October 16, 1994 |
The last thing the Neil Good Day Center wants to be seen as is just another shelter for the homeless. The center--which is the model for a similar facility that Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan wants to build in Downtown--is driven by a philosophy of offering hope to the hopeless, by taking tough stances toward the people whose lives it aims to turn around. For that reason, it offers no sleeping cots or food to the homeless.
January 24, 2000 |
It was a jolt: an unexpected announcement by one of the city's most acclaimed citizens. A bit of shock therapy for the body politic, perhaps. At the very least, it drove home an unpleasant fact of life: Even in boom times, there are growing numbers of homeless families in San Diego desperately searching each night for shelter. The jolt came last week when Catholic Msgr.
March 19, 1989 |
In the small park in front of Horton Plaza, the downtown shopping mall, the usual assortment of drifters, derelicts and screaming street corner proselytizers are gathered on a warm afternoon. Among them is William Troy Landreth, a young homeless man with a genius-level IQ who at age 18 became an underground hero to computer hackers nationwide. A pioneer in the craft, he was known at the height of his fame only by his code name: The Cracker.
September 24, 1992 |
Residents of Rose Canyon, whose expensive bluff-top homes overlook scenic hiking, biking and nature trails, are joining in opposition to a plan to erect a nearby "tent city" for the homeless within view of their affluent neighborhood. "Suddenly, Rose Canyon is becoming an embattled area," said Sandra Boyce, who helped organize a meeting of worried homeowners Wednesday night. "I know it sounds like, 'Not in my back yard,' but. . . .
May 10, 1991 |
In the most painful night of his life, Victor Ballard crawled along a rocky Encinitas beach for 12 hours, the crashing waves drowning out his cries for help, after a 60-foot fall from the bluffs above had broken both his feet. His shattered left foot wrapped in his shirt, the 33-year-old transient picked his way through the darkness along a half-mile stretch of rocky coastline until he was rescued Wednesday by an early morning surfer.
May 1, 2000 |
Short on judicial majesty but long on streetwise practicality, Homeless Court is in session. "No one is going to jail this afternoon," Superior Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr. assures three-dozen people waiting nervously on folding chairs at the city's largest homeless shelter. "We're here to work with you."