October 23, 2012
Re "Hometown heartlessness," Column, Oct. 19 As a past resident of Costa Mesa and more recently a volunteer at the Someone Cares soup kitchen, I am incensed at the cruelty of Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever's threats to close the kitchen. The place is run professionally by the staff and loads of volunteers, many of whom may have crossed county lines. Every day you can count on these folks to give so many of the community's needy a hot meal and some compassion. Maybe Bever should visit the kitchen or lend a hand and talk to community members before he calls the place a nuisance and wants it shut down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2012 |
Head west on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. First, you hit the monumentalist architecture of the 24-Hour Fitness club and Road Runner Sports. Then comes the more modest cash-for-gold outlet and a pawnshop. Finally, half-hidden behind a clutch of palm trees and shrubs, the squat gray building of the Someone Cares soup kitchen comes into view. Clearly, we're on the wrong side of the tracks. Orange County people once hoped to leave those tracks behind, across the L.A. County line. But those days are long over.
October 16, 2012 |
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan is stirring up controversy with a photo-op at a Youngstown, Ohio, soup kitchen. Ryan, who spoke at a campaign event at nearby Youngstown State University on Saturday, stopped by a local soup kitchen without permission, according to the charity's president, and “did nothing” during his 15-minute stay. “They showed up there and they did not have permission,” Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, told CBS News . “They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.” “The photo-op they did wasn't even accurate.
October 6, 2012 |
Quick, before the stock runs out again, order some of these “Soupe” kitchen towels from Seeds from Italy as hostess gifts. All linen, they're made in Tuscany and printed with illustrations of heirloom vegetables. Available in four colors - red, green, orange and purple to match any kitchen. A great gift for Italophiles in the kitchen. "Soupe" kitchen towels , $15 each online from Seeds of Italy . Psst! And while, you're at it, why not order any or all of the four varieties of fava bean s just in from Italy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2012 |
Looking to cut down on homeless services in Costa Mesa, Mayor Eric Bever has asked the city to investigate some of the city's most prominent and long-running charities. Bever singled out Share Our Selves and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, decades-old nonprofits that dispense food and medical care to the poor and homeless. The mayor compared the charities to nightclubs that have become neighborhood nuisances. It would go a long way to solving the problem of homeless people coming to Costa Mesa, the mayor said, "if we managed to put the soup kitchen out of business.
September 12, 2012
Re "Court blocks property seizures," Sept. 6 The recent decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the property rights of the homeless has its roots in the seizure of four shopping carts provided by the group Catholic Worker. Since 1997, Catholic Worker has distributed more than 20,000 free shopping carts to the homeless. These are the property of Catholic Worker and cannot legally be taken by the police. These carts are pervasive around skid row, and they are the bane of the police and the business community.