Neighborhood

19 Feb 19
Journey to the Tahoe Rim Trail

When training for a big upcoming backpacking trip, it’s a good idea to test out your gear ahead of time. That way when things go afowl, you’re not in a pickle out on the trail. Now, my gear failure does not pertain to backpacking per se, but I am glad I found out that my […]

19 Feb 19
LuLu's Environmental Design Blog

Today, in Environmental Design 4B our guest lecturer Rohit Tak spoke about his work using tactical urbanism to improve pedestrian conditions in Mumbai. So first off, what is tactical urbanism? Tactical urbanism is a city, organizational, or citizen-led approach tot neighborhood building and project delivery using short term, low-cost, and scalable projects intended to catalyze […]

19 Feb 19
Managerial Cases

Case Study on Swiggy : Business Model, New Competitors and Marketing Strategies Swiggy is food ordering and delivering company based in Bangalore. It provides a single window for ordering from a wide range of restaurants and have their own exclusive fleet of delivery personnel pick up orders from restaurants and deliver it to customers.It is […]

19 Feb 19
jdanielhessblog

February 18, 2019 This is a diary kind of day, actually a diary kind of week — a lot of stuff, some of it quite significant or at least consequential, yet convoluted enough to discourage smooth coherent writing. Some words. Some phrases. Quite a few empty spaces. It begins with a family member’s slip on […]

19 Feb 19
MEis' PaSSiOnS

Since I was a little girl I like running. I used to ran all over my house and neighborhood but my parents were too busy to take me to the actual sport. I remembered that my passion about cross country began when my older sister started practicing it. I loved going to her practices at […]

19 Feb 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
SANTA CRUZ — The fate of a large, unsanctioned Santa Cruz homeless camp hangs in the balance. The city and county of Santa Cruz recently approved a plan to close the camp behind the Gateway Plaza shopping center by March 15, planning to offer its estimated 150 residents beds at a range of new, renewed and expanded emergency shelters. But the Santa Cruz City Council voted to re-evaluate its approval at two upcoming meetings prior to the planned closure. The encampment has raised public health and safety concerns from neighbors and officials due to the high concentration of homeless residents in a sprawl of tents and tarps spread across area roughly the size of a football field behind Gateway Plaza and adjacent to the San Lorenzo River levee — reminiscent of a similar encampment that formed nearby in San Lorenzo Park last year. An estimated 150 homeless people are living in tents behind the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) But so far, little has been heard from the camp residents themselves. This week, some camp residents agreed to share their own views on the camp’s closure and whether they would be willing to move to an emergency shelter bed, if offered. Homeless and living in a tent in the camp, 50-year-old Shannan Vudmaska said she has little interest in staying in an emergency shelter bed. “I have a dog, I have belongings, I have friends,” Vudmaska said. “I’m supposed to give up all those things to go into a shelter, go into housing — and be back out here in two years.” A longtime area resident whose son, she said, graduated from Scotts Valley High, Vudmaska said she has been homeless for six years following a domestic violence incident. She said she continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress and sees no clear path forward out of homelessness. Only service animals are allowed at multiple area shelters, a definition it’s not clear Vudmaska’s pet dog could meet. At least some of her personal possessions could likely be stored at an existing Day and Night Storage Program, however. Jeremy Floodman, 31, said he was one of the first to set up camp behind the Gateway Plaza late in October. He said he might be willing to try out a shelter bed if he is forced to pack up and leave, but he sees rules like an early nightly curfew as untennable for himself and most camp residents. “These people, I don’t think they really care about if they have a bed for them,” Floodman said of his fellow camp residents. “We find beds ourselves. It’s more about having the freedom and a place to call our own — not fenced up and feeling like we’re locked up.” Jeremy Floodman, 31, grew up in the Santa Cruz area and went to Soquel High. He presently lives in a large tent with two others at the homeless encampment behind Gateway Plaza. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Enforced curfews at emergency shelters are necessary especially when the shelters are in residential neighborhoods as is the VFW shelter in Live Oak, according to Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin. “We’re a neighbor, and like everyone who lives within that neighborhood, we abide by certain norms,” Hoppin wrote in an email, responding to concerns raised by Vudmaska and other camp residents. “That being said, we are not opposed to lower-barrier shelters if the setting and circumstances are appropriate,” he added, citing low-barrier models up and running in San Francisco and Sacramento that are showing signs of success. Those kinds of sheltering models will be explored moving forward, he said, but not before the planned camp closure. Robin Flanigan, 52, was visiting her sister at the camp Wednesday. Herself homeless, Flanigan said she lives elsewhere in her van. She said she is skeptical about the plan to open and expand shelters and wishes officials engaged in a more meaningful dialogue with camp residents before making decisions on their behalf. “Do they send anybody down here? No they don’t. Do they really truly talk to any of us to see what will work for us? No they don’t,” she said. “So they just do what they feel is best for us, and meanwhile, it doesn’t solve anything.” Robin Flanigan, 52, lives in her van while her sister is living in the Ross camp. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Both the Santa Cruz police chief and Mayor Martine Watkins have reportedly visited the camp and spoken with residents. Health-related visits have been made multiple times per week, according to county officials, and an outreach effort about the new emergency shelter beds is planned this week, but it’s unclear exactly what that effort will look like. The camp residents acknowledge there are problems with the status quo. Theft of personal possessions is said to be common. Its residents acknowledge that many there are addicted to drugs, and at least one person died at the camp of drug overdose in recent months. “Do I think this (camp) is a good idea? No I don’t, because I don’t think being on public display is healthy for any of us,” Vudmaska said. “But I do think there should be an area that’s decriminalized so we can have some stability.” Floodman said he, too, understands the public health and safety concerns raised by the camp, but he thinks those issues could be solved with better organization. “I know there are some problems that need to get fixed, but if we could get together — get a leader, a mayor, organize it a little bit and shake out the rough edges — I think it could work.” Vudmaska added that she supports a day center model that would provide services such as showers, phone charging and storage. No day center service is currently available in Santa Cruz County, but such services may be included in a proposed all-day shelter for 100 people that officials hope to open July 1. Another camp resident, who would only identify himself by his nickname, Popeye, shared a very different problem he’s experienced with shelter beds. “They haven’t actually separated out the snorers,” he said. “I swear to god, I will sleep in the river — when you’re locked up and have people snoring, it’s like a hurricane.” Closing the Santa Cruz homeless, according to Hoppin, remains important for public health and safety reasons even in the face of resistance from its homeless residents. “Providing safe alternatives to encampments is the best option for both homeless individuals and the community,” he said in an email. But Flanigan, and others, don’t think the emergency shelter beds will be used by many of the camp’s residents. So what happens if the camp is closed March 15? “We’ll go to the next place,” she said. “Just like we always have.”
19 Feb 19
mattandbethtravels

Whenever we don’t feel like packing up the car and driving to the mountains, we explore neighborhoods around town and call it urban hiking. Mt. Tabor Mt. Tabor is a park on a dormant volcano located in Southeast Portland. We venture over here every once in a while to walk around the trails and let […]

19 Feb 19
BCNN1 WP

The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a man on a motorcycle drove […]

19 Feb 19
Dunleath Community Garden

This is my second attempt at starting a blog for the garden so we’d have a record of posts. We are missing many wonderful members of the garden, including our old friend C.A.T., though I still feel his presence and can’t help expecting him to jump out through the plants when I’m weeding. I hope […]

19 Feb 19
Southern Rogue

Frequently, we are asked about the state of the housing market and what the future holds. Middle Tennessee has also been fortunate in its growth. As the City of Nashville becomes a hub of the south, the surrounding areas are affected through housing and labor. Nashville was recently named an emerging leader in the housing […]

19 Feb 19
The Practice of Susbandry

February 18, 2019 Okay, let’s get some details on the page. My therapist really disliked leaving his home besides for work. He lived alone after his wife died in childbirth. He was in college at the time for his degree in psychology and found that helping others helped himself. He often spoke of how depression […]

19 Feb 19
Ginrich's Devotional Blog

Luke 10:2 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (NIV) It takes more than praying for more harvesters or workers for the Kingdom of God.  It takes us, ourselves, being a harvester.  God may […]

19 Feb 19
FOX2now.com

LAS VEGAS (KVVU) — A hawk swooped in and attacked a Summerlin family’s puppy. It happened on Friday right in their own backyard. Lulu the toy Yorkie isn’t even a year old. She weighs just two pounds. When Cecilia Celis let Lulu out, she said she shut the door and looked away. Little did she […]