Saturday, June 7, 2014

Redding Police Officers take back South City Park , How about give back the restrooms?

Redding Mayor Rick Bosetti, Redding Police, and Record Searchlight Photographer at the take back the park event.

Many caring and compassionate individuals feel that local media has been creating as of late a dynamic that have folks hating the people who are being oppressed in our community and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.

The Redding Police Officers Association who wants the community to take back South City Park from the homeless and transients who use it daily and give it back to families, hosted  a daylong event Saturday that was marred by controversy, injury, and a lack of public attendance.


One must ask themselves, where do folks relieve themselves at this event, as the only public restroom was locked up tight and unusable for both event goers and homeless alike, a taste of what it is like in much of the downtown Redding area.

Much has been spoken of in the Redding area of the sex trade, and teen girls being forced to provide sex for pimps in the Redding California community. There are approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the U.S. Often times young vulnerable populations of homeless teens can be found and targeted by these pimps in exactly where the Redding Police Officers Association wants to shoo them away from .... South City Park.

As a community, do we want to take back the park back from them? Is that the best we can do ?

Creating and spinning the dynamics of fear, unwarranted generalizations, and pushing the demonization of a population with no voice of their own spiritually weakens and degrades the community at large.

Perhaps the Redding City council and Police Department needs to rethink taking back anything from the homeless including their tents, sleeping bags and other personal possessions and survival gear and consider returning what you have taken for years now that may very well assist in their coming out of homelessness... Their dignity

Friday, April 25, 2014

Can't you smell that smell ?


It should be of no surprise to the dozens of Redding California County and City workers that make their way to the downtown Yuba Street post office every work day that Redding has ranked so low as a city in regard to its people and their well being.

I suppose one can easily turn their head and avoid the oozing stains of blatant disregard that mar the sidewalks, or avoid the looks of elderly homeless who have been beaten and rolled by juvenile homeless heroine addicts desperate for another fix.

Unable to visually turn your head , a question not so easy to avoid as you approach the post office must assault your senses to be sure.

Oooooh  that smell...

With Record Searchlight bloggers writing about the halcyon days of the long gone McColl's Dairy or whimsical songs of what's to love of Redding, one must as a question.

Can't you smell that smell?

From winter days of years past our chronic downtown homeless suffer from frost bite that has festered  into something far more insidious. Several of them now have to remove the insect offspring that ghoulishly feast and deposit on the open wounds of our city... and their bodies.

From these visual and olfactory horrors Global Homeless Day was born.   

Food , Tents, Sleeping bags and Tarps will be collected May 5th from 3 to 7 pm at Caldwell park. Just drive up and honk and someone will graciously accept your compassionate donations.

To be sure those homeless languishing  downtown may look City and County officials as well as downtown non profits managers in the eye as you pass by and wonder why you cant smell the putrid flesh and gangrene as well,

The smell of death that surrounds you...