You could say it’s good money after bad.
Governor Jerry Brown is approving a half-a-billion dollar give-away to cities and counties so they can clean up their homelessness disasters.
Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento told Capitol Public Radio, “We have homelessness, just, everywhere…Our neighborhoods, our downtowns, our parks, our public places. And so, we know what works. We know we need more emergency shelter beds. And so there is a one-time infusion for that.”
Really? We know what works? Seriously? Judging by the fact that the state is awash with the homeless it’s probably more accurate to say we don’t know what works.
Capitol Public Radio also reports that the budget agreement also includes a proposed November ballot measure that would ask voters to free up $2 billion in previously approved mental health funding to address California’s homelessness crisis. That money is currently locked up in court.
So the half-billion in the budget is just a drop in the bucket. Don’t expect much in the way of results.