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Pleasanton's hidden homeless

Original post made on Jan 20, 2012

They fly under the radar, staying out of sight for the most part. If you didn't know where to look, or when, it would be easy to miss them. They live in cars and campers in parking lots, under overpasses and "couch surf," staying with family and friends. They're Pleasanton's homeless.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:40 AM


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Posted by Emily W.
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

Very interesting!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

Tragic. Thank you for the shelters and feeding the homeless.

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Posted by Repleasnacrat
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jan 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

Im not quite sure if this qualifies as "very interesting". The pop of Alameda Co is 1470000. The unofficial estimate of "homeless" is 4100ish. Thats .002 Unfortunately, so many oh these poor folks haven't the mental capacity to function in society.Many are also very self destructive. Most have minor criminal backgrounds. The amount of resources we contribute as tax payers to "manage" these folks via quasi government agencies is a disgrace. Alcohol and drugs are the root of 70-80 % of the problems. The amount of resources absorbed by these folks through police and medical tax dollars is unsustainable. While I am empathetic, the current system just aint working. And now we have just raised another generation of kids that have no work ethic. Everything was handed to them from craddle to to college. Wait and see what happens over the next 25 years...

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

@ Rep - so what is your solution? Should we simply let these people starve to death or die from exposure? As members of a community, do we not have an obligation to help our fellow members? I thought that was the entire point to living in a civilized society, but when I read comments such as yours, I hear a very self centered and selfish person only interested in their own life. Do you purpose we tear down what we have built as a society, eliminate services such as police, fire, schools, and yes, homeless shelters and return to an "everyman for himself" world similar to the early Old West?

Oh, and by the way...what is a "craddle"?

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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

It's true that Axis is overcrowded. Check the social security numbers used with patients and you will find many patients using the same social security number. Many illegal immigrants are getting free health care at Axis. They break the law but still get health care. My family has paid taxes for over 30 years, but we have no health care. We have a mortgage that we try to pay monthly but its been difficult as our income has been drastically reduced. If we go to the emergency room, we lose our house! I guess it pays to break the law. Only illegals and criminals have the right to medical care!

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Posted by Mandy
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

These stories are very sad....But,there is one man who for a while lived in a driveway of a vacant home downtown. He drives and old blue truck and also has a white car the truck is pulling a yellow trailer.He makes me and my daughter feel uncomfortable i was always worried he was a sex offender staying below the radar.Is that common for sex offenders to be homeless so they don't have to provide an address?

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Posted by homeLess Empathizer
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

Yes this is a very interesting article. As long as there is even ONE homeless person in one of the richest places on Earth ( Pleasanton easily is in the 0.001% in the world ), this article is interesting.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Another one of our nation's problems that could be solved, if we had the national will to do so. We have the means, but not the collective will to do it!!

When our economy is down, as it is now, we need to help our fellow citizens. Shelter, food, clothes, transportation and medical care are all necessary to survive. Please do what you can to help others right now. Only kindness matters.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I sometimes get the impression that if we could save the money we waste on legal costs and morbidly-obese pensions in this fair town, everyone within the city limits could be unemployed and still live like kings off of the excess.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jan 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Can we count these people towards our court mandated goal for low income residents? Just asking.......

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Posted by Desiree
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

Mandy he is harmless he used to rent a place downtown till the owners decided to sell the building.

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I going to assume Zadie from Ruby Hill is a joke post, pray for us all in this town if this is the prevailing attitude.

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

John, I too am assuming "Zadie" is a joke. Mindless and poor taste by someone totally bored with their life but, hopefully, a joke.

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Posted by Once Homeless
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

If you were to hear my families story, you probably wouldn't believe it. But, regardless, we were homeless for a couple of months in 2011. Our lease had expired in the home we had been renting for several years, and because the rental market is in such high demand now, our landlords dramatically increased the rent to a rate we were unable to afford (and, I should mention here, both my spouse and I work full-time jobs in professional careers, and have two young children.) Anyway, we had a really hard time finding a place that was affordable (under $2000/month,) that allowed a dog, and that was in Pleasanton (we wanted to stay in the school district for stability for our kids.) On two occasions, we put down $ for an application fee, only to find out there were over 40 applicants for one unit. So, when our lease expired, we still had not found a place to live. We ended up putting all our things in storage, keeping a cooler full of food in the back of our car, and staying in different hotels (that we were able to book for less than $45/night on priceline,) for several months. We would move from hotel to hotel every couple of nights, and occasionally, if we couldn't find a room (like during a large swim meet or during the fair,) we would have to find a family members house to crash at. During our time doing this, we kept it pretty hidden from most people we knew. Eventually, we found a place and we felt very lucky, but I just hope everyone here in town can realize, homelessness is not just for people who are mentally ill, on drugs, or completely broke. The "homeless" family may just be the folks you see shopping with you at Safeway and their kids may sit next to your kids in class.

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Posted by Steve is an idiot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm


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Posted by Jesus loves you
a resident of another community
on May 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm

before we attack the homeless or unemployed for being "lazy and entitled" read this article. sure drugs are a major problem, and those quick to blame others often dont understand the circumstances. we are all part of a community and if able have a moral duty to help others in need. if people cant see that, then they wont be able to understand the whole picture. resources are limited. selfish competition against each others makes one rich while making another poor. thats how win lose works. thats the competitive economy in america.

if someone has more than they need then someone doesnt have enough

sometimes this is intentional but few realize it. if everyone had a job, someone couldnt get fired then replaced for poor performance at work. the conomy needs turnover. how can people not see that. so dont blame the poor when the economy requires people poor

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Posted by Marie Santos
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

I met someone living in the trees across the BMX park in Antioch he offered to take care of my pit bull that had to get out of my apartment. He came to my apartment and wouldn't leave, kept asking for money to buy beer, eating everything in my fridge and was mean to my dog, didn't help with the dishes. Later he got very aggressive and threatening, made me feel bad that I had what I did and felt entitled to stay at my place and take what he wanted at my place. Turns out he had several times spent in jail for assaults with great bodily injury, vandalism, and drugs. Was very scary and my desire to be a positive influence in his life was dwarfed by all sorts of emotions mainly anger out of fear. I mentioned the availability of help from the county but he was not interested, perhaps having a criminal record also kills his chances for help. He has a street named after his family in Livermore. He comes from a good family but something went wrong maybe not having an education and no desire to work doing something legal instead of stealing copper and his drug use, mental issues all contributed to his sad life. I believe he is capable of getting a job or even staying with family but perhaps he has done something to not want him around. I think he want's to find someone he can guilt into providing for him without benefit to the other person, make life worse for them as seen in his domestic violence cases as well. This is a very dangerous man lurking around Pleasanton looking to take what he wants and harm, all while feeling entitled. We can't get poor enough to make anyone rich. I've had to live off my car as well because I was in denial that this could happen to me. I was out of my meds thankfully the housing I had applied for 7 years prior kicked in after 2 months of renting a bed space for $350 in a house. Some neighbors I have neighbors who pay only $50 as their portion in housing... There are social services available to help people, we need to be humble and go after it, there are ways to survive if we are persistent, do something about or situation- I got a space because aside from paying I did work for them. I believe there are people who choose to live as a transient, there are people who refuse to do what it takes to make their lives better. The help is there we need to ask for it, we need to help ourselves... he was not the first person I know who aside from being uneducated and partial to do illegal things to earn money, they have a very bad attitude that turns off people from helping them. When you speak honestly to them about suggestions so they are not too much of a burden, they'll threaten you, then for the one that you thought needs you so much they couldn't possibly do anything shady to cut them off like stealing, turns out it was right not to trust them when you find your stuff missing. Perhaps not all homeless people are like this- I certainly was not when I was homeless, I did what I could to make people want me to be around not fear me and force me out. The psychology of a homeless person makes a big difference- it's not all on the indifference of the people who know the homeless person. It would be interesting to know the percentage of the chronically homeless are a danger to others in the community. It's a bad combination to be spoiled with no ambition, full of resentment towards others who won't help them without concern for the reason why they are ostracized for the way they oppress others- like it was a crime that they have more. Perhaps life has to teach them a few more lessons in humility and a change in attitude towards a feeling of entitlement and a disgust for any act of service they can give like they are being taken advantage of... I think homelessness becomes a lifestyle choise at a point.

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Posted by wiseowl
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

California is headed for a big wakeup call, with rents and homes prices' going so high, you are going to see more homeless families. People are leaving Pleasanton and the bay area because they can not afford to pay the high rent here. I just want to know one thing, who is going to do the low paying jobs in the bay area? The freeways are clogged all of the time from people coming to work, and going back to the valley!!! This is pure madness, but the rich people are having a grand time. MUST BE NICE, ENJOY WHILE IT LAST.