The “Bum Fight” going on in Ocean Beach these last few days has now gone viral. It’s the top story on the Union-Tribune’s online publication, signonsandiego this morning.
Now the intolerance for the homeless in OB is now out there – for all to see. The whole world will now know the hypocrisy in Ocean Beach – a community known for its laid-back attitude, care-free lifestyles and tolerance for everyone and anyone. OB has all kinds of people here and has over the decades, from college students to bikers, from retired people to sailors, from middle-aged hippies to professionals, from rednecks to radicals, from suits to sandals, from judges to …. homeless.
I grew up in OB and have been surfing the local waves since I was 13. I was also a hippie here in 68, 69,70,71, 72, 73…. you get the picture – for awhile. And there’s always been people upset with the street people, the transients, the youthful travelers. Local merchants were always the people on the front lines of the assault on street people – the same complaints were heard in 1969 about the street people that we’re hearing now about the homeless.
‘They are frightening the tourists’ – they panhandle too aggressively, they’re dirty, filthy, ….’
And today – in the midst of the worst economic down-turn in this country’s history since the Great Depression – you know the days of the tramps and hobos and Oakies – you know, the people who were OUR GRANDPARENTS! – our little, quaint, seaside village is being inundated with people without jobs. Hmmm, wonder why.
A recent commenter to one of our earlier posts on this subject, said “these people need to get a job,” speaking about the homeless. Jobs? Are there any jobs out there? The unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in 20 years. I was unemployed for a year and half.
We have a problem and we need to come together as a community. This problem of homelessness didn’t start in OB and it won’t end here, but let’s have a community forum, address the problems in a civilized manner, get City Hall involved, rope in local churches – which have been feeding the homeless bums for awhile now – THOSE DAMN CHRISTIANS~! Don’t they know better?!
I’m not a Christian but I sure appreciate those churches who do that and people like Lupe Haley who feeds the homeless and hungry every Monday in OB.
Here’s the U-T/ signonsandiego post:
“Please don’t feed our bums”
Controversial bumper stickers target young, roaming and aggressive type of transients
By John Wilkens / Union-Tribune / June 18, 2010
Ocean Beach has always had a thing for bumper stickers. “Coexist” is a popular one. “Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Mind” is another. And there’s this classic in counterculture bravado: “U.S. Out of O.B.”
Now, a new sticker is raising eyebrows and tempers along the community’s main commercial drag, Newport Avenue, causing some to wonder what’s happening to the scruffy town’s legendary “live and let live” vibe.
“Welcome to Ocean Beach,” the sticker reads. “Please Don’t Feed Our Bums.”
A homeless controversy in O.B.? Yes, and it started, of all places, in a head shop.
That would be The Black, which has been around for 40 years and sells much more than “tobacco” paraphernalia these days. Ken Anderson, an employee there, got together with a friend a few weeks ago and came up with the idea for the stickers, which he had printed and now sells in the store.
For the remainder of the story, go here.