A homeless man at an encampment near the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard on Sept. 15, 2022. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

For the last several weeks, Bill Walton, the basketball legend, Grateful Dead fan and avid bicyclist – perhaps San Diego’s most famous resident – has been sending Mayor Todd Gloria emails about the homeless crisis in San Diego.

He’s extremely frustrated.

“you have failed, us and yourself,” he wrote in one, Sept. 2, in a lower-case spoken-word style. He complained of bad personal encounters he had. 

“once again, while peacefully riding my bike early this Sunday morning in Balboa Park, I was threatened, chased, and assaulted by the homeless population, in our Park,” he wrote Aug. 28.

“once again, you’ve done, and continue to do, nothing.”

But the emails are not a big deal because they reveal anything we don’t already know. They’re not a big deal because Walton is famous.

They are a big deal because Walton may be the biggest San Diego booster around. Walton’s career is as a broadcaster and promotor. But his role here, as a citizen, is as the captain of the hype squad for San Diego.

If there’s a cause in San Diego that needs a boost, Walton is almost always ready to help with a testimonial, cut a ribbon or hand out an oversized check. (He’s a current donor to Voice of San Diego and has recorded promotional videos for our fundraising campaigns – though he declined to comment on his correspondence with the mayor.)

His politics are generally in line with Gloria’s. When former Mayor Bob Filner resigned, there were rumors Walton would consider running for mayor. Since then, he’s been a convener of support for the political network that helped Gloria become mayor. Just recently, Walton held a fundraiser for Councilwoman Jen Campbell. He asked her to address homelessness above all to his gathered friends and neighbors.

A homeless man’s shoes at an encampment near the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard on Sept. 15, 2022. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

All this shows Walton is not a gadfly or a persistent critic of Gloria’s. In fact, I could not think of, or find, anything negative Walton has ever said about San Diego or a cause someone was pursuing here or a political leader in town. 

Until now. The mayor has lost him.

“you speak of the rights of the homes, what about our rights, we follow the rules of a functioning society, why are others allowed to disregard those rules,” Walton wrote, Aug. 24. “your lack of action is unacceptable, as is the conduct of the homeless population.”

Walton does not outline what exactly he wants the mayor to do. He mentions a law in Los Angeles recently passed that prohibits encampments near schools. He mentions enforcement he would like to see.

The mayor’s staff sent over a long response meant to convey they got it – “Bill’s frustration over our homelessness crisis is shared by people across our city, including the mayor himself, and in cities across the United States,” wrote Rachel Laing, the director of communications for the mayor.

But, as ever, it’s a very complicated issue and the pandemic made it worse, she said.

“As Voice of San Diego has covered, people living on the streets since the pandemic seem to be in worse straits than ever, with more behavioral health and substance abuse issues than we’ve seen prior to the pandemic. In our efforts to address the neighborhood impacts of homelessness – particularly encampments and the trash and unsanitary conditions that result from them – our crews are finding an increase in hording behaviors and anti-social behavior such as vandalism and unwillingness to put trash in available nearby receptacles,” she wrote. (You can read her full statement here.)

She wrote, though, the city doesn’t have the right to clear all encampments but they’re doing all they legally are allowed to do not only to clean up encampments but to expand shelter and services.

Gloria’s predecessor, Kevin Faulconer, watched homelessness explode into a public health crisis and then acted furiously to contain it but he never suffered significant political consequences. Walton’s emails are an indication that Gloria may be more personally identified with the problem right when anecdotal experience and data show the homeless crisis is worse than ever.

The San Diego Downtown Partnership recently reported that its monthly count of homeless residents had reached an all-time high. Advocates for the homeless told the Union-Tribune they had never seen it this bad.

The politicians know this is first, second and third on the list of issues that worry San Diego voters right now. And Gloria’s embrace of more enforcement and temporary shelters indicate he and his staff have heard the concern. Even the progressive Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, who came into our studio to record a special podcast on the topic, and who often talks about his own unsheltered stint, is supportive of more enforcement, especially focused, though, on people preying on the homeless selling drugs or trafficking them.

He said encampments and the conditions they create can’t be tolerated. 

Dejuan Embry, 52 years old (left), Peter Imperial, 37 years old (center), and Snoopy Green, 47 years old (right), sit on a hill at Balboa Park on Sept. 15, 2022. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

“The laws need to be adhered to. But I want to make sure that we are doing that work in such a way that will actually, again, reduce homelessness – that we’re not just moving folks around – that there’s a plan in place for ensuring that the actions that we take are aligned with best practices to actually reduce the number of people who are experiencing homelessness in our city,” Elo-Rivera told me.

But he’s steadfast that the principal cause of homelessness is the extraordinary, and rising, cost of living in San Diego and just the sight of homelessness is not something from which the city must protect residents.

“I would say our discomfort with someone’s homelessness is something that we kind of need to just wrestle with,” he said. Elo-Rivera said the city is about to deploy a team of experts to attend to the most disruptive people living on the streets to free up other service workers who can help more people find housing. Gloria recently flew to San Jose to stand with Gov. Gavin Newsom as he signed into law a bill that would create CARE Courts, allowing first responders and family members to force people into treatment. Civil rights organizations are highly critical of the move.

“Today marks the day that local governments, like the City and County of San Diego, stand united with the State to say we will no longer turn a blind eye to Californians suffering from severe mental illness. Rather, we will step up and guarantee services to those who need them,” Gloria said in a written statement about the move.

It all probably won’t be enough to assuage Walton.

“you have given our bike paths and Balboa Park in our neighborhood to homeless encampments, and we can no longer use them, and they’re ours, this is unacceptable,” Walton wrote to Gloria.

Correction: The original version of this story was updated with the correct location where Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the CARE Court bill. It was San Jose, not Sacramento.

Scott Lewis

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  1. Make no mistake that I like Bill Walton. I graduated from Clairemont High in 72 and played hoops too! We saw Bill play at Helix and my neighbor Captain Boice knew his family. Bill treated me to lunch at Chueys once in the day. I’ve been to his Balboa Park home several times and he presented me with a beautiful, autographed picture of his NBA career. I asked for his support in many of my campaigns for public office and he shrugged it off saying I had so many vowels in mt Polish name. I wonder who is the real Bill Walton?

          1. It’s a broken record of idiocy by those like you without context, truth and past events. Since 1967, I have been active in local politics notwithstanding 32 years of volunteer and charitable work by way of town councils, planning groups, volunteer lifeguard and more. More money was raised for the nonprofit Miracle Babies than ever by Smiechowski. More money and time raised for the nonprofit Make a Wish 5 k run than anyone. My own group Single Mothers. More cash handouts to the homeless. More free hand outs of French bakery at Arelys. Now! I’ve run at least 19 times for office. Last cycle I recorded in a professional studio my homeless 3-point plan — all professional a viable plan. But voters were hijacked by a group of important and prominent men who funded the top two vote getters via dark money to the tune of nearly 350,000 dollars. ALL DARK MONEY! Look it up as it’s all public information. I received nearly 5% of the vote with pennies on their dollars so obviously it’s not about me. In fact, one seldom understands the truth behind a post via some website unless you are a fool and follow fools which apparently you do! So, SAD so SAD! I will bet you right now in a NY Minute that my life compared to you is one of total giving and I can prove it! STOP being a fool! Smiechowski

    1. http://WWW.modelmayhem.com

      Reputable philanthropists dont include a link to modeling websites with their name. Particularly not when those sites are related to nude modeling. Even less when those sites are used by photographers who are also in the thread.

      This is no good.

  2. Homelessness is a growing epidemic not only in San Diego but in every city in California. The only way to address it is for the State of California to establish a Department of Mental Health.

  3. I am with Bill Walton 100%. it is clear that the city leaders do not wish to actually do anything about the homeless except give excuses for, and redouble their support of, them. They are destroying our communities, but I guess that isn’t important. I would go further and question our leaders efforts with regard to sewers (not fast enough), streets, police, and other basic, fundamental city services. Look to our water supply to see what dedicated public servants can do!

    1. It’s not just the City of San Diego’s problem, it’s every city in the County. This is a County wide problem!

      1. Sorry Em , completely not true.
        Homelessness and vagrants are down in most areas of the country not run by sanctuary leftists.

  4. Wow. Bill Walton wants to complain? Not really newsworthy. Blame the current mayor? Not doing enough?
    There is no affordable housing. REITs, AirBnBs, foreign investment, lack of rent control (without loopholes), greedy people… added with Covid, a recession, low pay, inflation… it all adds up to a homeless problem that WILL keep growing.
    Bill Walton, I think your bike rides will have to wait or be somewhere else while the magical mayor solves an unsolvable homeless issue. You’re going to be waiting a long time for a solution. There is no housing.

    1. Bud, these people don’t work and wouldn’t be able to rent an apartment if it were $10/year. Have you ever even been outside?

  5. Take away … “We are doing all that we can.”

    Why should we “wrestle” with losing our neighborhoods, parks, and city as proposed by one CM ?

    What exactly are the constraints mentioned by the mayoral mouthpiece which prevents enforcing the laws for vagrants ?

    1. Considerable irony in Susie (née Susan) Mournian’s comments about policing “vagrants,” especially considering she was gifted a house in Del Mar in the early 90’s — a testament to the fact that she, like other Californians in their late 70’s are much more a part of the problem these keyboard warriors critique than they care to admit.

      Under Prop 13 Susie paid no taxes on her inheritance (a deeed transfer), not to mention the fact that the yearly taxes she currently pays ($934 PER YEAR) in no way reflect the property’s multi million dollar valuation or the 10k per month rent she collects.

      Famous for saying, “I like being rich,” Susie Mournian’s liberal pretensions, like many Boomers who literally lucked into their wealth through a parent who purchased a home in the 40’s, are, like cover for Ayn Rand / Darwinian beliefs.

      Or, Marie Antoinette with an ocean view.

  6. Bill Walton is 100% right. This is 100% fixable. This crisis was made entirely by social re-engineers who pulled off one of the greatest and most brilliant cons ever. People made it, therefore people can unmake it.

    I think what Bill is really doing is publicly challenging Todd to STOP the optics and the silly narratives, show true courage and REJECT the status quo and these outrageous state policies that made and feed this crisis, and either step up and be that bold truly innovative leader that these times call for, or get out of the way and someone in who will.

  7. If the city is deploying “a team of experts” to deal with the most bothersome vagrants, what can possibly go wrong ?

    All of the push for density in established neighborhoods and near city created Transit Priority Areas has only created more market rate housing and few affordable units. But it has earned politicians the enduring gratitude of those who contribute to campaigns. Cue Midway Rising.

    Talk is cheap with the Mayor, City Council and the city staffers in my opinion.

    The homeless population is increasing, not decreasing, all over the city despite “doing all that we can” attitude from our elected officials.

    1. “Talk is cheap,” Susie (nee Susan Anne Skinner) Mournian declares from her keyboard, and richly ironic given that she’s never held a paying job in her life, and lives off the largesse of California taxpayers who subsidize the $934.00 taxes she pays on a multimillion dollar property she inherited in Del Mar vis a vis a tax free deed transfer. Interestingly, greedy Boomers like Susie – and she’s hardly alone in this – fail to see how their immense privilege and comfort contributes to housing issues. Prop 13 was never meant to underwrite the luxury lifestyles of folks like Boomer Susie, but as with many good intentioned ideas, an effort to keep California seniors in their homes in 1979 has become a way of funding the legacy wealth of hypocrites like Boomer Susie Mournian.

  8. As a D2 SDCC candidate, I had recorded in a professional studio my 3-point plan for solving this scourge on humanity except powerful men who control all of you decided I was unworthy and financed to the tune of nearly $350,000 2 other political hookers. To the idiot who commented on my first post, indeed the idiots are a dime a dozen in San Diego.

        1. I dont know what a double jeopardy card is. Do you mean – brinksmanship? Like a nuclear weapon standoff?

          Im writing really quickly here and am not particularly happy with the editing, but if I were to run for office it would be with the plan:

          cut my term and salary in half.

          and I would take more time to summarize my message succinctly. Even more so if I had ran multiple times.

  9. Thank you Scott Lewis and VofSD for bringing Bill Walton’s perspective and anger with Mayor Gloria to public attention. Many home and business owners in San Diego, and across our county and state share this perspective. This helps me understand the inhumane actions the mayor’s office has been forced to take against our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness across our city. One mayor has a very limited toolkit for addressing a decades long problem of economic instability and housing insecurity and resulting homelessness across our city, county, state, and country. Ending homelessness starts with a home. Without sufficient housing stock to house all San Diegans, who all love our parks and canyons, many have been forced to live in those parks and canyons. Many have been forced to live there for years. Many have had so much violence and suffering forced upon them, in environments where one’s health and well-being suffers from so much pain and lack of sleep, they act solely upon self-preservation, and self-protection. Our San Diego friends and neighbors experiencing the economic destitution of homelessness deserve better. All San Diegans deserve better. And it is a responsibility for all of us as San Diegans to participate in the solutions. Volunteer. Share food and water and blankets. Share a smile and kindness. If you have money, buy a property and house our neighbors who need help. Help our park and street residents get off the streets. A home is the first step for recovery and healing. Disease treatment requires medical intervention. Homelessness treatment requires housing intervention. A tent in a canyon is survival, not a home. Not a choice. It’s survival. Step up and lend a helping hand. Be a part of the solutions. Our mayor needs our help. Our city needs our help. Our most impoverished San Diego neighbors need our HELP!!!

    1. The cost of a home can range from $100 to $1 Million. Get that down to well under $100/SF and it looks similar to a warehouse. Once you do that – you have additional problems with DENSITY; Also, rape (as detailed in East County where they built a refugee looking encampment in response to a rape related article) is also still common in these buildings. Unless you decentralize and keep overall SF down while cutting out all non essential design elements.

      Everyone in this thread is trying to build a box to force other people to deal with this issue, or is trying to get a commitment from someone else to deal with it for them.

      Not good.

      Get Moving.

      You dont need to be a social worker to understand this problem, and your money will not fix it.

  10. Amen Bill. Calling out the guy who was elected to take care of problems like the homeless/street people crisis takes a little nerve from such a well respected high profile San Diego legend like Bill Walton. We live across from Petco Park and deal every day with the garbage and human waste in every corner of the East Village and downtown. Anyone who thinks this squalor is because of the Covid pandemic must also think all these poor souls living on our sidewalks need is an apartment and a job should probably run for mayor. How could you do any worse than this one?
    Pete Powell
    East Village

  11. So what’s the solution? Everyone likes to complain but has no clue on what to do about it. When you are given a clue you say no- like housing density.

    Bill thinks more laws and the cops will fix it. LOL. Have you seen our cops lately? Neither have I. 350 million dollar budget and the only way to see them is tell them there’s a BLM protest downtown and they show up with tanks. Aside from that, a guy with a gun at your door won’t even bother to bring them over. SDPD is absent and useless. If they can’t make a buck of something they won’t be there. Good luck believing they will do ANYTHING to stop or change the housing issues.

  12. The city does not WANT to do anything about it. If they did it would happen. The things that the city WANTS to happen get done very quickly such as bike lanes and bizarre traffic lanes. The homeless issue is 40 years old and none closer to bring solved .

    1. 25 normal people complain there is a drug addict living in a garbage fort near their homes. City removes drug addict and cleans it. 3 people post on twitter screeching, buy 20 brand new tents and hand them out to transients to occupy your sidewalk again.

      Are elected officials cowards? Yes. They know the 25 normal people are right, but those 25 don’t vote in primaries or post on twitter. The 3 nut jobs do.

  13. Do what you have always done, get what you have always gotten. Who makes the most mistakes, why are they still getting funding? Leadership starts with Empowering others. I have tried to reach the Mayor to offer my expertise His office has ignored me. As a previous homeless provider with a highly successful homeless reduction outcome program. I do have decades of experience. You would think Gloria might reach out. Never has…. Scott

  14. But wait! We have bike lanes! Lots of them! C’mon folks, let’s be fair. Bike lanes are far more important than people sleeping on the streets and in the gutters.

  15. This should tell the mayor all he needs to know: When my five year old son sets up a Hot Wheels town and plays cars, he always includes a homeless encampment with trash and broken cars. The simple fact is many of these people—not all, to be sure—are unwilling or unable (from a mental standpoint) to function within the respectable norms of society. I know somebody who is homeless by choice but can manage to volunteer and get himself respectable for Comic-Con week…after that, he’s back to the streets. For a few weeks, there was a homeless encampment on the 805 with a WHITE PICKET FENCE around it. We are enabling this behavior as a society—that’s the truth.

  16. I worry about Council President Elo-Rivera’s framing that “our discomfort with someone’s homelessness is something that we kind of need to just wrestle with.” What is he suggesting, exactly? It seems to me that he is suggesting that people just need to get used to seeing homelessness, to resign ourselves to the immense human suffering of it. But that is a big part of why homelessness has become so bad, that San Diegans have grown numb to it. We ignore it and make various partisan excuses for it. But whatever you think the reasons might be for someone experiencing homelessness–drug addiction, scarce housing, mental illness, etc–clearly it is a problem worth being discomforted by! What we are witnessing is immense human suffering after all. “Discomfort” is exactly what we should feel. To suggest otherwise is strange if not outright immoral.

  17. The easy (and not easy) answer is to reduce density. This solves all problems in urban areas and forces individuals to learn self reliance.

    To do so – faster human powered transport, bigger wheels, better printed maps showing alternate water / food sources away from current high density areas, and access to areas where food can be found.

    After multiplr calls to 211 and various other resources for these people I have found that the groups who are supposed to be helping them are not doing these things or are not willing to tell me they are.

    The real issue: Power. These homeless people are used as some kind of homeless political army to swing votes and policy.

    Pretty disgusting really, and neither Gloria or Walton have an outstanding track record of technical solutions or good economics. Both are spend thrifts who pander to popular culture amd who have made themselves a great deal of money by watering their core down to feed that pop culture.

    Decrease density. Increase Mobility. Teach them to fish, hunt, gather. Move resources to fringe. Stop the low income housing projects at the city center unless they are combined with mixed use and entry level jobs.

    This is basic urban planning, epidemiology, small business, public administration, philanthropy/ non profit work.

    Do it, many of you are already being paid to. Enough with the conflicting laws, enough bogus policy, enough superheroing from the sidelines, enough of your homeless political army.

  18. I have no idea who Bill Walton is but I do know the homeless are mostly mentally ill people with no where to go. I have had my attack issues as well. In this SAD society we all need to protect ourselves since the government won’t enforce the laws or help us with this problem for people following the rules and struggling ourselves to make it.

    1. Discerning between which are mentally ill and which are rampant drug users is not possible. Both are the case.

      Step 1 for the street – get good at camping, leave a clean campsite, stay on the move, identify water and food sources in multiple locations. Do not stagnate.

      Our society is sad in many ways which were ingrained largely during the Great Depression and WW2 when we were brought down to a more common denominator and which are systemic because of our economy and culture now – professional sports and career bureacrats included (Walton & Gloria.) Regardless a hand up is more important than a hand out as well.

      Otherwise we are all fruit, and no tree.

      Rules / Laws cannot conflict with themselves and must be upheld within society. Creating more rules and policies does not resolve this problem, it inflates it while wasting a great deal of time and money developing and implementing said rules.

      The real problem occurs when individuals refuse to take responsibility for who they actually are, and what they truly believe in while working to spread that core. Everyone wants to do good and then run away from themselves or pretends to be someone else instead of rooting.

  19. Everyone here knows the story.

    Can you teach them? Will they learn? Does more money solve the problem or make it worse? How can you make money and get what you want from the issue?

    Life lessons from those who are waiting to cash in.

    Sometimes – you let things die. Other times, you get them moving.

    When I was severely depressed after working corporate and on a trip to Vegas to learn about modular construction a taxi cab driver outside of old vegas next to Tony Shieh’s container mall told me – “you gotta keep moving man.” He was right, start there. Wiggle your big toe, move your leg, and then start moving your gear – but get moving.

    Took 3 years to start to make sense of the world again, and I was dead sober for the vast majority of it.

    Florida is nice, dont knock it. The mangroves are truly special and the birds are beautiful. Lizards are probably good eating as well, I would like to try some although they are also becoming plentiful in San Diego for some reason, I see the baby ones by the hundreds. But that is not necessary. Stop the drugs and alcohol, cut the free money – get moving. Might end up back in the same physical location, but you will learn a great deal as well and something will open up.

    1. Those 3 years were puncuated by extreme paranoia starting with a belief thay the red dot from a solar flare in the photos around that container complex was actually someone following me with a laser pointer. That was the beginning of 3 years of paranoia related to people and a fear of going outside or talking to people diagnosed by a number of things by multiple doctors.

      In the end, I just needed to get moving. And to lay off the weed I had smoked in order to sleep and calm my IBS from coffee after 80 hour weeks for close to 10 years.

      Get Moving. It helps. Start by walking the block, then bigger and bigger circles or just more of them. Dont let them call you crazy, the are the crazy ones – society is not built in an ethical manner and no one deserves to say they are better than anyone else.

      Just look at the aircraft carriers in the dock, they arent even strategically relavent militarily and we spend Billions on them.

      Trust in yourself.

      Also – a 5 gallon bucket or a dry bag are good investments. For carrying stuff and washing clothes to start. Get out of the camp – it is full of fleas and disease. Eventually your legs get bitten and will get infected.

      Look to the people who are ALREADY DOING IT. Learn from them. Cool photo.

      1. PS Gavin Newsom is an @$$hole who destroyed our economy.

        Im just an @$$hole who tries to build and fix things.

  20. Why would those capable of working toil only to give all of their money to someone else? Try some rent control and capping foreign and investment ownership when owner occupancy falls below agreed upon level. All normal working people are cannot find affordable housing.
    Seems like people on this thread have no clue what rents and incomes of real people are. Guessing there are greedy landlords here that are charging “market rate” while at the same time complaining about homelessness.
    There is a place in hell for you.

    1. Oh sweetie… When you grow up and move out of mommy’s house and get on your own calling plan, then you can whine about landlords and greed and whatever it is you don’t have.

  21. The high rent is driven by high taxes and implementing rent control makes it worse.

    Adding legislation creates more middlemen that drive rent even higher over the long run.

    There is not a convenient answer for this problem, or any other that we discuss within politics. Regardless, Legislation = hiring lawyers and giving them blank checks to solve our problems.

    That is what most of them are, and that is how they function.

  22. I am very sorry that all of us have built this society for each-other with these conflicting laws that force waste and how literally impossible it is to live by all of them. The power structure forces it and it is undoubtedly reaching corruption levels the size of Rome.

    If you have to live at home in order to build up a reserve to get out or to jumpstart a narrower path – good for you. You dont have to hide from that, I have done both (and others) and most people have.

    Going straight to work for those who support the structure of society and who vote to strengthen it is part of the problem.

    Consider this: no additional legilation whatsoever, and only vote for those who believe in cutting their own terms and salaries in half.

    Also – San Diego wouldnt exist without the Navy, especially the bay – but the carrier design is very dead. Ask the Navy. Has been for decades.

    If you do make it to the periphery – invest in secure storage – 55 gallon lockable drum, or shipping container, or metal dumpster etc. Consider burying it. 3L soda bottles also hold a good amount of rice/beans/water.

    Yes, this is a harder way – clean your campsite, get a bucket (or many), camouflage.

    Do not vote for those who will give you things, it will make it worse- it already has. The numbers in the camps increase, the waste increases. Look back at history in addition to looking forward.

    Get Moving.

  23. Option – drill an aluminum block for bolts and the axle of whatever wheels are big enough and available. Probably Bike Wheels. Attach the aluminum block to a pole frame – lawn chair, shopping cart, etc. Attach the wheels. Ideally you can sleep on the frame while extended to maintain body heat. Add a hitch to a bicycle, you now have a bicycle trailer and a mobile cot.

    Extend the axle between two bike wheels or tighten the bolts very tight as the aluminum block will twist.

    One man did this with duct tape, and placed his tent on top. Instant mobile tent and trailer.

    No, I dont know what I am doing. I am not homeless. Maybe Mr Dead Head has a better manual. Or a Burner, although neither group ever showed me one besides the whole earth catalogue, not super useful for this btw.

    Best tools: drill, pliars, crescent wrench, hammer.

  24. The solution to the “homeless” problem requires concurrent action on multiple fronts:
    -Creation of lodging that is a Psychological Informed Environment
    -Legal action to overcome the ACLU’s obstructionist behavior – It’s time to test the state’s interest in balancing public health with conservatorship
    -Creating a service organization that provides counseling and nursing
    -Establishing a supply chain that ensures food, medicine, and clothing are where they are needed
    -Stop calling it “homelessness” and start acknowledging that there are multiple causes that make it impossible for some folks to get off the streets

    Most of all, solving San Diego’s dire mental health crisis requires an organized effort that Mayor Gloria has not yet done.

  25. Bill Walton is clearly spot on. Todd Gloria continues to strike out. Not just the homeless. How many craters in the road on the way to work do we have to endure? Todd Gloria is turning San Diego into another Tijuana.

  26. All of the Democrats in power right have had the worst influence on housing costs. They believe supply of housing is the only factor of affordability. They then gave away 1 out of every 100 homes in San Diego via legalizing short term vacation rentals. They refuse to do anything to cool the demand. Real estate investment trusts and foreign investors are free to buy anything they want with their huge cash reserves that ordinary citizens can’t. Victoria in Canada, New Zealand, and other places where politicians actually care about their citizens have cut a lot of these investors out and are doing much better now. Meanwhile these Democrats only worry about getting votes from construction unions.

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