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How to help the homeless?

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From page C2 | May 23, 2014 |

Robb Davis suggested a parcel tax to handle the growing homeless/transient population at the first City Council candidates debate. Please see the following report from The Davis Enterprise:

“(Kemble) Pope asked Davis how he would address an increased homeless population in the city. Davis said the homeless population was once largely the business of Yolo County, but with state cuts and lower revenues, the county has pulled back, leaving holes.

” ‘How are we plugging the holes? Poorly,’ Davis said, adding that methamphetamine addiction is driving the homeless problem and, without a solution, it will get worse. ‘It’s time for us to have a parcel tax, even if it’s a small amount, for these issues.’ ”

I respectfully ask that Davis clarify how much this would be and where the money would be spent.

I also implore residents to read the city of Davis police daily arrest and call log in order to absorb the impact the growing transient population is having on our parks and businesses.

Caring for those in dire need is, without question, a hallmark of a compassionate community. However, balance is key here.

Rachel Kraynak
Davis

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  • Davis VoterMay 23, 2014 - 6:52 am

    We don't need another politician who thinks the answer to every problem is another parcel tax. If Robb Davis truly suggested a parcel tax because of the homeless problem I will not vote for him. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • May 23, 2014 - 10:17 am

    I agree whole heartedly! No new taxes and no votes for those who keep proposing them!

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  • May 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

    There’s already plenty of resources for homeless in Davis and Yolo Co. to include limited shelter, free meals, counseling, rehab, education, job placement, etc, etc. What’s more tax money going to do? I’d like to see the police discourage the panhandlers down town Davis who loiter there all day. It’s not good for businesses and probably fuels drug and alcohol dependency which in turn leads to increased crime. The growing problem the homeless needs to be addressed by the community and city.

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  • ErisianMay 23, 2014 - 11:20 am

    How to help the homeless? Stop enabling them to stay in Davis. Encourage them to move to Sacramento, which has substantially larger safety net programs that are more effectively administered through Community Action Agencies and other nonprofits.

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  • Jim LeonardMay 23, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    I believe Robb Davis supports, in order of importance: the socially needy, the business community, the environment. If he needs to support a business project in order to get funds for the homeless or some other needy group, he will support it. If he needs to abandon an environmental cause in order to get funding from a business group AND for a socially needy group, he will abandon the cause. If you are for the socially needy AT ANY COST, vote for Robb Davis. Otherwise, consider other candidates before you vote.

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