|Robert Aguirre, a resident at the Silicon Valley homeless |
encampment known as The Jungle, shows a notice asking
him to move.
Liberal San Jose Attacks The Homeless
- The super wealthy liberal Democrat city of San Jose is going out of their way to destroy the homes of the homeless just in time for Christmas.
- Naturally the "compassionate" liberals of San Jose couldn't give a crap where the homeless go. Let them die is a ditch.
- Solution - Why not have the city install a few dumpsters and porta-potties on this empty land. Let the homeless build homes with the help of volunteers so they are no longer homeless. But I am just a "crazy" Blogger. What do I know?
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Associated Press) — Police and social-service workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of wealthy Silicon Valley.
Authorities have been trying for years to resolve problems at the camp known as the Jungle, including violence and unsanitary conditions.
Al Palaces, a former truck driver who moved in about eight months ago, was among those ordered out before dawn.
"I just grabbed whatever I could because I don't want to go to jail," he said, standing next to an overloaded shopping cart stuffed with muddy plastic bags.
On Monday, people living in the camp were given until Thursday to leave or face arrest for trespassing. By Thursday morning, about 60 people were left at the muddy, garbage-strewn site.
|Jesus would want this.|
To honor Jesus and Christmas, the wealthy liberal Democrat city of San Jose is going to destroy the homes of the homeless making them even more poor and homeless than they were before. . . . all just in time for the Holidays.
Nancy Ortega sobbed as she watched tractors load garbage into trash trucks. Then a passing motorist shouted at those who had just been evicted.
"People drive by and look at us like we're circus animals," she said.
Many people had trouble dragging their belongings out of the camp through ankle-deep mud.
"It's junk to everyone else. But to us, these are our homes," said Ortega, who said she had been in and out of jail and struggled with addiction and mental illness.
By midmorning, dozens had been moved out, but some still remained.
Valentine Cortes, who said he was a journeyman construction worker, had no plans to leave his makeshift shelter built into a steep, muddy slope.
"I don't know why people got all chaotic today," he said. "We don't have to go."
Asked about the warning that anyone who stays could be jailed, he shrugged and said, "Then I guess I'll be arrested."
Animals also roamed the square-mile camp, some of them pets and others wild. Rats could be seen running through the muck.
A few dozen protesters gathered at the site holding signs reading "Homeless people matter" and "Stand with The Jungle." No arrests were reported.
The encampment stands in stark contrast to the surrounding valley, a region that leads the country in job growth, income and venture capital.
Palaces said he liked the Jungle better than the streets because people would bring food but not bother the residents.
"Even a job wouldn't give me a house" because housing prices are so high, he said.
With the camp cleared, officials planned to try to find shelter for the night for people connected with social services.
|A house covered in wrapping paper with a cardboard chimney |
is seen at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment
known as "The Jungle".
|A resident peeks out from inside a trailer after receiving an order |
to move at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment
known as The Jungle.
|Police officers and city officials hand out warning notices at a |
Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle.