Arcata’s Homeless Task Force co-opted by anti-homeless Bigots

The 14-person homeless task force, of which 2 persons represent the unhoused, divided into sub-committees to take on the various issues at hand. Of particular interest is the sub-committee intended to address “human rights,” including Arcata’s unconstitutional anti-camping ordinance which has been recently defeated twice in court. Instead, the committee renamed themselves the “community impact” commmittee, and are working with Humboldt State University to distribute a survey proposing a change in the law to require CASE MANAGEMENT in exchange for services.


16 Responses to “Arcata’s Homeless Task Force co-opted by anti-homeless Bigots”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You completely failed to make your case for the existence of “anti-homeless Bigots” on the task force.

  2. Jeff Says:

    I agree with anon on this one. An inflammatory headline above unrevealing text. Neither informative nor agitating. What is your goal?

  3. the PLAZOID Says:

    If you read the Arcata Eye (local tabloid) regularly, which I do not recommend, you might have noticed a couple of full-page letters to the editor that were written by Homeless Task Force members Virgil Davis (an emergency room doctor) and Mar Leppanen (representiing the “community at large” and listed previous work at a psychiatric hospital as experience that qualified him to be on the Homeless Task Force).

    Dr. Virgil Davis claims in his letter that “almost all of the negative impact on our community” by the mhomeless population is caused by those that are “homeless by choice either as ‘urban travellers’ or ‘homeless activists.'” Sorry Virgil, that’s bullshit.
    There’s plenty more bullshit from Virgil, but this is just a blogspot, and I don’t feel compelled to repeat any of it.

    Mark Leppanen confuses “wisdom on the street” with “conspiracy theories and rumors of environmental collapse.” Apparently the “greater society” that he repeatedly tries to lure his target audience towards is not an informed one.

    Meanwhile, these and other housed members of the task force have prevented the “homeless activists” from EVEN DISCUSSING whether or not to support keeping the Arcata Service Center open at a task force meeting(the city council will vote on this the day before the next task force meeting).

    Take a look at the Humboldt State University survey that the prof Jane Hoschuh wanted to circulate:

    I like to keep the main post brief and allow plenty of room for comment. Thank you for your interest.

  4. Jeff Says:

    Cool. Thanks for the links. I’m going camping, but I’ll try to find time to read them when I get back.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting comments, but I hardly would label these people bigots. I’m sorry, but do you expect a task force to be filled with a bunch of Yes Men? The Task Force would not be complete if it didn’t offer dissenting viewpoints so that a solution is arrived at somewhere in the middle. I’m sure that upsets the Cult of M, but the rest of us want to find a middle ground.

  6. the PLAZOID Says:

    “Cult of M”? I do not know what you are referring to…anyhow, you have not put together a very good defense for these two.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Defense? There’s nothing to defend. They expressed their opinion and you called them bigots. You have the case that is yet to be made when you sling these insults around as often as my 5-year-old son calls his sister a poopyhead. Your liberal totalitarianism destroys your credibility even when you are addressing a valid issue. There is a deep end, and you are always in it.

  8. the PLAZOID Says:
    a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

    When someone on the Homeless Service Plan Task Force calls for running homeless people out of town who disagree with their politricks, and are willing to tell lies and publish inflamatory derogatory remarks that are pure sensationalism, scapegoating and hate-mongering in the local tabloid (Arcata Eye), it does not make sense to just sit back and let it happen. Someone needs to call the bullshitters on their bullshit.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Funny, I didn’t see that in their letters.

  10. the PLAZOID Says:

    to “anonymous”: see letter from Dr. Virgil Davis printed in the Arcata Eye June 7th, 2005.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    I have read the letter. I am politely expressing that you have jumped off the deep end.

  12. the PLAZOID Says:

    well sorry “anonymous,” but I’ve quoted EXACT words from the letters from Dr. Virgil Davis and Mark Leppenan. It doesn’t really get much more obvious, but just for a laugh, check out the “PUSH POLL” being conducted by Dr. Jane Hoschuh of the Humboldt State University team. The original version is published on the net at:

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah, the “push poll” looks pretty good. Maybe a little tweaking is needed, but all around pretty good. You do realize that you’re not just on the extreme left, but you are simply off-the-charts, right?

    P.S. Go ahead and refer to me as Anonymous with a capital A without quotes. Or I’ll have to begin referring to you as “Plazoid,” to point out that you are as equally anonymous, equally gutless to stand behind your own words.

  14. breathing Says:

    how much is your pay, “anonymous”, for rebuking these posts?

    “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
    Thomas Jefferson to P.S. Dupont de Nemours, 1816

    “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
    Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  15. breathing Says:

    yes, the ‘push poll’ would look good to one of your kind….

    Q: What kind is that?

    A: Inhuman Industrialist.

  16. Blazingstar Says:

    “Libera” Arcata is becoming more like fascist Santa Barbara every day. How sad a university community is turning into another heartless American town where the haves worship the Almighty Dollar while claiming to have love and compassion for all humanity.

    What they really mean is all humanity except the poor and oppressed. ruben botello sr.

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