VIDEO: Fullerton Residents Speak About Solutions to City's Homeless

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Josue Rivas/OC Weekly
On the surface, Fullerton seems like a slice of suburban utopia, with its nice schools, a quaint-by-day, lively-by-night downtown and sublime nature trails. But as those who live in the city and nearby know, problems are a'plenty in the town.

The issue of homelessness in Fullerton became national news after six Fullerton Police officers beat Kelly Thomas to death near the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5, 2011. The attack sparked a public outcry against police and political corruption in the city, and a demand for greater resources and respect for the homeless community.

The topic of homelessness rose to the surface again in June when Fullerton police evicted a sizable transient encampment in front of the shuttered Hunt Branch Library.

In this video, we asked members of the community, including Mayor Bruce Whitaker, city council members, business owners, activists and formerly homeless folks what's their personal solution to homelessness in Fullerton.

If you would like to voice your opinion as well, leave a comment below to keep the conversation going.

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thnkfstpal
thnkfstpal

What if we did nothing and actually reduced services for "the homeless"? We never try that. How many of these people made the bad choices to lead to their troubles? Most if them is my guess.Sexual abuse victims and the mentally ill are the only ones that need services and there are already plenty if we eliminate the freeloader manipulator a out of the bunch.No shelter , period. It will only invite more homeless to fullerton. More services=more homeless from surrounding cities go where the services are that's why Santa Monica and SF have major homeless problems in contrast to places like Houston.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

I dropped my car off for service the other day and took the bus while they were working on it. It was mostly full of mexican families and they were pretty pleasant but then some homeless transient vagrant types got on and one of them was talking to himself about gibbrish. I tried to make some of it out and it was a mixture of stuff about boxing, martial arts, being homeless and the FBI spying on him. Guy was clearly schizophrenic and not stable enough to function in society. I'm the furthest thing from a socialist Obamabot but I think people like him need to be given help and given a place to stay in a decent mental health facility. Probably a good 25% of homeless people have mental problems that they have no control over. The rest of them need to get a job. No free homes, no free food stamps, work or starve you drug addict bums. I'm not paying for you to get drunk and high all day. And save the bs about drug addiction being a disease. Guess masturbation is a disease too. Yeah drugs and getting drunk are fun I get it. Doesn't mean you do it all day and not be a productive member of society. 

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

My solution? Make the bleeding hearts invite them into their homes and provide the with all they need.

Angie Jackson
Angie Jackson

I've heard rumors that the Burlington sight on Orangefair is being turned into a homeless shelter? I like your idea Roberto!

Roberto Hamilton Blackburn
Roberto Hamilton Blackburn

Buying some foreclosed homes and refurbishing them cheaply for use by the homeless is a start, they could help during this process and work for their stay. The Fullerton PD shouldn't have thrown out the homeless from that rail side shanty town they had set up. It's not pretty, but it's better than having them out in the streets on their own and spread out all over the place.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@thnkfstpal Well Santa Monica and SF have much better weather than Houston as well. Maybe we should just fund a homeless ship and send them all to Hawaii. Call it the Bum Paradise Cruise and fill it full of Steel Reserve and Red Lady 21. Maybe after 20 cruises we could empty California of homeless people. Thinking outside of the box here. If this is implemented I'd like free passage back and forth and exclusive rights to cover this mass exodus for the OC Weekly seeing as it was my idea. 

thnkfstpal
thnkfstpal

So now we should buy homes and allow homeless people to live in them? Sounds like a bit much.

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