“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” They are the words of the utopian poem written by Emma Lazarus as I witness an endless river of “arrivals” carrying their life with them in a few suitcases. It’s a modern day Ellis Island, right in my back yard (and front yard, and side yard).
“So as winter approaches, there is no significant relief in sight for the homeless, despite all the state tax dollars being spent and a new state law exempting proposed developments to house the homeless from environmental reviews until 2025,” writes Tom Elias in his latest column.
“So why not earmark some of the state’s current $21 billion budget surplus for building new housing where land is cheap, fees low and regulations minimal? That would be the Central Valley and some desert areas of Southern California,” writes Tom Elias in his latest California Focus column.