I just learned that SDPD transferred Captain Ball from Central Division. I wonder if the replacement will be proactive and have community meetings.

Below is a copy of the e-mail I just sent out. The homeless situation needs to be addressed NOW.

"So, as an 11 year resident of downtown San Diego, what are my rights? I live at 9th & F, facing west. The homeless now occupy sidewalks in the area of 8th, Broadway, 9th, 10th, E, F, & G.

In the past few months I have been accosted, badgered about not giving them money, followed, awakened at all hours by loud arguments, called all sorts of names when they assume there is food in a bag I am carrying, all by this "new crop" of homeless.

Tonight there has been arguing for several hours. There was a police car that stopped a little while ago and talked to the woman who was doing most of the loud arguing. She just started up again & I continue to get angry.

This has become a big issue and it greatly affects the RESIDENTS (those of us who pay rent or mortgages). I used to have no problems walking around here day or night. Now, I am just plain afraid. It isn't right.

Something needs to be done, NOW. Not 4 years from now (Mr. Faulconer said it would be that long to build a permanent shelter.)

PLEASE, take some action, do something.

I'll be waiting to hear from you.

<p>Auntsandiegospeaks@cox.net">

Here is some information from various sources:

If fall fruit held a 'most doused in pesticides' contest, Apples would win.

Food manufacturers think you're stupid and their marketing strategies rely on it.

Scallops are a great source of magnesium & potassium.

Celery (reputed to be all crunch & no nutrition) contains stealth nutrients that heal.

Microwave popcorn bags contain PFOA, a detergent-like material that has been proven to cause cancer in rats & there is some worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts shown to cause cancer. The best part is that the EPA accepted a voluntary agreement by the manufacturers to phase out use of PFOA by 2015. By then millions more bags of popcorn will be sold. I know I am happy to have the EPA protecting us, aren't you?

From Dilbert: "If I do less of those things it will reduce the quality of my life below the point at which good hygiene has any utility." This should be followed by the befuddled look of the AFLAC duck!!

So long

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Burwell Oct. 22, 2009 @ 10:55 p.m.

Homelessness should be prosecuted as a crime against society and the homeless should be incarcerated to protect society. The chronic homeless need to be rounded up across the country and placed in labor camps run by the US government. The homeless need to be deprived of their liberties to restore their mental and physical health by purging them of the drugs and alcohol that consumes them. Factories should be built at the camps to provide the homeless with gainful employment and to allow them to reimburse the government for the cost of their incarceration. The homeless could manufacture products for welfare recipients, such as eyeglass frames, toothbrushes, shoes, clothing, medical supplies, etc. They could also provide labor to manufacture military uniforms, boots, etc. It's totally insane to allow these vagrants to roam the streets at will, wearing filthy clothes, sleeping on cardboard, etc. A society that allows this to continue has no conscience.

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PistolPete Oct. 22, 2009 @ 11:31 p.m.

Hey Colonel Klink? Are YOU going to help pay for this brilliant idea with YOUR hard earned wages through higher taxes? Didn't think so.

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cre0 Oct. 23, 2009 @ 10:02 a.m.

To auntsandiegospeaks: I am actually a neighbor of yours. I was also angered by the drunk woman who was arguing loudly. I was angrier when SDPD showed up and knew her by name, they talked to her about moving on somewhere else then left. As soon as they left, she started her shenanigans again. Thank goodness, after 30 more minutes of the nonsense she grabbed her belongings and trodded down the street muttering to herself.
You see, I am homeless too. Me and my fiancee are also constantly badgered about giving 50 cents or $1. We have to constantly remind them that we are homeless too. Being homeless is not something we want to be, its just that we fell upon some very hard times in July and ended on the streets. We do NOT drink alcohol or do drugs. We are FT students. I am maintaining a 4.0 GPA with perfect attendance. We are not the chronic homeless, I see everyday. They choose to be on the sidewalk. We take showers everyday and do not wear filthy clothes, nor do we beg for money. I can certainly understand your anger at being a rent paying resident who when you look out your window and all you see is "the eyesore" of downtown San Diego. Please understand, not all of us are loud, filthy, drunk or on drugs, or even mentally challenged. There are 6 of us, including my fiancee and myself who don't ever get loud. We pick up and clean up after ourselves. We use the restrooms "port-o-potty" on C street by the Jack In The Box and not the sidewalks or streets for urinating. We help each other out the best way we can. My fiancee looks out for us ladies because he is the only male in this group of 6. The ladies are very beautiful, thoughtful, caring women who lost their jobs. One of these ladies is elderly and so sweet. It breaks my heart to know that Burwell isn't the only person who feels that the "Homeless should be prosecuted as a crime against society and that the homeless should be incarcerated to protect society". We are human, actually "The apple of God's eye", the same as you. We are just going through some very difficult times. I will graduate in February 2010, with the hopes of gaining employment, so I can utilize my educational skills in a successful work environment. Most importantly, get off these streets. My going through this has only made me stronger as a person. It made me realize that becoming homeless can happen to anyone. Some people are just 1 paycheck away from being homeless. For me this is a minor setback for a major comeback. It will be greater later. When I go to sleep, I will pray for peace in our downtown neighborhood.

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Burwell Oct. 23, 2009 @ 8:11 p.m.

We are FT students. I am maintaining a 4.0 GPA with perfect attendance. We are not the chronic homeless, I see everyday. They choose to be on the sidewalk.

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You should get off your lazy asses and join the army or the marines. Pay your dues and earn your education with the GI Bill. You should not be permitted to live on the streets.

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David Dodd Oct. 23, 2009 @ 8:29 p.m.

"You should get off your lazy asses and join the army or the marines."

Right, because we need to kill more people overseas and learn less at home.

"Pay your dues and earn your education with the GI Bill."

My taxes go to pay that Bill. I've got a better idea, Burwell, why don't YOU foot their GI Bills? Let me get this straight: Send them all overseas to kill people for no apparent reason other than the people getting killed really don't want U.S. soldiers in their country, then bring what's back of the soldiers home, and put them all through school...

Burwell, do everyone a favor and NEVER RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.

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Russ Lewis Oct. 23, 2009 @ 10:06 p.m.

What Burwell needs is a talk radio show.

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antigeekess Oct. 23, 2009 @ 10:14 p.m.

creO, what an eloquent post. I'm assuming that your story is genuine. If it is, I'm so sorry that you find yourself in this situation. I also don't understand why you wouldn't be able to qualify for full financial aid, including housing.

I'm going to check for any blogs from you, and hope that you post more. You may be the most interesting blogger on this site. I'd be very curious as to what a typical day and night consists of for you.

Good luck to you.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 24, 2009 @ 7:59 a.m.

What Burwell needs is a talk radio show.

By russl

B should team up with Rush-that would be an unbeatable combo in talk radio.

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Burwell Oct. 24, 2009 @ 11:23 a.m.

I'm assuming that your story is genuine. If it is, I'm so sorry that you find yourself in this situation. I also don't understand why you wouldn't be able to qualify for full financial aid, including housing.

These lumpenproletariat class members are probably committing welfare fraud. As you may be aware, it is illegal for college students to collect welfare benefits from the county. Were it legal, most students at SDSU would simply quit their part-time minimum wage jobs and go on welfare so they could attend school full-time. Most of you on these boards are as dumb as dirt, cannot read between the lines, and have no idea how things operate.

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Russ Lewis Oct. 24, 2009 @ 11:41 a.m.

"Most of you on these boards are as dumb as dirt, cannot read between the lines, and have no idea how things operate." Thanks for bringing us enlightenment.

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CuddleFish Oct. 24, 2009 @ 11:49 a.m.

Burwell for King of the World!!!

"Enlightenment of the Lumpen!"

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Russ Lewis Oct. 24, 2009 @ 12:11 p.m.

"You should get off your lazy asses and join the army or the marines." From what I hear, Burwell, the economy has reached such a s***hole state that so many people are doing this that the military now has to turn people away. But now you propose that all homeless people join the military. OK, let's open a new branch of the military to accommodate the overflow. Let's think of a name. Anyone? Anyone? Burwell?

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SDaniels Oct. 24, 2009 @ 6:59 p.m.

"These lumpenproletariat class members..."

Heil! Herr Burwell earns a well-deserved troll spray! You should be proud of your hard work, Burwell, but it does seem that your final solutions are getting a bit repetitive.

After all, you had the same idea for people who go to bars or drink alcohol in public places. Wait--were drinkers to enroll in work camps, or just the death march and then summary execution? I forget. You should also outline your theory of the American classes more clearly for us. I have my notebook and pen all ready to take notes, Herr Doktor Burwell. :)

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Burwell Oct. 24, 2009 @ 9:53 p.m.

After all, you had the same idea for people who go to bars or drink alcohol in public places. Wait--were drinkers to enroll in work camps, or just the death march and then summary execution? By SDaniels =========== I never made any such comment. I stated that I was in favor of the alcohol ban at the beach, and wanted the police to vigorously enforce the ban. I never advocated summary execution of the homeless. I advocated rounding them up and placing them in camps where they can live with dignity in a controlled environment, free from drugs and alcohol. This would occur after a hearing in a court of law with due process. You would have them continue to live on the streets in filth and squalor because you have no conscience. I also advocate rounding them up because it is cheaper than the current arrangement. Many of the "homeless" earn more in government benefits from their claimed disabilities than many of you earn by working. You also fail to address the issue of whether CreO is illegally using welfare benefits to fund a college education that many others work 40 hours a week to pay for. I am sure many SDSU students could earn 4.0 GPAs if they quit their 40 hour a week job and went on welfare to study full time.

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antigeekess Oct. 25, 2009 @ 12:21 a.m.

I have a tip for you Burwell, since you have such a big heart and are so concerned about the welfare of the homeless.

Go to the Dollar Store. Get yourself a box of 1-qt. freezer bags. Then, get some kind of little breakfast bars, cheese and crackers, and some of those little chicken/tuna salad kits. Make sure to pick up some bottled water, too.

Then, when you get home, take the food items you bought and put them in the quart-size freezer bags. Then, get yourself some pieces of paper or little cards, and write the names and phone numbers of all the charitable organizations in San Diego (if you're really in San Diego at all, that is), and put those in the bags with the food. Or, you could just print out a copy of this Wiki page for each bag:

http://sandiegowiki.discoversd.com/wiki/San_Diego_Shelters_and_Homeless_Assistance

Then, keep a bag and a bottle of water in your glove compartment at all times. When you see one of these folks standing on the corner, you can hand off the bag like passing a football, without even stopping.

A few days ago, I saw one of these guys near where I live. I was on my way to class. Actually sat right beside him on my bike, while I waited for a crosswalk signal. He didn't ask me for anything. He was focused on the cars.

Today, he was about 7 miles up the road, at an entrance to a shopping center near where I work. And today, he was lucky. I was in my car.

So today, he got a bag containing a 3-piece chicken dinner, along with the freezer bag of snacks, phone numbers, and a bottle of water. Oh, and a couple of bucks to make sure they have some money for phone calls. I hide that in there, too.

The only reason I mention this is that I know that it will warm your heart, Burwell! Doesn't that make you HAPPPPEEEEEEE???

I just knew it would. :)

Nazi putz.

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CuddleFish Oct. 25, 2009 @ 6:30 a.m.

Oooh dang AG, you go girl!!!!!!!! xxxxxx

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Burwell Oct. 25, 2009 @ 9:35 a.m.

Then, keep a bag and a bottle of water in your glove compartment at all times. When you see one of these folks standing on the corner, you can hand off the bag like passing a football, without even stopping.

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The homeless receive up to $2,200 per month in Social Security disability payments and matching state disability payments. It They certainly do not need your Dollar Store handouts to survive. They choose to spend our tax dollars on drugs and alcohol, and then beg for handouts because they blew the money on crap. What the homeless need is military discipline and regimentation in their lives. They need to be told when to get up in the morning, when to go to sleep, when to brush their teeth, and when to eat. They need to be forced to perform at least 8 to 10 hours of physical work per day, 6 days per week, in order to leach the drugs and alcohol out of their systems. The constant monitoring and supervision the homeless require can only be provided with the confines of a government run facility. It is inhumane to allow the homeless to remain on the streets living in degradation.

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Russ Lewis Oct. 25, 2009 @ 12:19 p.m.

So then are we adding a new branch to the military or expanding the existing ones? Would that $2,200 per person per month pay for that military buildup, by your calculations? And just out of curiosity, has this been attempted anywhere else before? Help me out here. I'm as dumb as dirt and have no idea how things operate.

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CuddleFish Oct. 25, 2009 @ 1:45 p.m.

The whole thing is a joke, of course. My understanding is a lot of the homeless are mentally ill (the reason they self-medicate with alcohol and drugs in the first place). Even if they tried to enlist in the military, they would probably be washed out due to their disabilities. By the way, my understanding is that many of the homeless are military veterans suffering from PTSD; are you suggesting they re-enlist? Okay, guess they haven't suffered enough.

I'm thinking of changing my avatar to DumbAsDirt. Or Lumpen. Clearly, I'm not smart enough to grasp the genius of Burwell's vision.

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Russ Lewis Oct. 25, 2009 @ 2:27 p.m.

Actually, Fish, you make a good point, sort of. I admit that I've been taking Burwell's statements at face value when perhaps he's been making a "modest proposal" all this time that he doesn't really mean. Either seems plausible enough to me. Mr. Burwell, if you would, please settle the matter.

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SDaniels Oct. 25, 2009 @ 2:51 p.m.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2009/apr/29/lets-toast-banning-booze/#

  1. People who consume alcohol, in any quantity, are total filth. Drinking alcohol is scummy, sleazy recreation for the low income loser and non-achiever. I support the alcohol ban and believe the Police should start aggressively harassing patrons of bars and restaurants who drink. Police should be stationed outside of bars and restaurants to administer field sobriety tests to patrons as they leave. Patrons who cannot pass the test should be arrested for public intoxication. The bars and restaurants that serve alcohol should be targed by the police and patrons harassed until these establishments are forced to close. By Burwell 5:24 p.m., Jun 3, 2009 > Report it

  2. In the 1960s the Police had the Boardwalk firmly under control, and ruled it with an iron fist. Every weekend a San Diego Transit Bus would be dispatched to Pacific Beach. The police would form teams and walk up and down the Boardwalk beating and clubbing undesirables, who would be cuffed, arrested, and hauled off to jail in the city bus. Many were charged with fictitious crimes and prosecuted merely to remove them from the area. Sometimes the police filled as many as 5 buses with arrestees in a single day. The arrestees were warned not to return to the Boardwalk, ever, or the police would arrest them again and beat them senseless. By Burwell 5:45 p.m., Jun 3, 2009 > Report it

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David Dodd Oct. 25, 2009 @ 3:02 p.m.

My favorite Burwell comment ever:

"Most of you on these boards are as dumb as dirt, cannot read between the lines, and have no idea how things operate."

Which is pretty much what Hitler counted on when he took power. Burwell, AG is right, you're pretty much the boilerplate example of a Nazi.

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SDaniels Oct. 25, 2009 @ 3:33 p.m.

Fish worried:

"I'm thinking of changing my avatar to DumbAsDirt. Or Lumpen. Clearly, I'm not smart enough to grasp the genius of Burwell's vision."

I like "Lumpen," or have you considered just "Prole?" Don't worry, Cuddle, we have not yet heard the full details of Burwell's social plan--or as russl alluded, his "modest proposal." I don't know about the latter term, since a fair amount of intended irony would need to be involved.

Anyway, I'm sure he will put it, and his theory of the American classes, in terms that all us dumb as dirt posters can grasp. Herr Doktor? Class is seated, please begin. :)

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cre0 Oct. 26, 2009 @ 10:29 a.m.

Burwell: I will not stoop to your level and start the name calling. I do want to comment on you saying that we probably get welfare...No, I don't receive a dime from welfare. Not one red cent. I don't even receive Social Security. I will say that there are several if not thousands of the homeless that do. Like I said earlier alot of the homeless, choose to live on the street. I'm still trying to understand why. I believe that most of the reason is they are mental (not able to judge what is in the best interest for themsleves), they are alcoholics, or drug users. I don't understand but, I know it is a very big problem.
My tuition and books are paid in full by a scholarship. My attendance and grades are how I received this scholarship. I had to make an agreement to keep my grades up and to not miss more than 5 days or, I would be dropped. No ifs, ands, or buts.
I really don't care what Burwell thinks about me. He is not the one paying for my tuition. He doesn't bring me a peanut butter sandwich and water, and He damn sure don't pay the water bill at St. Vinny's. Basicly, I think Burwell needs to be loved. Thats all, just a little bit of love. Ya know I'm not even mad that he blogs all these hate messages about the homeless. That is his perogative. It does show what kind of person he is. The kind that needs love. :) Love ya Burwell!

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SDaniels Oct. 26, 2009 @ 11:54 a.m.

Err, to be realistic, I think to attract Burwell, you're gonna hafta get a little more S/M in your approach there, cre0 and Cuddle. ;)

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antigeekess Oct. 26, 2009 @ 12:38 p.m.

CreO, so glad to "see" you again. :)

Hoping you start a blog.

Be careful out there, kid.

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auntsandiegospeaks Nov. 4, 2009 @ 9:07 a.m.

WOW, all this "bickering". CreO, I know there are some people on the street in similar circumstances. The big influx started about 6 months ago & continues to grow. I wish you luck in your education and future employment endeavors.

Burwell, you get the bus and take charge of the problem. The City would appreciate it because they have no money AND they have ignored the problem for so many years. I have talked to quite a few of the homeless. Just from my proximity, it is easy to see the how drugs & alcohol (just a legal drug) have their way with the human body. These people will not go to Father Joe's because "there are too many rules". So, you take them, get them off the streets, force withdrawal (you do have medical training, right?), put them to work. What a legacy for you. I am sure we would miss your rantings, but you would be far too busy running your factories and making sure there were no slackers.

I happen to disagree with your statement about being "dumb as dirt" I am pretty sure that would not apply to me, although I am hoping you can provide some sort of measurement for the lack of intelligence in dirt.

Oh, Burwell, forgot to ask about the $2200 in disability benefits. Where did you get that info.? For SSDI, that is a large amount. And, there is an offset for other sources of income. In otherwords, one cannot collect SSDI (federal) & SDI (CA), there is a limit.

So, when will you be picking up your "gang" of homeless? Where will your "compound" be? Once you get your factories going, let us know. I would be happy to make a small purchase to help the cause.

To all: Thanks for reading & I appreciate your comments.

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