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Body found near Livermore homeless encampment

Original post made on Jan 18, 2009

Livermore police found a badly decomposed body in a field near a homeless encampment on Friday, a police lieutenant said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, January 17, 2009, 9:57 PM

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Posted by Harvey Tuberat
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm

We have a homeless encampment? Sweet!


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Posted by Ruben
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm


January 11, 2009


TO: President-Elect Barack Obama


FROM: Ruben Botello, Founder

AMERICAN HOMELESS SOCIETY

Dear Mr. Obama:

I have been in and out of homelessness since being honorably discharged as a USMC Vietnam veteran in 1969. I wound up homeless then, in and out of homelessness with my two sons in the Eighties, and homeless on my own again in the Nineties.

I started the American Homeless Society in 1987 while my sons and I were homeless in California. I have been in several hunger strikes, marches and demonstrations for homeless rights since then but have seen little progress.

My longest hunger strike was 58 days against President Reagan's "trickle down" economic policies that created much more instead of less homelessness in our country. You now speak about fixing our nation's economy from the "bottom up" and that should mean you are starting by ending involuntary homelessness at the bottom.

HUD Secretary Philip Mangano has been promoting 10-year plans to end homelessness in major cities across the country on behalf of the Bush Administration for the past few years. We would hope and pray you make a similar commitment to abolish homelessness but throughout our nation, not just in individual cities because there are far more homeless than these urban plans will ever reach.

Slavery was abolished in America over a century ago; why not abolish homelessness today, Mr. Obama? Homelessness is just as bad as slavery in several ways and much worse in others.

Men, women and children from all the races, colors, cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, religions and creeds in our diverse society find themselves homeless daily. They are forced to endure harassment, discrimination and persecution in our nation today much like the slaves President Lincoln's armies fought to free in the Nineteenth Century.

America's homeless are also forced to endure nature's harshest conditions without warm homes or shelter for protection; without good food and nutrition; without essential hygiene, medicine and healthcare; and without the necessary education, training or experience required to qualify for the dwindling supply of jobs in today's worsening economy. Many of America's homeless today are even employed but underemployed and unable to afford existing rentals while thousands of others are altogether unemployable.

How can our great nation permit so many of these poor souls to continue to suffer and die needlessly on our streets? I joined the Marines to fight for my country in the Sixties so that all Americans could have a better life, not just the rich and well-to-do who are receiving all the bailouts today.

The list of barriers and obstacles facing today's homeless goes on and on, Mr. Obama. Please, if you are serious about fixing our nation's economy from the bottom-up, begin at the real bottom by making a firm commitment to end involuntary homelessness throughout our country without further ado.



Sincerely,


Ruben Botello, Founder

AMERICAN HOMELESS SOCIETY

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Posted by John Q. Citizen
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:18 am

Here is an idea. Try getting a job? Like the rest of us? Plenty of vets out there that have made good with their life after that war.

Thanks.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

A lot of people are homeless not by choice. Just having a job doesn't guarantee you a home, especially with the high cost of living in the Bay Area. I urge that you, John Q., take some time to learn about homeless people before you make generalized comments. Some people just don't have the luxury of going to college and landing a well-paying job. It's just life and bad luck. So, have a heart. I'm fortunate enough to have my family support me when I decided to return to school to get a degree at the age of 30. Now, I'm earning a decent income. But not a day goes by that I don't think about how things could've been very different if not for the help I got from family and friends. Some people just don't have that support structure so we should see what we can do as a community to help those who needs a hand.

Recently, I've been thinking about starting a food bank and offering free food to families and the homeless. I hope that I can give back and pay it forward.


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Posted by John Adams
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jan 28, 2009 at 9:34 am

What is this this subject doing under "Schools and Kids"? CREEPY!


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Posted by Jeanne
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:24 am

I hope that with the economy affecting more people who thought of themselves as being "above" the homeless, that a new concern for those who are jobless, homeless, hungry takes hold. It is so easy to decide that the homeless are lazy ne'er do wells.....that is not true of all of them. So, instead of being shocked that there is a homeless encampment in your town or neighborhood, instead of wishing "these people" would just disappear from the landscape, why don't you volunteer for some of the organizations that help the homeless and needy who are threatened with eviction? Say a prayer of thanks that you are not one of the homeless yourself. Get a heart and a conscience. Do something to help the situation instead of just criticizing it.!


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Posted by Jeanne
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

I hope that with the economy affecting more people who thought of themselves as being "above" the homeless, that a new concern for those who are jobless, homeless, hungry takes hold. It is so easy to decide that the homeless are lazy ne'er do wells.....that is not true of all of them. So, instead of being shocked that there is a homeless encampment in your town or neighborhood, instead of wishing "these people" would just disappear from the landscape, why don't you volunteer for some of the organizations that help the homeless and needy who are threatened with eviction? Say a prayer of thanks that you are not one of the homeless yourself. Get a heart and a conscience. Do something to help the situation instead of just criticizing it!


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Posted by thurman99buc
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Jul 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

hi there everybody! i am new to this board... going to read up a little bit. any suggestions where to start?


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Posted by Suzzane
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

Their is a Homeless camp in Livermore off of N. Livermore by the freeway and guess what they are all lazy drunks and drug addicts. You see nothing but empty beer cans and trash everywhere. And get out of your car near the creek and all you smell is drugs. Livermore police is doing nothing about it. They are using the creek as the bathroom. They shower in the sink at Home Depot. People stop giving them money. This one guy says he is looking to buy a bus ticket then you see him hunched over smoking a pipe. REALLY! And their are alot of shelters but you have to follow the rules, no drinking and no drugs. It's getting out of control. They are ruining our town and most of them aren't even from here. I give to churches and Real organizations not lazy people begging for money. My husband would work 10 jobs if meant feeding our children.


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