Malibu, a Sanctuary City with 21 miles of coastline and a population of only 12,900, is dealing with a recent influx of homeless people with all the highminded even-handed idealism that you would expect from our leading moral arbiters of the entertainment industry. From the Los Angeles Times:
By GALE HOLLAND
NOV 24, 2017 | 7:35 AM
Being homeless in Malibu is different.
I’ll say. The average low during January nights is 51 degrees and the average high during August days is 71.
Nancy Rosenquist told the City Council of huddling behind a dumpster and listening to Lady Gaga record a song in an adjacent building.
For 17 years, religious groups fed homeless people, and the city and private donors put up hundreds of thousands of dollars for social workers to find them housing and services.
But Malibu United Methodist Church — facing pressure from the city — in recent weeks took a U-turn, deciding twice-weekly dinners for homeless people would stop after Thanksgiving. The cutoff came after city officials summoned organizers and suggested they were attracting more homeless people and making the problem worse.
Standing on Stone, a Christian outreach group, helped host the dinners at Malibu United Methodist Church before they were shut down. The group had already been forced to move three other times because of complaints. …
After the Metro’s Expo Line opened to Santa Monica last year, neighbors began complaining of mentally ill and rough-looking characters camping at the beach and hanging out near schools.
“A homeless person was taking a shower in the girls locker room in middle school — that wasn’t real good,” said Gary Peterson, a retired developer and hotelier who quit the church’s board of trustees over the meal issue. “Providing dinner is a nice thing to do and a good thing, but it’s the location.”
Did the homeless person identify as female? If so, what’s your problem about the girl’s locker room, you transphobe.
Some homeless people believed residents were reacting against an influx of African Americans from Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. Malibu is 90% white.