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Oakland official wants to house 1,000
homeless people on a cruise ship as
California cities struggle to grapple with
the homelessness crisis

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Posted By: Imright, 12/12/2019 4:27:20 PM

A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people as the state continues to struggle with the homelessness crisis. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting on Tuesday that the ship would be brought to the Port of Oakland, but port officials said Wednesday the move would be 'untenable'. 'We respect President Kaplan's desire to address homelessness but Port of Oakland docks are designed to work

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Reply 1 - Posted by: proactus 12/12/2019 4:41:59 PM (No. 260284)
It’ll give new meaning to the ten “poop deck”!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Tet Vet 68 12/12/2019 4:47:13 PM (No. 260289)
The cruise ship, if used, will be totally trashed within days.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nimby 12/12/2019 4:50:25 PM (No. 260291)
Talk to the democrat Congress Critter Barbara Lee. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Lee
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Reply 4 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 12/12/2019 4:51:38 PM (No. 260293)
So the Port of Oakland officials say "We respect President Kaplan's desire to address homelessness but But, seriously, this Kaplan person has no desire to house anyone. This Kaplan person just wants these people out of sight so as to put them out of mind. Then, wherever they end up, the problem will disappear.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone 12/12/2019 4:56:21 PM (No. 260298)
Get real, the only cruise ship that would be on offer would be some worn out tub that the cruise line is getting ready to scrap, as look at the streets where the homeless live now, after a couple of weeks of becoming a temporary home for the homeless, the cruise ship would resemble those streets. Because of the lack of personal hygiene and overall filthy conditions, get ready for a major respiratory and stomach virus epidemic on board that would probably cause the ship to be quarantined.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MaxWedge 12/12/2019 5:08:55 PM (No. 260302)
How about the Oakland Coliseum? The Raiders play their last game there this weekend. They'll just have to be out of there before baseball starts.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Peeps 12/12/2019 5:20:00 PM (No. 260308)
Stop feeding the bums!!! STOP spending money on drug addicts!! You are a MAGNET for them!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bluefindad 12/12/2019 5:37:52 PM (No. 260336)
During our last cruise we were constantly reminded that a cruise ship is a floating incubator for disease - hand sanitizing stations everywhere, reminders about hygiene posted in many locations. Even among 'normal' people, it is recognized that disease can flash through the passengers like lightening because of the restricted spaces and common areas. Putting the homeless in a cruise ship is like sentencing them to death - unless extraordinary measures are put into place - lots of staff constantly cleaning and disinfecting. What will it cost? From Rebecca Kaplan's perspective, it doesn't matter. The homeless will be out of sight and she doesn't have to pay for it - other people do!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: bad-hair 12/12/2019 5:38:37 PM (No. 260337)
The ONLY reason a cruise ship is tied up at the dock is to take on fuel, WATER, food and other necessities of life such as unloading SEWAGE, trash and people who really want to get off. Said Oakland Official is an IDIOT.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 12/12/2019 5:42:36 PM (No. 260341)
How about not housing them anywhere. Quit giving them food and offer them jobs cleaning up feces from the streets
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 12/12/2019 5:47:55 PM (No. 260348)
It will be awash with sewage within 48 hours, and entirely uninhabitable within a week.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Norway 12/12/2019 5:55:23 PM (No. 260360)
And you expect any good ideas from a progressive paradise?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Calico Al 12/12/2019 6:02:16 PM (No. 260366)
There must be an island way out in some ocean where they can dump the homeless onto. One that has trees with big leaves for bowel movement capabilities.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: JediJerry 12/12/2019 6:36:42 PM (No. 260399)
Good idea. The all night buffet should be popular and I hope they don’t run out of jumbo shrimp and crab legs at 3:00am. Room service should be great too. Come to think of it, I’m going to become homeless in SFO and get me some of that!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: CaptainLibra 12/12/2019 6:40:48 PM (No. 260403)
Rebecca Kaplan. Is the Daily Mail sure it's not Robert Kaplan?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: MickTurn 12/12/2019 6:46:32 PM (No. 260405)
Let me propose an 'INTELLIGENT' solution. 1. Get all of them OFF all drugs and Alcohol...Rehab. 2. Train them to do WORK. 3. Help them get a job. 4. House them in politicians homes. 5. If they don't keep up, put them on a rocket to the MOON...one days rations. I really like #4!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 12/12/2019 6:50:51 PM (No. 260412)
Well, this might be a start..... and then set sail for Venezuela and never come back.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Jennie C. 12/12/2019 6:53:03 PM (No. 260417)
#1, oh shucks I was hoping no one would beat me to that. It was the first thought I had :)
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Reply 19 - Posted by: seamusm 12/12/2019 7:02:52 PM (No. 260424)
A cruise ship? The homeless will just want to live on the poop deck in cardboard shacks.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: skacmar 12/12/2019 7:11:53 PM (No. 260434)
Forget a cruise ship. You have a perfectly good island out in SF Bay called Alcatraz with plenty of rooms and beds sitting empty just waiting for the street people to come. They can have their own island! It would get them off the streets, use an existing building designed to be used by people who do not take are of where they live, and the citizens of SF and Oakland would be rid of the street people.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: anniebc 12/12/2019 7:55:46 PM (No. 260461)
President Kaplan? She must like the sound of that.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Terry_tr6 12/12/2019 8:04:11 PM (No. 260468)
I'm all for it! but after they are all on board, sail it to international waters, let them elect a "captain" and hand him the keys.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: thewarden 12/12/2019 8:27:03 PM (No. 260486)
Paging Captain Stubing...can’t wait to see the daily activity schedule posted by Julie. Bed Bug Yoga, Typhus Disco Dance Party, Shopping Cart Bingo. Gopher’s gonna be busy. Will there be an open bar? Poor Isaac, no tips for you! And let’s give it up for Doc Bricker who’s about to finally earn that paycheck! Don’t forget to get your Rabies shots...and everything else. Ahoy!
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Reply 24 - Posted by: padiva 12/12/2019 8:45:32 PM (No. 260496)
#23 you are very clever.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: bamboozle 12/12/2019 9:54:07 PM (No. 260526)
Perhaps they could find some mothballed liberty ships and reactivate them?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Ironworker 12/12/2019 10:41:18 PM (No. 260544)
Fiil it up and set sail for Puerto Vallarta! One way.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Rumblehog 12/12/2019 11:11:32 PM (No. 260563)
Make that a rusty old Navy garbage scow.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Luandir 12/13/2019 12:02:06 AM (No. 260574)
"Kaplan said she has been contacted by cruise ship companies about providing a ship for emergency housing." Either they have ships they really want to get rid of, or she is lying.
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