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June 25, 1989
The Irvine Task Force for the Homeless, along with many other concerned citizens in this area, is appalled at the threat to the existence of the most outstanding care-giving organizations in Orange County. Share Our Selves (SOS) has been widely acclaimed throughout the state and is the oldest established charity in the county. We hope that you will support our plea to the mayor of Costa Mesa and to members of his council to withstand the pressure to cancel the lease of SOS. SYLVIA EASTON, Chairman Irvine Task Force for the Homeless
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990
Today I spoke to a woman who had a novel idea that the Crystal Cathedral should open its doors or windows to the homeless. Since the cathedral has been exempted from spraying, not only would they not be sprayed with a possibly poisonous substance, but it would be translating Christian doctrine into practice. Those of us with homes to shelter us have been advised to stay indoors and protect our cats and pets. But what about the unprotected sector of our population, the helpless men, women and little children who must suffer this contamination without shelter of any kind?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1988
When Father R.H. Delgado (Letters, July 2) expressed his shock at the "cruelty and heartlessness" of those Los Angeles city officials responsible for the raids on the camps of the homeless, reported in The Times, he would no doubt include the reports of similar illegal behavior on the part of the Santa Ana authorities. For letter writer H.A. Burt is right on target when she characterizes the "solution to the homeless problem" as "theft, burglary and assault." These are no answers to the vital need for massive programs for low-cost housing and job-training, as well as vital social and medical services for those in need of them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990
This is in response to "The Plight of SOS Center in Costa Mesa" by Sylvia Easton and others (Letters, Jan. 14). Easton (and others in other articles) accuses Costa Mesa of cruelty and greed. That simply is not true. The problem is the number of people SOS brings to a residential area of Costa Mesa, causing distress to the residents. This was not a problem when the organization was smaller and would not be a problem if the number of people attracted to the organization in this area was reduced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990
Today I spoke to a woman who had a novel idea that the Crystal Cathedral should open its doors or windows to the homeless. Since the cathedral has been exempted from spraying, not only would they not be sprayed with a possibly poisonous substance, but it would be translating Christian doctrine into practice. Those of us with homes to shelter us have been advised to stay indoors and protect our cats and pets. But what about the unprotected sector of our population, the helpless men, women and little children who must suffer this contamination without shelter of any kind?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1986
Another year has thundered along and still the homeless are unfed and unsheltered. Except for the dedicated efforts of some individual charity organizations, no massive drive has been initiated by the government to cope with this horrendous problem. You have only to go to the various soup kitchens to watch tired mothers bringing in little children; or feverish and miserable men and women shivering from a night spent on the ground near a railway track; or listen to a couple who had been sleeping in their car, with no money for gas or food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989
At the May meeting of the Orange County Homeless Initiatives Task Force, two representatives of the homeless in Santa Ana told the members that, during a recent sweep, Santa Ana police officers seized the medicine of a homeless woman, suffering from epilepsy. One hour later the victim of this confiscation suffered an epileptic seizure. This allegation was heard by about 40 members of the task force, who represent city and volunteer organizations throughout Orange County. I think you will agree with us that this matter should be investigated by Santa Ana immediately, and the results of the investigation should be published.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990
This is in response to "The Plight of SOS Center in Costa Mesa" by Sylvia Easton and others (Letters, Jan. 14). Easton (and others in other articles) accuses Costa Mesa of cruelty and greed. That simply is not true. The problem is the number of people SOS brings to a residential area of Costa Mesa, causing distress to the residents. This was not a problem when the organization was smaller and would not be a problem if the number of people attracted to the organization in this area was reduced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1989
Anatole France, in response to the abuse of the poor in French society, savaged the law with his immortal barb: "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread." Now, a century later, we have the county fathers lavishly illustrating his text. When their children ask them, "Tell me, what did you do in the Great War against the homeless?" they will proudly be able to answer, "We drove them from the parks, we drove them from under the bridges, and gave them no place to lay their 'worthless' heads!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989
The folly of closing the National Guard armories in the face of bitterly cold weather is inescapable. It has been legally mandated that when these quarters are not being used for military purposes they must be used to shelter the homeless. Surely when dealing with the lives of helpless men, women and little children we do not gamble that the night will "have warmed up" when weather predictions can be so wrong, as indeed they were! And as Tom Byrne is quoted in The Times' article (Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1989
Anatole France, in response to the abuse of the poor in French society, savaged the law with his immortal barb: "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread." Now, a century later, we have the county fathers lavishly illustrating his text. When their children ask them, "Tell me, what did you do in the Great War against the homeless?" they will proudly be able to answer, "We drove them from the parks, we drove them from under the bridges, and gave them no place to lay their 'worthless' heads!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1989
The Irvine Task Force for the Homeless, along with many other concerned citizens in this area, is appalled at the threat to the existence of the most outstanding care-giving organizations in Orange County. Share Our Selves (SOS) has been widely acclaimed throughout the state and is the oldest established charity in the county. We hope that you will support our plea to the mayor of Costa Mesa and to members of his council to withstand the pressure to cancel the lease of SOS. SYLVIA EASTON, Chairman Irvine Task Force for the Homeless
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989
At the May meeting of the Orange County Homeless Initiatives Task Force, two representatives of the homeless in Santa Ana told the members that, during a recent sweep, Santa Ana police officers seized the medicine of a homeless woman, suffering from epilepsy. One hour later the victim of this confiscation suffered an epileptic seizure. This allegation was heard by about 40 members of the task force, who represent city and volunteer organizations throughout Orange County. I think you will agree with us that this matter should be investigated by Santa Ana immediately, and the results of the investigation should be published.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989
The folly of closing the National Guard armories in the face of bitterly cold weather is inescapable. It has been legally mandated that when these quarters are not being used for military purposes they must be used to shelter the homeless. Surely when dealing with the lives of helpless men, women and little children we do not gamble that the night will "have warmed up" when weather predictions can be so wrong, as indeed they were! And as Tom Byrne is quoted in The Times' article (Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1988
When Father R.H. Delgado (Letters, July 2) expressed his shock at the "cruelty and heartlessness" of those Los Angeles city officials responsible for the raids on the camps of the homeless, reported in The Times, he would no doubt include the reports of similar illegal behavior on the part of the Santa Ana authorities. For letter writer H.A. Burt is right on target when she characterizes the "solution to the homeless problem" as "theft, burglary and assault." These are no answers to the vital need for massive programs for low-cost housing and job-training, as well as vital social and medical services for those in need of them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1987
The city of Irvine, like so many cities throughout the nation today, is wrestling with its conscience: To house or not to give shelter to its homeless children and adults is the question. Will Irvine, like its neighboring city, Costa Mesa, emerge as the "city with a heart"? There are those who point out the fact that real estate values have risen, not fallen, in the areas of neighborhood shelters; that they do not attract feared "street people," since the intake processing occurs at other centers, and that cities really have no choice since both federal and state laws now mandate shelters as well as traditional housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1985
If it " 'Tis the Season to be Jolly," why don't we make it so by giving the homeless men, women and children of Orange County a sporting chance, using a portion of those excess millions left over from the great Olympics? Then we could be as proud of our humanity as of our muscles and competitive spirit. Each community that has homeless could have aesthetically designed buildings with a gymnasium, supervised sleeping quarters, toilets, showers, dining room, kitchen and community room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1987
The city of Irvine, like so many cities throughout the nation today, is wrestling with its conscience: To house or not to give shelter to its homeless children and adults is the question. Will Irvine, like its neighboring city, Costa Mesa, emerge as the "city with a heart"? There are those who point out the fact that real estate values have risen, not fallen, in the areas of neighborhood shelters; that they do not attract feared "street people," since the intake processing occurs at other centers, and that cities really have no choice since both federal and state laws now mandate shelters as well as traditional housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1986
Another year has thundered along and still the homeless are unfed and unsheltered. Except for the dedicated efforts of some individual charity organizations, no massive drive has been initiated by the government to cope with this horrendous problem. You have only to go to the various soup kitchens to watch tired mothers bringing in little children; or feverish and miserable men and women shivering from a night spent on the ground near a railway track; or listen to a couple who had been sleeping in their car, with no money for gas or food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1985
If it " 'Tis the Season to be Jolly," why don't we make it so by giving the homeless men, women and children of Orange County a sporting chance, using a portion of those excess millions left over from the great Olympics? Then we could be as proud of our humanity as of our muscles and competitive spirit. Each community that has homeless could have aesthetically designed buildings with a gymnasium, supervised sleeping quarters, toilets, showers, dining room, kitchen and community room.
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