Thanks for taking on this problem

Thank, thank you, thank you …
I am so in agreement with the views and opinions of this “stakeholders group” in Davis.
I have been concerned for a while about the increasing numbers of panhandlers and even the boldness of their ability to gain handouts.
I have seen a pregnant woman stand on the corner asking for handouts. Yet she stood at the same location for more than two years wearing the same colored shirt with the belly sticking out.
I have encountered men that I have offered food to, and their response is, “I could really use money.”
I have witnessed a woman sitting outside the grocery store while holding her sign and smoking a cigarette talking on her cell phone while the cell phone is plugged into the soda machine outlet.
These reasons and many more are why I am in agreement with the “stakeholders group” in asking the people of Davis not to give out money.
Now for my questions: Who is the “stakeholders group”? How was this formed? What qualifications do you need to be a member of this group? I am not suggesting we do not trust this group, but a little more information would be nice to know.
As far as the opinions and request of the group, they are right-on. Davis needs to control the growing panhandler issues.
These panhandlers are in no way hungry or thirsty. If you drive around Davis at night when our fast-food or other restaurants are closing, you can spot which places will make available to the panhandlers the food that needs to be discarded.
Panhandlers take the money given to them and use that money in ways that are not going to help.
Again, thank you to the Davis stakeholders group.

Denise Halfacre


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