A quote for the holidays
From the Los Angeles Times:
“I love the homeless. Unfortunately they’re really interfering with the quality of life.”
–Former Mafia defense lawyer/current Las Vegas Mayor Mayor Oscar Goodman, who once proposed shipping homeless to an abandoned Nevada prison 30 miles outside of Las Vegas
The article added:
In this land of twinkling casinos and quick riches, Las Vegas is struggling to solve – once and for all – its most unglamorous problem. During Goodman’s watch, the city has tried what some say are among the country’s harshest tactics against the homeless, including a short-lived city ordinance that outlawed feeding them in parks. A ban on sleeping within 500 feet of feces was repealed in September, weeks after it was adopted. Last month, Goodman shut down a park after a homeless man stabbed another to death.
“The city is endlessly playing a game of whack-a-mole,” said Lee Rowland, an attorney for the Nevada American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully sued last month to overturn the anti-feeding ordinance. “Anytime a population of homeless people becomes visible, they’ll just shut it down.”
Las Vegas beat out Los Angeles and New York in a recent survey of what cities were meanest to the homeless — Las Vegas is only the fifth meanest to the homeless in the country.
Meanest city to the homeless? Sarasota, Florida.
And remember this statistic:
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Coalition for the Homeless released a report last week that found that up to 42 percent of the nation’s homeless youth identify as lesbian or gay.