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Posted on April 14 at 11:14 a.m.
First - PathPoint is a non-profit organization not a "company." Saying "company" suggests that the purpose of the organization is to make a profit for the CEO and shareholders. Any profits made for a non-profit go directly back into making the organization stronger and better at serving its mission.
Second: Yes, enrollments in DCs are down, but that doesn't excuse the fact that the services they provide are horrific, have been horrific for years, and that the state has repeatedly doubled down on funding those services. Regardless, the disparity between the cost of DCs vs. community based providers cannot be dismissed away based on this one bit of information. And you miss the point of the messaging here anyway: 13 horrific deaths due to complete incompetence followed by an attempted cover-up by the state.
Third: $25,000 a year for service is not money sent to the pockets of individuals for them to live off of. It is money spent by the state to pay for private vendors to provide community based supports. And, to answer your question - Supported Living Services is a 24/7 community based service that on average costs around $25,000 a year to provide per individual. Don't believe me? Look it up.
Finally: People who have been released from DCs are already living in the community around you every day. As you so astutely noted, there are no new enrollments to DCs and there has been some movement to remove those already living in them in recent years (though, not nearly enough). Yes, developmental centers still offer some services that most community based providers cannot, but that is not due to unwillingness. It is due to lack of funding and lack of initiative on the side of the state to change. The Lanterman act was passed in 1969 precisely because of the inhumane treatment of these vulnerable people who were living in DCs. So far the state under Gov. Brown's leadership (twice) has failed to live up to the its obligations spelled out in that act.
If you believe that PathPoint or other organizations like it do not put individuals’ service first then I challenge to arrange a visit to one of their sites. You might find yourself surprised by how selfless people working there are - including the leaders of those organizations. If you really want to see the truth then I challenge to you follow that visit with one to one of the remaining DCs so you can have truly comparative experience.
But, I highly doubt that you will do that or even read this entire entry because I suspect that you are nothing more than an anonymous troll looking for reasons to be angry and accusatory in a public forum. If you really want to make a difference in this debate I suggest you get out from behind your computer screen, step out into the real world and volunteer some time to effect some actual change in people's lives.
Thanks, and please don't expect any other responses from me.
On A Better Way to Care
Posted on April 6 at 11 a.m.
They need one somewhere between Alamar and Mission, too.
On New Signal at Arrellaga Street
Posted on February 19 at 9:46 p.m.
Rich white people come in to "fix things" and just don't understand why all the poor brown folk don't fall in line...
All the people with the BID needed to do was a little bit of grassroots outreach and this could have gone much differently. What you are seeing here, folks, is a bit of insight into the serious socioeconomic chasms that exist in this little "paradise" we call home. Of course many of the brilliant minds on this forum will find a way to blame the immigrants...or maybe they'll just tell working class people they don't belong here.
On Tensions Roiling over Milpas Plan
Posted on February 12 at 12:04 p.m.
The best point I have heard in this debate was that even libertarian's agree that the government has a role in protecting the wellbeing of it's citizens. Also, every ounce of "science" that has suggested that vaccines are harmful or dangerous in any way has been debunked. Put those two together and there is no intelligent or logical reason that vaccines should not be 100% mandatory.
On Should vaccinations for kindergartners be mandatory?
Posted on February 10 at 4:12 p.m.
It is pretty sad that this even needs to be addressed. It is just common courtesy to clean up after your pet! It used to p me off so much when people would leave their pet's mess behind when I lived on a busy corner. I even posted signs - which got pulled down repeatedly as if I were the bad guy.
I totally agree with sdp that the city needs more trash cans in neighborhoods. And of course JarvisJarvis made this into a "big bad gov'ment oogabooga" issue.
On Help Close the Poop Loop
Posted on February 2 at 3:52 p.m.
My understanding is that concerns are not so much about the benefits of forming a BID, but whether the formation process will be equitable. Also, there is some suspicion about the group trying to form the BID and what their true motivations are. In other words - does "clean up the Milpas corridor" actually mean "make the eastside whiter?"
On To BID or Not to BID
Posted on January 29 at 10:01 a.m.
Oh please, just because race is involved doesn't mean the topic is "racists." Racism requires history - specifically a history of segregation, oppression, and discrimination. None of the above apply for white folks.
On Girding for District Elections
Posted on January 28 at 10:07 a.m.
JohnTieber you are the problem.
On Cases of Measles Increase Across California
Posted on January 23 at 10:49 a.m.
I suspect that the members of the MCA and the business owners who support them are primarily of the lighter skinned and first language English persuasion...Perhaps they should reach out to a more diverse group of business owners and neighbors if they want to expand their influence and impact on the east side.
On The Eastside Assessment Reaches Beyond Milpas
Posted on December 21 at 2:25 p.m.
I find it interesting that the mayor is being so heavily criticized for simply trying to assure that the project is done right and with the aspects that CalTrans originally agreed to. What's the point of undertaking a 20 year project if it isn't done right?
I suspect all these loud voices are motivated by something other than just getting a third lane on the highway...
On Highway Project Promises to Ruin City Traffic