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Posted By: DVC, 12/29/2022 1:55:53 PM

Santa Monica is one of my old stomping grounds from my years in Los Angeles. So when I heard the place was becoming unliveable According to Jim Thompson, writing at RedState: So what is it like in Santa Monica now? It depends on who you ask. If you ask Los Angeles Times reporters reviewing statistics, Santa Monica is a relative garden of Eden. {snip] There is a group of Santa Monica businesses and residents who [snip] put up a sign that says: Santa Monica IS NOT safe,” it reads, above a second sign with the words “Crime … depravity … outdoor mental asylum.”


So, violent aggressive druggies and mental cases attacking people who won't pay them. This can only happen where self defense is not realistically possible, which is the case in most of California. Extremely difficult to get a CCW permit, and even if you legally are armed - I wonder if defending against a knife attack wouldn't get you a prison sentence from a "woke" city system?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: HPmatt 12/29/2022 2:10:41 PM (No. 1366986)
We got a family moved here to Dallas, finally had enough, like homeless hanging in out restaurant bathrooms.... Plus they get to keep another 10% of their earned income. California dreamin' man....
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Reply 2 - Posted by: GoodDeal 12/29/2022 2:12:20 PM (No. 1366989)
Add Oakland to the list of unlivable cities in CA. I spent last week up there. The homeless have taken over every possible spire to put up a tent or build a shanty shack. Heaps and piles of trash everywhere. Hookers out in force after dark. Catalytic converters are stolen every night by the hundreds. My daughter has hers stolen The they cut the rubber gas hose from her gas cap to the tank and stole her gas. Then they smashed the rear window of her car and stole clothes she was going to donate then finally someone stole the registration sticker from her license plate. She’s moving in two weeks.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 12/29/2022 2:36:00 PM (No. 1367006)
Call these cities what they are: ****holes. Say it out loud.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: chagrined 12/29/2022 2:44:58 PM (No. 1367014)
#3, that's democommiecrat ****holes!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 12/29/2022 2:53:48 PM (No. 1367020)
Add them to the list of failed liberal cities. Apologies for repeating myself.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissGrits 12/29/2022 3:05:13 PM (No. 1367022)
So, a man, a MAN on a bicycle gets stabbed by a homeless druggie! Knock the livin crap out of the guy when he brandishes the knife and keep ridin! No one would even take note.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: VietVet68 12/29/2022 3:27:49 PM (No. 1367026)
The root cause of the problem is clearly stated in the article: "given that these merchants are all blue-city lefties who vote Democrat". There's your problem right democrat. But they will never learn. They'll just go out of business or move as the junkies, homeless and other undesirables steal their inventory, all the while wondering what went wrong.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 12/29/2022 4:08:54 PM (No. 1367033)
I live in a small Republican-run city in California (would you believe?) with none of the problems facing Santa Monica or Buffalo. Taxes are within bounds, streets are clean...even side walks...and crime is almost non-existent. The slightest whiff, however, is in the air with the coming of stores like Circle K and Seven Eleven. No Churches Chicken, yet, but local council electeds have been told to resist zoning changes and do-gooders from opening homeless shelters. We like things just the way they are. 60% voted Trump last election.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Italiano 12/29/2022 4:27:53 PM (No. 1367037)
Too bad. I lived there in the 70's. Get rid of them by any means necessary, or quit whining. There is no Plan B.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: JHHolliday 12/29/2022 4:50:22 PM (No. 1367047)
There is no solution to this as long as cities are woke and refuse to address the problem. It's against the law in my small Georgia city to camp within the city limits. I would suggest they enlarge the jails and give the campers 30 days for violating a similar law. 30 or 60 days without their drugs would certainly deter the addicts. For the robbery attacks, 3 years would be more appropriate. New jails or prisons will be expensive, but huge money would be saved that's now spent on hotels, healthcare and shelter for the bums. There are other options available for the truly non-violent homeless who are down and out for financial reasons.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird 12/29/2022 4:58:12 PM (No. 1367048)
This makes me very sad. In the 70s I lived in a lovely apartment tower on Neilsen Way, Across from the beach. At that time it was surrounded by a three-par golf course. Wonderful restaurants like Chez Jay’s. Venice close by and fascinating. One restaurant had one seating a night around a large table. Cooked by the woman who owned it. Reservations only and few. Fabulous food. The best Savon Drug on the planet. Bike path to the Marina right outside my apt. building. Sad.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Frederic F. Frew 12/29/2022 6:25:04 PM (No. 1367085)
I used to like going to the Third Street Promenade when I lived in SoCal. It was nice -- shops, restaurants, bookstores, coffee places. You could make a day of it. Started going downhill 10 or 12 years ago, and the last time I went was 2018 or '19, when the Coffee Bean locked its restroom because of the homeless. I loved to sit and read and sip coffee, but with no restroom.... Once again, the rest of us had to give something up because of the homeless.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Scribelus 12/29/2022 6:41:21 PM (No. 1367088)
It’s the realization of true democracy: you get what you vote for.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Bluefindad 12/29/2022 9:56:12 PM (No. 1367154)
The new strategy is becoming apparent. If they don't cite or arrest people for crimes then they have no record of an increased crime rate.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Sandpiper 12/30/2022 2:38:31 AM (No. 1367207)
And #14, California has reduced many felonies to misdemeanors, so even if someone DOES get arrested it likely doesn’t “read” as bad. Pay attention to what we say, not to the guy who is breaking your car window.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DCGIRL 12/30/2022 6:05:21 AM (No. 1367232)
California, you get what you vote for. I suggest that you break your state up before it is too late.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Highlander 12/30/2022 6:24:42 AM (No. 1367236)
My burg doesn’t allow tenting within its limits. The homeless we do have are not aggressive and mind their manners, or else. The police do a good job here.
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