"In addition to making homelessness worse, Prop 1 exacerbates California’s fiscal crisis. Send a message to demand better solutions for homelessness by rejecting Prop 1."
Carl DeMaio and Reform California’s statewide campaign to stop CA's Prop 1 in the March Primary Election and demand better solutions for the homeless crisis is gaining attention. SoCal News Group ran an Op-Ed by DeMaio last week explaining how Prop 1 will actually make homelessness worse and impose billions in new debt on state taxpayers. The Op-Ed has also gained TV traction on local outlets like KTLA. Op-Ed excerpts:
The title of Prop 1, which is written by state politicians, deceptively suggests that the measure will improve mental health treatment and provide shelter to the homeless. Prop 1 is being sold by its backers as merely $6.4 billion bond to build treatment facilities and housing units for the homeless.
The truth of Prop 1 is far more sinister.
At a time when we face a growing mental health crisis with homelessness, Prop 1 actually diverts existing funds from mental health treatment programs so the money can be diverted to government-financed housing projects.
In doing so, Prop 1 raids and diverts funding from the very mental health treatment programs that currently serve homeless people!
Who benefits from Prop 1?
Rich, politically-connected developers who will receive billions of your tax dollars for their expensive government-subsidized mega housing projects.
Prop 1 also eliminates your existing constitutional right to vote to reject government welfare housing projects from being placed in your neighborhood. If Prop 1 passes, bad housing projects can be forced into your neighborhood and you will be forced to live with the negative impacts from a bad development project.
A better approach would be to reject Prop 1’s raid on treatment funding, empower law enforcement to partner with treatment programs, and build more shelters with bunk beds for homeless.
In addition to making homelessness worse, Prop 1 exacerbates California’s fiscal crisis. With a new $68 billion state deficit for this year and red ink piling up in future years, Prop 1 would impose billions in new debt on state taxpayers that we simply cannot afford right now.
Send a message to demand better solutions for homelessness by rejecting Prop 1.