Opinion | FARRELL: California’s Negligence Is Feeding America’s Public Health Crisis


Is the so-called homelessness crisis really about lack of housing? No, it is not. The legions on the streets of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other communities across the country are largely in the grips of drug and alcohol addiction, and other untreated mental health disorders.

Negligence is just another form of government corruption — and government officials at all levels who facilitate and enable the worsening of our national public mental health emergency must be held accountable. For decades, the left has created and subsidized the conditions contributing to lives lost to addiction and untreated mental disorders.

The government negligence masquerades as phony compassion, enabling a soft bigotry of hollow platitudes and rationalization condemning the afflicted to a tortured existence with no real escape.

In a rally in Cincinnati, President Trump decried the Third World-style living conditions in some parts of the country. “What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country,” he said. “It’s a shame. The world is looking at it. Look at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible conditions. Look at San Francisco, look at some of your other cities. No one has paid a higher price for the far-left destructive agenda than Americans living in our nation’s inner cities.” He added that the billions of dollars spent to mitigate the problems is “stolen money, and it’s wasted money.”

The president’s critics are quick to write off this kind of criticism as just another rant. But it is hard to argue with the evidence. In 2018 Leilani Farha, the United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing, toured San Francisco and said she couldn’t “help but be completely shocked” by what she saw. And this was after touring Manila, Jakarta and Mexico City.

The San Francisco area’s GDP is over $500 billion, which alone would put it in the top 25 of global economies. But it is also the first city in the world to have an interactive map to help people avoid concentrations of human excrement and discarded hypodermic needles. Some point to California Proposition 47 (the ironically named Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act), passed in 2014, that radically reduced enforcement and penalties for a variety of nonviolent crimes. Denver and New York City have also passed laws that either reduce or eliminate penalties for public defecation and other “lifestyle” offenses. And the easier these cities make it to be homeless, the more street people there will be.

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c e voigtsberger
c e voigtsberger
1 year ago

i’m very sorry, but Reagan didn’t “close the state hospitals.” The Lanterman, Petris, Short Act which Reagan signed was a bi-partisan effort. Lanterman was a republican and Petris and Short were democrats. The act was a result of a case before the California State Supreme court that arose in Ventura County.

Dick Erwin, public defender for Ventura County, argued the case before the CA S.C. He thought it was the crowning jewel in his legal career. I wonder what he would think if he saw the effects of the Hop Louie case.

Mr. Louie was of Chinese ancestry. He apparently was from a remote region of China and no translators existed who spoke his particular dialect. Mr. Louie reportedly spent 25 years at Camarillo State Hospital and in that time didn’t learn any English. Now, I will be the first to admit that conversation on the wards at Cam State probably did not rise to the level of an evening with William F. Buckley, Jr. or the Algonquin Round Table, but one would expect that someone in a strange language environment with even a smidge of intelligence would pick up some of the language in 25 years.

Be that as it may, apparently Mr. Erwin’s office was able to locate some of Mr. Louie’s relatives and they proceeded to get Mr. Louie sprung from the “snake pit” of Cam State.

I can’t quote the title of the case, but after the supremes ruled, freeing Mr. Louie front the clutches of the Nurse Rachets on the wards at Cam State, the LPS Act was introduced in the legislature and was supported by both side of the aisle, so quit lying about Reagan closing the state hospitals. With the support of both houses, had he vetoed the LPS Act, in all probability his veto would have been overridden.

If you want to read what the supremes said about Mr. Louie’s case, the librarian at the law library at the open vortex of sucking taxpayer dollars can assist you in locating the case in Cal Reports.

Diana Brooks
Diana Brooks
1 year ago

Excellent piece. Needed reversal of Reagan’s state institution closures. They worked. Isn’t that part of mental illness? Unable to care for oneself? Rollback time for our society..to what worked..