deal with them deserves investment on people and their needs and requirements. Furthermore, I found out that none of these homeless victims are receiving any necessary help to address their unique problems.
Shipping Homeless Away
One of my opponents in the campaign answered the question succinctly when he was posed how he would resolve it. He said that he will buy a one way ticket for all the homeless in Palm Springs, so that they can go to San Diego. He got a big laugh from the audience.
Concurrently, as soon as our election was over, Palm Springs city council found the solution. You guessed it. The undesirable northern edge of the town over the interstate highway became the designated area for our homeless people. Since this was Palm Springs, the arrangements were also unique.
After all, Palm Springs has always been the city of Hollywood stars, where main boulevards and streets carry the world’s most famous stars’ names. So, homeless “residents” of this great city received “invitation” to North Palm Sprigs “to enjoy” the approriate accomodations created just for them.
To do the job, the city also created a touristic looking bus service for them. In other words, nowadays, homeless people in Palm Springs began commuting back to downtown in the mornings to enjoy the city until early evening hours in dignity.
The buses are so colorful that everyone is welcomed. Many residents along the route with no private means also take advantage of the pleasant ride. The fact these buses do not have windows that allow who is riding them from outside is another important feature to note. So no one knows who is riding them.
What an ingenious way to protect privacy in this day and age! Glamour and privacy hand in hand in harmony. Only in a Hollywood city like Palm Springs!
Lesson To Take Home
As A Current Day Politician
I also learned that homeless problems are deep rooted and unique to American society. Resolving them requires extensive work. However, they have always been risky for politicians. Consequently, the best way to deal with them is automatic. Just send the homeless away! Prevent them from becoming an eyesoar! Take a hike or take the first exit when the problem finds you, like any smart Californian would do during a Sigalert.
America Has Another California Problem
It Is Called: The Industry
Unfortunately, no one is aware of this problem either in California. Californians, most likely, believe that The Industry problem is no more than a June Gloom syndrome. The Industry will surely be back in their mind, and very soon.
Bestowed with such sunrises and sunsets in this Golden State, it is hard for a lot of people to delve much into California’s problems. Even less, when it comes to what is transpiring overseas.
For example, I wonder what percent of the forty million in California is aware of Europe being the other detrimental problem of America today? Surely not many may have even heard of Europe, never mind a European problem.
Unfortunately, some in California are bewilderingly out of touch. World geography is not their forte. As a result, most probably bet that the dark clouds over The Industry will soon faze out like the June Gloom does every morning.
In that respect, it is not even wise to bother anyone in California with such farfetched details. For instance, why is the growth rate of film industries in China, Japan, India, Nigeria, S. Africa, and Turkiye are bigger than California?
In other words, they would not understand what exactly does a Turkish television series episode selling five times the price of a Made in America series would have anything to do with their lives?
Glimmer of Hope
Even if it is not for America
At Least for California
Nevertheless, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for California. With ever increasing Sigalert, June Gloom, and The Industry problems, some of the homeless population may call it quits. Homless population may just pack up and leave California for a better sunshine state in the southern rim.
After all, the Skid Row, reportedly with nearly eight thousand homeless people, is getting a little crowded. The quality of life, there too, is no longer what it used to be, for the poorest of the poor. Surely, in the vast stretches of America, there must be better alternatives.
However, does that resolve America’s California problem? No! Homeless Crisis is one of many California’s hopeless problems. If America cannot even handle a “homeless problem,” how is it expected to take care of two gigantic problems like California and Europe?