Tom Houchen, the District 5 representative on the Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission, posted this on Facebook a few hours ago:
This reckless suggestion is the response of Houchen (and apparently other homeless “advocates”) to the County of Orange’s announced intention to actually require the homeless campers living on the Santa Ana River Trail to obey the law like everyone else. Houchen makes a throwaway concern for “the safety of concerned residents” at the end of the comment, but its abundantly clear that the safety of residents is a low priority for the homeless advocates. When push comes to shove, they always come down on the side of accommodating the homeless encampments at the expense of residents and businesses which are increasingly impacted by the crime, vandalism and drug use emanating from the SART encampments.
Houchen’s proposal to bus the homeless into the Resort Area is a totally crackpot idea. Even if it’s tongue in cheek , it reveals a contempt for the great silent majority of residents who object to subordinating the safety of their neighborhoods to the priorities of the homeless advocates. Houchen’s views certainly run counter to those of the vast majority of District 5 residents.
Not that we should be surprised to hear it. Houchen’s fellow advocate Mike Robbins has compared to Nazis and David Duke those Anaheim residents who object to the advocates’ brand of untethered, tunnel-vision compassion. And of course, both of these gentlemen are on Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s Homeless Policy Working Group – which certainly doesn’t inspire confidence Moreno’s endeavor will generate recommendations that are based in a common sense or an apprehension of reality.