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Notes on Forestalling Social Unrest in California . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written on 12 April 2018; published on 6 December 2019

  • THOUGHTS ON PROVIDING STAGE ONE WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA HOMELESS AT LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, IN EXCHANGE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES
    • Prison Work Programs for Less Than a Dollar an Hour
      • Prison Release Work Camps.
    • A Stage One Consideration in Employing California’s Homeless at Less Than the Minimum Wage
  • THOUGHTS ON SLOWING THE SPREAD OF HIV AND AIDS IN PRISONS
    • On Isolating HIV-Positive Prison Populations in Cell Blocks, Together with HIV-Positive Prison Guards
    • Conjugal Visits
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF IMMIGRANTS TO THE UNITED STATES, COMPARED TO THAT IN CHINA
    • How China Deals with an Influx of Minimally Employable People from North Korea
    • How the United States Deals with an Influx of Minimally Employable People from Mexico
  • CONCLUSION

Dear Ones,

I wrote up these notes in April 2018, with a hope that I would soon finish them off. More than a year later, I have to figure I may never get round to that. I apologize to my reader that they are presented here in outline form …

THOUGHTS ON PROVIDING STAGE ONE WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA HOMELESS AT LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, IN EXCHANGE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES

I have a thought that Stage One work might be provided the California homeless at less than minimum wage, in exchange for social services such as State One housing, necessary medical treatment, food, and temporary housing.

I note we have precedents in paying less than the minimum wage, here in America: Commission sales work, work on small farms, and newspaper delivery, for instance …

Link: “When Must Employers Pay the Minimum Wage?, updated by Sachi Barreiro, Attorney, at NOLO … https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/employers-pay-minimum-wage-law-29600.html ..

Prison Work Programs for Less Than a Dollar an Hour

Then there is the special instance of prison labor, where inmates have the voluntary option to work, for less than $1 an hour …

Link: “How Much Do Incarcerated People Earn in Each State?” by Wendy Sawyer, 10 April 2017, in Prison Policy Initiative … https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2017/04/10/wages/ ..

Thus we have a precedent, in the exceptional circumstance of incarceration, for offering work at a great deal less than the minimum wage. Could we build upon this precedent by offering work training to our felons or released felons or homeless, at far less than minimum wage?

If the precedent might be stretched in this way, then we might have the setting for an economic bounce-back, here in California, as greater numbers of the currently unemployed are able to find employment.

Prison Release Work Camps. I am thinking that something like this might be good if, for lack of funds, we have to release the prison population. For those who are ‘unregenerate’ … to use an old-time term … work camps might be set up or ‘rough and tumble’ work might be provided as an alternative to imprisonment, at greatly less than the minimum wage. This topic I discussed in a little more detail here …

Link: “Ought the United States, like North Korea, Have Forced Labor?” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 21 May 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-cQw ..

A Stage One Consideration in Employing California’s Homeless at Less Than the Minimum Wage

Here is a Stage One consideration: Let’s try to figure out some way to get around the minimum wage, for people who are unhomed, and who are receiving extra social services, in the event the United States government is not able to participate, here in California, in ameliorating the situation, and easing the social unrest.

For instance, could we offer something more akin to prison labor … voluntary labor, and a very small wage, in exchange for housing and food and medical care? Could we offer that, in camps especially set up for that?

What would be the long-term situation with regard to those that California cannot now find work for at minimum wage, and who must find work? If employment at less than minimum wage in exchange for social services were to be offered as a temporary, short-term Phase One, then what would be Phases Two and Three?

THOUGHTS ON SLOWING THE SPREAD OF HIV AND AIDS IN PRISONS

On Isolating HIV-Positive Prison Populations in Cell Blocks, Together with HIV-Positive Prison Guards

In United States prisons, HIV tests might be used to separate the HIV-positive prison populations … and the HIV-positive prison guards … physically, from those prisoners and guards who are HIV-negative. These tests need to be performed every 6 months, as I understand it, and also one month after possible exposure to the virus. HIV tests might be made routine in prison medical facilities, not only for the safety of prisoners and guards, but also for the sake of the infectable law-abiding populations upon whom prisoners might prey, either as prostitutes or as sexual predators, after their release.

Conjugal Visits

I think that, to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS amongst United States prison populations, we ought to consider allowing conjugal or significant other visits in our federal prisons, and in those state prisons that currently do not do so.

Conjugal visits might lead to less intercourse amongst inmates, and less intercourse between inmates and prison guards, so that HIV might spread more slowly amongst the prison population. I feel that conjugal visits might also lead to less violence amongst prisoners.

Such a policy also might help prisoners who have been in long-time-paired relationships to preserve those relationships while imprisoned. It might help families stay together through the financial hardship of imprisonment of a parent, and that might positively affect community life.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF IMMIGRANTS TO THE UNITED STATES, COMPARED TO THAT IN CHINA

I have been perusing the “CIA World Factbook” online …

Link: “World Factbook,” by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) … https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ ..

… and have found it full of information pertinent to forestalling social unrest in California. For instance, from my reading, it seems to me that the human trafficking of immigrants to China from North Korea in our lifetime is, in some ways, analogous to the human trafficking of immigrants to the United States from Mexico.

How China Deals with an Influx of Minimally Employable People from North Korea

Apparently, there are masses of people in North Korea, whom the government forces into forced labor in China …

“… North Korea does not fully comply with minimum standards for the elimination of [human] trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; the government continued to participate in human trafficking through its use of domestic forced labor camps and the provision of forced labor to foreign governments through bilateral contracts; officials did not demonstrate any efforts to address human trafficking through prosecution, protection, or prevention measures; no known investigations, prosecutions, or convictions of trafficking offenders or officials complicit in trafficking-related offenses were conducted; the government also made no efforts to identify or protect trafficking victims and did not permit NGOs to assist victims (2015) …” –from Link: “CIA World Factbook, North Korea,” in the section: Transnational Issues … Subheading: Trafficking in personshttps://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain

Korean people also may flee to China of their own free will so as to escape starvation …

“… risking arrest, imprisonment, and deportation, tens of thousands of North Koreans cross into China to escape famine, economic privation, and political oppression … –from Link: “CIA World Factbook, North Korea,” in the section: Transnational Issues … subheading: Disputes – International https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain

Those types of labor available to trafficked peoples sometimes may be beneath the level of misery that is acceptable here in the United States …

Link: “Trafficking in Persons Report June 2017,” by United States of America Department of State … https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=801874This is a pdf download.

It might be prostitution. It might be illegal activities such as theft. It might be begging. They might be held by gangs that are ‘beneath the law’ and forced to be members of those gangs. This, to me, is unacceptable.

How the United States Deals with an Influx of Minimally Employable People from Mexico

The situation with immigrants from North Korean to China is analogous, in some regards, to the situation with immigrants from Mexico to the United States. Immigrants from Mexico are not forced by the United States government into inhumane kinds of labor, but they may find themselves in those kinds of situations … living In dug-out caves in the Earth, for instance. And doing seasonal, migrant labor. Or young women or children may find themselves forced into lives of prostitution by pimps.

One thing we might look at, going forward, is how job training might be offered new immigrants, here in the United States, so as to broaden the scope of job opportunities for which they are eligible. This type of job training is doubly beneficial: It helps raise the living standard of immigrants; and it helps lessen the spiritual burden of human trafficking in the United States and uplift our nation through good works in our community.

The philanthropy we offer those caught in the throes of human trafficking is a kindness we offer our children as well, for they will look forward to a better educated community through whose informed choices may be sculpted a brighter tomorrow for all America.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, I feel that Los Angeles in particular, due to such stressors as homelessness and released felons, faces the spectre of social unrest at present. What to do? I feel we must look at what other countries do when faced with these stressors. We must not turn away from innovative solutions simply because we feel they are beneath us, as Americans.

I feel it is because we feel this: that the lesser good we are able to provide the homeless and released felons is beneath us, and unworthy of them, that we have found ourselves for ten years to be in stalemate as a city.

We are unable to provide the level of benefits and care that has been, with hopeful optimism, voted into California law. Massive problems lie before us, and have done so for 10 years now. California is a Sanctuary State for those fleeing from downright extermination in the crueler states of our great Union.

Though we are that to many, we have not the funds to help those seeking sanctuary in the manner afforded the homeless, the helpless, those seeking shelter, food, and work in days of old.

Here in Los Angeles we must make bold to provide what we may to those who have nothing at all. Though it be against the laws of our nation, and against those of our State, we must do what we can. We must offer what we may. We must open our hearts, still our doubts, and come up with sensible, novel solutions to the new problems that lie before us.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Video: “Everyone In–Supportive Housing Across L.A.,” by Everyone In LA, 8 March 2018 …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=22&v=QnZWabk8mO0 ..

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Ground Zero: How Will an Insolvent California House Its Homeless? . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 21  May 2019

  • WHAT IS CALIFORNIA REALISTICALLY ABLE TO PROVIDE ITS HOMELESS RIGHT NOW?
    • Favelas as Housing?
    • Cardboard Packing Crate, or Old Tire Housing
    • Free Zone with Offer of Landfill Building Materials
  • CONCLUSION

Dear Ones,

It is possible that the slow roll of the HIV – AIDS pandemic will provide relief from the California housing crisis over time, by slowing or halting population growth over the next 10 or 20 years. But in the meantime, we have a homeless problem that is impossible to solve, using the current measuring stick for adequate housing, because the solutions put forth are too costly, considering the state of the California budget.

Have we not done next to nothing for some years now, because we have not the money on hand to live up to our expectations in housing the homeless? And in the meantime, they are suffering and dying on our streets, right beneath our gaze.

Clearly, we must give up our grand expectations, and find what we are able to do, and do that … even if it be the humblest gesture … right now. Let us start from what we are able to do, rather than what we think we ought to do … And provide some form of housing, no matter how humble, for our unhoused population.

WHAT IS CALIFORNIA REALISTICALLY ABLE TO PROVIDE ITS HOMELESS RIGHT NOW?

Considering the harsh reality of the existence of an uncountable number of Californians housed in the dirt, and working in the earth: What can we do right now, starting from ground zero, to improve that situation? We might look at what other countries too poor to help their indigent in a grand way yet may offer as Stage One housing.

Favelas as Housing? For instance, at the very least, can we provide for our homeless land set aside for a favela-type existence, as is available in the poor sectors of Brazilian cities?

Image: “The favelas of Niteroi, Brazil – March 2011″ … https://i.pinimg.com/736x/78/b4/02/78b402c949b17c32daacd2918c6ff2db–favelas-brazil.jpg ..

Cardboard Packing Crate, or Old Tire Housing. If cardboard, packing crate, or old-tire housing works for the unhomed in Tijuana, maybe we could provide that type of housing here …

Image: “Tijuana Houses: Slums and City” … https://i.pinimg.com/originals/aa/2a/b2/aa2ab250bc938f04d2da53d11c090dac.jpg ..

Free Zone with Offer of Landfill Building Materials. Are we able to rummage through our landfills, and find building materials that they can use? Is this a possibility?

Might we establish a free zone, where they can build and squat? And might we haul in building materials from our dumps so that they can use them?

CONCLUSION

This I see as an urgently necessary in the solution of the homeless dilemma: To find the homeless a safe place to be, no matter how humble. We must start where we are, and do what we can, even if it be no more than that which the underdeveloped nations are able to provide their homeless and indigent populations.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Video: “Everyone In–Supportive Housing Across L.A.,” by Everyone In LA, 8 March 2018 …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=22&v=QnZWabk8mO0 ..

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Call to Action: Carrington Effect on Transportation . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 9 September 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Carrington Effect and Transportation Worldwide
    • Effect on People Who Are Homebound and on Oxygen
    • Advantage of Owning an Older Car with Less Susceptible Electrical and Electronic Parts … and a Bicycle or Foot-Powered Scooter
    • Public Water Supply May Fail
    • Thoughts on Storing and Cooking Food
    • What If Parents Are Stranded at Their Workplace, and Children at Their Schools, as a Result of a Midday Strike of the Carrington Effect?
      • Highrises May Be Rendered Uninhabitable
    • Shall We Establish Community Granaries?
    • On Planning to Repurpose Our Military Might to the Home Front in the Event of a Natural Disaster Such as a Carrington Event
  • MORE INFORMATION
    • Effects of Solar Flares on Vehicles
    • Effects of Solar Flares on GPS and Phones
    • Effects of Solar Flares on Off-Grid Solar Power Systems
    • On Solar Flares and Carrington Events – SuspiciousObservers and NASA
    • Alice’s Blogs on Solar Flares and Carrington Events
  • ASTROGEOPHYSICAL AND SOLAR FLARE DATA

Dear Ones, Here is a video on mitigating transportation issues with regard to a Carrington Effect. A Summary follows the video. There is a reading list at the end of the blog.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I have a topic to discuss that I have been putting off … Please excuse me. It has to do with the likelihood of a Carrington effect, and the short-term consequences resulting from that, due to the fact that, here in the United States, we are very technologically oriented and electronics oriented.

As you may know, in 2012 Pete Riley of Predictive Science, San Diego, CA, calculated the probability of a Carrington event in the next 10 years at approximately 12%; here is the paper …

Link: “On the probability of occurrence of extreme space weather events,” by Pete Riley, in “Space Weather,” received 16 September 2011; revised 18 November 2011; accepted 22 December 2011; published 23 February 2012;  Vol. 10, S02012, doi:10.1029/2011SW000734 … https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2011SW000734 … 2012 … http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011SW000734/pdf ..

Carrington Effect and Transportation Worldwide

I would like to put forth the notion that a Carrington Effect, in addition to the damage that it might do to the power grids … making gasoline unavailable here in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, for weeks, months, or possibly, years … might also instantaneously halt transportation here in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, because of the electronics in the engines and in the systems of cars now.

My question is: Would a Carrington effect most likely destroy sensitive electrical and electronic mechanisms in cars … such as ignition coils, generators, mechanical distributors, and starting motors … making it no longer possible for transportation to take place?

So this is a Call to Action regarding mitigation of that possibility. What can we do, to prepare ourselves for lack of transportation for, say, a week or two weeks, or maybe an extended length of time?

Effect on People Who Are Homebound and on Oxygen

For instance, with lack of transportation, one of the things that might happen is that people who are homebound and on oxygen are no longer able to obtain oxygen. They need to talk over this possibility with their healthcare providers, and try to keep on hand additional, emergency containers of oxygen.

I know this is possible because, for instance, in snowbound areas, as I recall, Medicare will provide those kinds of large containers, full of oxygen, in case the electricity goes down. I would like to suggest that all people who are on oxygen have those containers on hand, because of the likelihood of the Carrington Effect affecting transportation, and making it difficult or impossible for replacement oxygen canisters to be delivered to homes for some length of time.

Advantage of Owning an Older Car with Less Susceptible Electrical and Electronic Parts … and a Bicycle or Foot-Powered Scooter

If you are able, or have the money, or if you are thinking of trading to a new car, may I suggest the type of car that has no electronics in it … that very basic car? I think that is a good plan for the future.

Possibly even more helpful would be to have on hand a bicycle with a carrying basket on the front or back, or a foot-powered scooter on the handlebars of which shopping bags can be suspended.

Public Water Supply May Fail 

In addition, in terms of water supply, my understanding is that there is a powerhouse that pushes the water from the storage area to the various homes somehow. I do not know how this takes place, but if it is true, and if the power goes out because of the Carrington Effect, then we will have no water. For instance, in towns where water is gravity-fed from a water tower, it must be that electricity is needed to pump the water up into the tower. Without electricity, such a water supply system would fail, would it not? So, everyone has to look into alternatives of water supply, in the event of a Carrington Effect.

Thoughts on Storing and Cooking Food 

Of course, there is an issue of storing food, and of cooking the food. I suggest keeping on hand small cans of food that are already hydrated … that do not need extra water … and that have protein content in them. This is because, if the Carrington Effect takes place, there will be no refrigerators to keep the food in large containers refrigerated, and it will spoil. So, individual, or family-sized containers of canned food are the best bet … Say, beans in cans. Maybe instant rice, or oats that are ‘quick oats’ would be possibilities, if a fire source can be provided. All this I have written up in this blog …

Link: “Pioneer Skills: Planning for Tough Times Ahead,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 19 September 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7H3 ..

… so you can look it up there as well. If we were suddenly reduced to pioneer circumstances, then you would want to have on hand, in your house, at least the least expensive ways of sustaining life until the power grids and transportation are restored.

What If Parents Are Stranded at Their Workplace, and Children at Their Schools, as a Result of a Midday Strike of the Carrington Effect? 

Also as a result of possible transportation take-down, if the strike of the Carrington Effect were to take place, say, midday, there would be an issue of how families might be reunited, so that they would be better capable of surviving, during the interval before power is restored.

How will parents get home, if their job takes them far from their home? How will children get home from school? Is there a plan in place, to help with that?

Suppose they cannot get home? Then, is there a plan for survival at the place where the parents work?

Do people who work far from home keep a comfortable, sturdy pair of walking shoes at work, in case they must walk home?

Is there a plan for survival at the school where the children are?

If part of the family arrives home … say, the children … and the parents cannot, then do the children know what to do, so as to protect themselves and sustain themselves, until the family is reunited?

Highrises May Be Rendered Uninhabitable. I note also, in this regard, that people who live or work in highrises, or in buildings with windows that will not open, might find these buildings unusable, after a Carrington Effect, for lack of ventilation and inoperability of HVAC. (Or, occupants might keep on hand tools for cutting holes in the windows, for ventilation.)

Shall We Establish Community Granaries? 

Here is something else: Could each community provide something along the lines of the Babylonian Granaries (grain storage facilities)? In Jewish times as well, the person in charge of a group of people would have a grain store, just in case of times of difficulty such as a Carrington Effect would cause.

Image: “A Wheat Receipt Issued by Two Officials of the Granary at Babylon (Old Cairo) – Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 126.87 AH / 706 CE” … https://www.islamic-awareness.org/history/islam/papyri/enlp10 ..

Would there be a place … say, a deserted supermarket … where supplies could be kept and doled out, in the way that rations were doled out during World War II?

This is something that each community could decide upon, and provide for on its own … Powdered milk for mothers with children, for instance. And maybe grain stores … cornmeal, flour, and the other things that I have suggested, such as rice and beans, could be on hand and could be given out, in the way that these supplies are given out in developing countries during catastrophic natural disasters.

On Planning to Repurpose Our Military Might to the Home Front in the Event of a Natural Disaster Such as a Carrington Event

We need to look to the home front right now, I feel.  It would be good to draw back our troops, in an organized way, as conflicts begin to cease, worldwide … considering, also the difficulty of getting our men and armaments home in the event of global power grid difficulties … and instead, develop a plan, on the home front, for caring for our communities during a crisis … maybe, extended times of crisis, the Carrington Effect being only one such.

That is my thought for today. I wish you all the very best.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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MORE INFORMATION

Effects of Solar Flares on Vehicles

Link: “Would Your Car Survive an EMP Attack?: Real-world testing with EMP simulators has led to mixed results,” by Jerry Laukkonen, updated on 2 December 2019, in Lifewire … https://www.lifewire.com/would-your-car-survive-an-emp-attack-3903248 ..

Link: “EMP Effects on Vehicles,” by Jerry Emanuelson, B.S.E.E., of Futurescience, LLC …  http://www.futurescience.com/emp/vehicles.html ..

Link: “Today: Best Car to Protect Against Solar Flares?” by Tom and Ray of Car Talk, 17 September 2013 … https://www.cartalk.com/content/today-best-car-protect-against-solar-flares ..

Effects of Solar Flares on GPS and Phones

Link: “A big solar storm could wreak havoc on GPS and everything else on your phone,” by Hilary Brueck, 24 June 2018 … https://www.businessinsider.com/solar-storms-could-damage-electronics-2018-6 ..

Effects of Solar Flares on Off-Grid Solar Power Systems

Link: “Can Solar Flares, CME, or EMP Damage Your Solar Power System?” at Sundirected … https://www.sundirected.com/can-solar-flares-cme-emp-damge-your-off-grid-solar-power-system/ .. 

On Solar Flares and Carrington Events – SuspiciousObservers and NASA

Link: “The #1 Risk to Earth,” by SuspiciousObservers, 20 April 2016https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVgUZv9ccyQ ..

Link: “Impacts of Strong Solar Flares,” by NASA, 13 May 2013 …  https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/flare-impacts.html ..

Alice’s Blogs on Solar Flares and Carrington Events

Link: “11-Year Solar Cycles, X-Flares, and Changeups in the Earth Hologram,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 6 October 2016; revised on 24 May 2017 and 26 August 2017 …  https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6dV ..

Link: “Airline Navigation Backup Systems Question,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 29 September 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7IZ ..

Link: “Solar Events and Their Effects on Earth and on Humans; Geophysical Alerts,” by Alice B. Clagett, published 17 March 2015; revised on 24 May 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7ea ..

ASTROGEOPHYSICAL AND SOLAR FLARE DATA

GOES X-Ray Flux Archive
Website: http://www.polarlicht-vorhersage.de/goes_archive ..

SpaceWeather.com
updated several times a day — solar wind, solar flares, planetary K-index, auroras:
website: https://www.spaceweather.com/

free space weather alerts, free aurora alerts
wubscribe to night sky voice alerts: https://www.nightskyalerts.com/ ..

Space Weather News
Sun watch, solar news, spacecraft hazards charts (indicating whether satellites and power grids are likely to be affected by solar activity), aurora forecast, earthquake watch, long-term solar sunspot and radioflux progression, etc: https://spaceweathernews.com/ ..

Space Weather Prediction Center Preliminary Reports and Forecasts
Link: “NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center Alerts and Historical Data,” by Alice B. Clagett, Published on 7 September 2017; revised 7 September 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7BT ..

Suspicious Observers
Updates on solar flares, earthquakes, weather. SO develops predictive theories.
daily youtube updates:
Blog:  https://suspicious0bservers.org/ ..
Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/Suspicious0bservers?feature=watch ..
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuspiciousObservers/ ..

Space Weather Live
Real-time aurora activity and solar activity
website: https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/ ..
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How Will Rocketing Water Prices and Property Taxes Affect Home Ownership in Los Angeles? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 30 April 2018

  • ARE CALIFORNIA HOUSING COSTS UNREALISTICALLY HIGH?
  • EFFECT OF LOS ANGELES WATER PRICES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
  • WATER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES
  • ROAD MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES AND IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES
  • SUMMARY REGARDING CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SERVICES FUNDING
  • CALIFORNIA HOUSING: A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION
    • Might Primitive Housing Techniques Be Useful?
    • On Revising the Los Angeles County Housing Code
    • On Building Additional High Density Housing in Los Angeles
    • The Los Angeles Plan for Housing the Homeless Now Underway
    • The $2 Billion Bond to Help House California’s Homeless Held Up by Lawsuit
    • The HUD Plan to Provide $2 Billion Nationwide for the Homeless
    • The Plan to House the Homeless in Guest Houses in Los Angeles County
      • Employment Opportunity for the Skilled Homeless: Building That Guest Home in Los Angeles County?
    • An Additional Idea; High Density Housing in Los Angeles County, with Busing to Jobs
      • Repurpose Unprofitable Motels and Hotels as Housing for Homeless?
    • FOOTNOTES
      • Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley
      • Early Prison Release in California
      • Fear of the New: The Movie ‘Annihilation’

Dear Ones,

ARE CALIFORNIA HOUSING COSTS UNREALISTICALLY HIGH?

Apparently, California housing costs are the highest in America …

Link: “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, 17 March 2015 … http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

This is odd, because people are less in need of housing in California than elsewhere in the nation, because of the mild climate here. Why are housing prices so high?

Could it be that the housing codes here unrealistic, considering the influx of homeless and migrant workers, (1) and the release of felons onto the community due to inadequate funds to keep them in prison? (2)

EFFECT OF LOS ANGELES WATER PRICES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Stopgap measures have been initiated to fund desperately needed Los Angeles programs, including skyrocketing water prices, and increases in property taxes for homeowners …

Link: “LA DWP, Other Utilities to Raise Water Rates Because of Drought,” by Mike Reicher, published 20 October 2015, updated … https://www.dailynews.com/2015/10/20/la-dwp-other-utilities-to-raise-water-rates-because-of-drought/ ..

Thus the price of owning a home … which is out of range for the many Californians … has become about twice as high in the last decade … There is the price of the mortgage, about equaled by the increased price of utilities and property taxes.

We cannot afford lawns any more. Many people are taking bucket showers rather than ‘real’ showers. In the streets, under the river overpasses and freeway bridges, on vacant lots and in the parks, the homeless cluster, disconsolate, often drunk on rotgut liquor, posting guards in turn to prevent violence upon their small groups, beyond any hope of shelter.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

I would like to take a look at the longer-term effect of the stopgap measures that have been effected, so as to keep the Los Angeles city government running …

Apparently, higher housing prices will attract less jobs to California. This means that people will be less able to afford the homes they have. Those who rent will find home ownership out of reach. And those without homes will be unable to rent …

Link: “Sky-high rents and home prices are making it hard for Southern California businesses to attract workers,” by Andrew Khouri, 22 February 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-housing-costs-economy-20180222-story.html ..

WATER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES

Let’s look at water supply to Los Angeles …

Los Angeles is a desert town. Of itself, it is without means to provide water for its population. The water we have is imported from other places, and this may contribute to its cost.

In addition, there is the infrastructure that distributes water throughout Los Angeles. This, like the roads, is aging. Rather than providing a maintenance schedule, we are providing repairs when water mains break. My thought is, our city must not have the revenue for a preventive maintenance schedule for our water distribution system …

Link: “L.A.’s aging water pipes; a $1-billion dilemma,” by Ben Poston and Matt Steven, 16 February 2015 … http://graphics.latimes.com/la-aging-water-infrastructure/ ..

ROAD MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES

How about road maintenance in Los Angeles? Here again, revenues are insufficient for a good road maintenance schedule …

Link: “Poorly maintained roads cost Southern California drivers $2,800 a year,” by Brenda Gazzar, Daily News, published on 17 August 2017; updated, in Los Angeles Daily News …  https://www.dailynews.com/2016/08/17/poorly-maintained-roads-cost-southern-california-drivers-2800-a-year/ ..

LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES AND IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

How about law enforcement? In the cities, I feel, police response is quite good. However, there is the area of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), which is currently essentially a lawless zone. According to Wikipedia, the SMMNRA comprises 156,671 acres (63,403 ha) …

Map: SMMNRA … http://rimofthevalleycoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Screen-Shot-2016-02-17-at-6.17.05-AM-1-800×445.jpg ..

I have checked, and there is one ranger assigned to this area. That is, effectively, the police patrol for the entire area.

Thus, lawlessness in the mountains is on the rise, especially in areas with natural water flow, and which are contiguous to populated areas. It reminds me a little of stories of the old days in Los Angeles, when cattle rustlers and horse thieves used to establish hidden outlaw strongholds in the mountains now termed the SMMNRA.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES

How about schools in Los Angeles? Our schools are becoming more and more a target for gun-wielding and drug dealing, making an education a risky business in Los Angeles.

SUMMARY REGARDING CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SERVICES FUNDING

These four areas: utilities, roads, law enforcement, and education, are lacking revenues for maintenance. I feel these are the domain of government in our country … Where these are lacking, government is lacking. Here in Los Angeles, government is doing a slow tumble. It is unable to perform its basic functions.

I feel, though, that this is not the fault of government. Were revenues available here in Los Angeles, I feel certain government would be eager to do its job. But those revenues are unavailable. Why is this?

CALIFORNIA HOUSING: A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION

We here in Los Angeles are in a time of great import … a time of transformation to the New. This is not just the case here in Los Angeles. All of California, all American, and indeed, all the countries of Earth are in a time of transformation.

Transformation can feel like Apocalypse, or it can feel like a New Beginning. (3) We, the people of Los Angeles, will determine the outcome. Will we pull together and come up with innovative solutions to the housing crisis? Or will we go with the status quo … the slow tumble … the seemingly inevitable downward spiral?

I say, let us look, with a sense of adventure, a sense of the dawn of a new era for humankind, to innovative solutions. For instance …

Might Primitive Housing Techniques Be Useful?

How did the First Nations live, here in Southern California, in days not too long ago? They lived in reed, pole, palm frond, or bark huts, and they survived quite well this way …

Image: Diverse California Indian Dwellings …  http://www.rogueturtle.com/articles/images/nashelter1.jpg ..

How do people get by in Rio de Janeiro, where about a fourth of the population live below the poverty line, and the average per capita income is about $17,700 a year? Many live in very substandard housing, termed favelas ..

Image: Rio de Janeiro favela … https://media.istockphoto.com/photos/inside-a-favela-in-rio-de-janeiro-picture-id504416164 ..

How about in Tijuana, the country of origin of many of our current unhomed population? From what sort of environment are they fleeing, in order to seek a better life for themselves and their families?

Tijuana also has its slum housing, where people use building materials salvaged from landfills to build squatter homes on land with no utility service. Water trucks come round with bottles of water to sell for household use. Sanitation depends on a family’s ingenuity; pit toilets are the norm …

Image: House of cardboard in Tijuana … https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/family-inside-their-house-made-with-carboard-at-the-edge-of-news-photo/149207211#family-inside-their-house-made-with-carboard-at-the-edge-of-a-ravine-picture-id149207211 ..

On Revising the Los Angeles County Housing Code

I feel we here in Los Angeles can do better than this for our people. But we must face facts.

The density of population in Los Angeles is too great for sustainable living. The population of Earth must be spread out more evenly, and ways must be found to live off the land, and become self-sustaining, and to house ourselves, in and of ourselves, humbly but efficiently, using local materials. For those that have the skills and strength of character to move out of the cities, and live a sustainable life: Why not consider taking this step?

On Building Additional High Density Housing in Los Angeles

For those that choose to remain here in Los Angeles, we must come to terms with the fact that the housing code in Los Angeles makes it impossible to attract jobs to the area. Where jobs are insufficient, the standard of living will decline. The Catch 22 is this: Where the standard of living has declined, jobs will not be attracted.

So then, what is the solution? There is a clue near the end of this article …

Link: “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” from the Legislative Analyst’s Office … http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

The article suggests building more high density housing in California’s beach towns. I agree that this would help solve the problem. But in order to effect this solution, we must change the housing codes.

The Los Angeles Plan for Housing the Homeless Now Underway

Los Angeles has a plan for housing the homeless …

Link: “A plan to house L.A.’s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city,” by Doug Smith, 9 February 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-parking-lots-housing-20180209-story.html ..

This plan is a laudable step in the right direction. Yet it is running into snags because of local fractiousness. People do not want the homeless as their neighbors.

The $2 Billion Bond to Help House California’s Homeless Held Up by Lawsuit

I see also that a $2 billion bond to help house California’s homeless, approved by California voters two years ago, is tied up in lawsuits regarding mental health care bills as yet unpaid …

Link: “2 billion to help house California’s homeless isn’t being spent — and no one knows when it will be,” by Liam Dillon, 1 March 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-homeless-housing-bond-stalled-20180301-story.html ..

The HUD Plan to Provide $2 Billion Nationwide for the Homeless

On the other hand, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a plan to provide $2 billion for the homeless, so this may to some degree ameliorate the homeless situation in California …

Link: “Ben Carson Announces $2 Billion for Homeless Programs Despite Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Housing Programs,” by Grace Guarnieri, 11 January 2018 … http://www.newsweek.com/ben-carson-billion-homeless-trump-housing-778976 ..

The Plan to House the Homeless in Guest Houses in Los Angeles County 

Los Angeles County is running a pilot program offering housing assistance for homeless housed in guest houses in property owners’ back yards …

Link: “L.A. County wants to help build guest houses in backyards — for homeless people,” by Gale Holland, 11 April 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-tiny-house-20180411-story.html ..

If successful, this might help reduce the population density in the City of Los Angeles, and help relieve concomitant issues to do with the homeless population in the City.

Employment Opportunity for the Skilled Homeless: Building That Guest Home in Los Angeles County? I would like to suggest, as well, the building of ‘Tiny Homes’ to benefit from this program, if it turns out to be approved. Perhaps this would boost employment in Los Angeles Country? Perhaps the homeless who have handyman skills might help with building additional guest homes there? Could it be that the State of California might offer financial incentives for such projects?

An Additional Idea; High Density Housing in Los Angeles County, with Busing to Jobs

If local resistance proves impossible to overcome, let us consider building high density housing in rural areas, in Los Angeles County, and providing buses to the nearest employment opportunities.

Repurpose Unprofitable Motels and Hotels as Housing for Homeless? For instance, old motels or hotels, that are proving economically not feasible, might be low-entry-cost ways for the Los Angeles County to house the homeless.

Well, that is all for now.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley

Link: “A Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 24 March 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8vN ..

Link: “A Homeless Plan for the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 4 December 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-82m ..

Link: “Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, published elsewhere on 8 October 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7QM ..

(2) Early Prison Release in California

Link: “A Virtual ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card’: A New California Law to Reduce Prison Crowding Keeps One Addict Out of Jail, But Not Out of Trouble,” in the Washington Post, 10 October 2015 … https://www.washingtonpost.com/

Link: “2014 California Proposition 47,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_47_(2014) ..

(3) Fear of the New: The Movie ‘Annihilation’ … For instance, there is a new movie out, “Annihilation,” which treats the prospect of change and transformation to the New as a doomsday issue …

Link: “Annihilation,” in IMDb … https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/ ..

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A Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 24 March 2018

Dear Ones,

The number of homeless per 10,000 people is about 17 people, as an average across America. Yet the number of homeless per 10,000 is about 35 people in California. In 2017, about half the people without shelter, nationwide, were in California. About 90% of the total homeless population of California are without shelter. (1)

It makes sense that California should have many more unsheltered homeless people, because the weather here is mild enough to allow people to stay alive while unsheltered. Which may be why there are twice as many homeless people per 10,000 people here than in the national average.

Homeless people in the San Fernando Valley, here in the western Los Angeles area, are camping wherever they can. Some set up camp in the Santa Monica Mountains. Children wander into the mountains after school to play. They may run across inappropriate sexual solicitations from homeless women. Or worse yet, rough handling and shakedowns by homeless men. Our parks are no longer our own, because of the influx of waves of homeless people.

I had a talk with our local law enforcement recently. They explained that their jurisdiction ends where the mountain park areas begin. They said to contact the rangers who patrol the mountains. I did call several numbers, and eventually found out there is only one ranger patrolling the Santa Monica Mountains. He said he knows about the problems with lawlessness, but is unable to respond to these, for lack of manpower.

Basically, as I understand it, there are portions of the Santa Monica Mountains that have homeless encampments, and in effect, no law enforcement is available there. That makes those areas unsafe to walk in. This is true for men, women and children.

Then, when the homeless set up their camps near people’s houses, I find, from reading Nextdoor.com, that these incursions are threatening to homeowners, and rightfully so. Their presence there represents a threat to the safety of the housed people in those communities.

I have seen, recently, residents in my general area going around, around sunset, and taking photos of homeless people with zoom cameras. And then shortly thereafter, a man in a pickup truck, who looked to me like a rough sort, cruising slowly in their direction. I had a feeling he might have had in mind roughing them up and forcing them away from the homes in the area.

I know people feel threatened by the government’s dalliance in regard to providing housing, or at least locating tenting areas for, the 6,000 or more homeless in the San Fernando Valley. Yet I do not feel that rough stuff will solve the problem. Especially, and hands down, vigilante violence, I feel, will not help.

When we express violence … even righteous violence … towards another person, the feeling of violence, and the thought of violence, do not lodge themselves in the person whom we assault. Rather, that feeling and that thought pierce our own hearts. And we bring our own hearts … as wounded by our act of violence as is the heart of the person on whom we inflicted violence … back home to our families, where is enters the hearts of our sleeping spouse and our sleeping children … the newborn and the toddler, as well as the grade school child. That feeling of violence is no respecter of youth or innocence.

As we lay our injured heart down to rest, in the home we love, that violence seeps out, in our dreamtime world, and fills our home with darkness.

As we wake up to a workday morning, and take the long commute to work, the injury in our heart, that we have all unknowing and unthinking writ there, streams out, through the morning sunlight, into the hearts and minds of those we pass, with nary a second glance, on the freeway.

When we enter the workplace, and greet our co-workers, they register in their own hearts the violence we have inflicted and the darkness that thereby slumbers in our own.

And so I say, violence is not the way!

Moreover, when we forcefully dislocate homeless people from one area of the San Fernando Valley, then they relocate to another area of the Valley. As there are, by my calculation, facilities for only about 300 homeless in the valley, the likelihood is they will set up camp in a nearby inappropriate area once more.

Instead, I suggest we consider these steps to alleviate the problem …

As to the homeless encampments in the Santa Monica Mountains, we can get maps of the unsafe areas. Maybe we could speak with law enforcement about this? And get these maps into the hands of the schools and the churches. We ought also get them on the news. That way, until we can implement a strategic relocation, there will be no mishaps with unsuspecting hikers and mountains explorers.

Then, as to the issue of incursions of the homeless into residential areas: As a first step, I feel we must set aside some areas … parks, empty lots, or parking lots … for relocation from private home areas and from the Santa Monica Mountains encampments, to these new locations.

We will need sanitary facilities, to prevent more epidemic outbreaks. I feel we will need guards to ensure the safety of this vulnerable population. And, I feel, we will need to create minimum wage, unskilled job opportunities near the encampments. And we need doctors to help with medical needs.

This relocation effort ought, I feel, to be coordinated with the Santa Monica Mountain ranger, and with local law enforcement. It is very important, to prevent violence, not to proceed with vigilante efforts, even though I know that homeowners and property owners feel a sense of rising helplessness about the situation, due to government dalliance.

The first thought is not always the best thought, especially when emotions run high. Teamwork is the very best way to go, I feel. But on the other hand, the average homed person can no longer sit idly on the sidelines, waiting for an unresponsive government to act. We must take the initiative, and help our law enforcement representatives organize a proper response.

First, I feel, a relocation effort, as noted above. Compared to providing up-to-code housing, the outlay will be quite reasonable. A number of lives of the homeless may be saved by this effort. And the general feeling of the homed, of being at their wits’ end over this problem, will be allayed.

As a second step, I suggest we in the homed community reach out to our churches and businesses and ask whether they have facilities they can offer for the homeless to live in.

We have very many churches and businesses here in the San Fernando Valley. If one in two such groups would agree to house just one homeless person, the situation could be much abated. Further, the burden of homelessness would be spread round, throughout the city, and not just concentrated in one area.

Then, on to the disproportionate number of homeless in California. Might we get additional financial aid from the Federal government to help with this?

Intuitively speaking, I feel that homeless are fleeing other states, and coming to California, not just because the climate here is more suitable for outdoor living. It may also be that other states are treating the homeless with more violence than may be encountered here in California. At least, my prayer is that that their experience here will be relatively pacific.

If it be true that, for reasons both light and dark, California is asked to bear the lion’s share of the homeless problem, then in this time of somewhat greater social unrest, when a rising swell of the homeless seeks shelter and work … however humble … across America, and if California has the heart to welcome these people, where other states in our great Union will not or cannot … then to settle this unrest, and to buoy the feelings of all our peoples, surely it would be in the best interest of our nation to provide assistance, where our state, alone, cannot?

The American people stand by a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is, I feel, not just the people who are able to buy their own homes, and own their own cars. Nor is it the people who buy or rent their homes. Rather, it is all the people of this great Nation … owning, renting, or yearning for a place to lay their heads.

In 1883, a poetess named Emma Lazarus had the highest hopes in this regard. Her words, strong enough to ring on, down through the centuries, strong enough to greet the eyes of every traveler crossing the weary seas in hopes of a better life here in America, strong enough to light the path for all Americans even in these modern times, are:

“‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'” (2)

I agree wholeheartedly with Emma Lazarus. I feel we can embody her vision for America, even in these times of change. Especially now, in these times of change.

Let us act, together, as a community.

Let us conceive our actions in faith, in hope, and in charity. In a manner befitting the greatest vision our hearts and minds can conceive to meet the challenge of these times.

Let us rise nobly to this effort to uplift and assist these, whom none yet love and protect … and in whose shoes each of us might … but for God’s Grace … find ourselves.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “California Homeless Population Rising Higher Than Other States: California experienced a nearly 14 percent increase in homelessness from 2016 to 2017,” Published 21 December 2017 …  http://www.abc10.com/article/news/local/california/california-homeless-population-rising-higher-than-other-states/501590366 ..

(2) From Link: “The New Colossus,” a sonnet by Emma Lazarus, 1883 … https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_New_Colossus .. public domain … This sonnet was mounted on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.

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A Homeless Plan for the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 4 December 2017; revised

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

I was reading an article about how a fire at a homeless encampment alongside Fwy 405 is thought to have started the pricey Skirball fire on 6 December 2017 …

Link: “Skirball fire sparked by illegal cooking fire, California officials say,” by Julia Jacobo, 12 December 2017 … http://abcnews.go.com/US/skirball-brush-fire-sparked-illegal-cooking-fire-california/story?id=51746393 ..

I thought it might be a good time to publish the below video about a homeless plan for Los Angeles, as clearly, it’s important to find a solution to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles, not only for humanitarian reasons (which I myself find very compelling) but also because of …

  • the threat to property owners caused by forest fires,
  • improper sanitation at encampments, which might lead to disease outbreaks, and their spread through homed populations
  • potential lawlessness in confrontations between the homeless and the homed
  • homeowner fears of falling property values,
  • and the clear need to find a way for taxable residents to pay for services for the homeless till they can get back on their feet, as has been evidenced in
    • sharp upticks in property taxes and utility prices in Los Angeles,
    • and declines in some city services, such as …
      • freeway and road repairs, including repaving of residential streets … as I understand it, the block I live on hasn’t been repaired resurfaced since it was first paved, going on 60 years ago.
      • sidewalk repairs caused by street tree roots, although partial rebates may be available for property owners who make such sidewalk repairs … see http://www.sidewalks.lacity.org/ ..
      • repair of potholes in alleys, which issue I explored some years ago and found to be, at that time, insoluble
      • and development of more frequent and more widespread mass transit facilities

If the homeless were housed and employed, they could add to California’s tax base, and assist in financing those Los Angeles City Services that are currently overburdened or on hold.

Further, their tax contributions to the State of California and the City of Los Angeles might help lower the high cost of utilities and property taxes, through a more robust the tax base.

In fact, the simple act of just one homeless person finding good employment gives the City a big lift, in terms of it’s need to support and uplift those in need.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

This is a continuation of a suggestion I had for a place to house, or allow an encampment of, homeless people, especially men, or men who are with a woman, but not families. Or maybe just homeless men, in the San Fernando Valley. I understand there are about 6,000 people that need homes there.

Anyway, I came up with this notion, and I’m putting it forth as a possibility. If you like the idea, but the location is not appropriate, then you could use the parameters that I’m choosing by, to find another location in the San Fernando Valley.

So I had in mind, as a locale, the parking lot … and maybe also, as time goes on, the building that used to be Costco, at the intersection of Canoga Avenue and Roscoe Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. That’s the southeast corner of that intersection.

It features a big parking lot, and then there’s a really big Costco building there. There’s also a special kind of fueling station … an electric charging station … there in the parking lot right now. But the Costco has closed up and gone elsewhere, and the property has been, for some time, vacant … probably for lease or for sale.

So I had some thoughts about that …

It’s kind of off by itself. It’s not next to a shopping center, like the OSH property that was deserted at the northeast corner of Victory Blvd and Fallbrook Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. So there is less likely to be complaints about it from shopping center upscale retail stores.

And it’s across the street from a Salvation Army Thrift Store and facility. And it’s also next door to a Home Depot.

And I thought a few things: I thought that, with a high fence, the part of the parking lot that’s not being used otherwise could be fenced off and used as a place where the homeless could pitch their tents.

And I also thought that the people at Salvation Army might be ideally suited to help maintain such a homeless encampment, or to provide professional advice regarding it.

Then, there’s a Salvation Army store right there, which would provide cheap goods.

And the Home Depot, I’ve noticed that there are day laborers who gather outside, ready to help people with their home improvement and repair projects. And I wondered if that might be, temporarily, a source of day labor for the homeless encampment.

Also I thought of Home Depot and Lowes, because they have inexpensive, prefabricated sheds. The smallest of these sheds might be helpful to put up as semi-permanent locations, that would provide some security for their goods if they were to go off on a day job, or other job. And that might also provide them with safety while they are sleeping, and better protection from the elements in case of rain, or like that. Although it would be pretty hot in the summertime. And it wouldn’t necessarily have electricity in it.

I feel that the City of Los Angeles might be able to provide WCs, porta-potties, of the kind that have footpumped water dispensers, so that people could wash their hands with and soap. And so there would waste disposal facilities that could be quickly set up and pretty easily managed, I think.

This is the problem: There’s no grocery store extremely close, although within walking distance for those that are not too handicapped, I feel, there are a couple of big grocery stores. The nearest, 2 blocks to the west, on Roscoe, is Vallarta Supermarkets, which is quite well stocked. But not too close, so maybe a shuttle might be provided, from the place where the people are encamped, to a grocery store … maybe once a day, or twice a day; what do you think?

But in addition, for sundries and a minimal amount of food supplies, there’s a liquor store within a block, a little to the south, on Canoga Ave,

Next to the liquor store is a Post office. I know that a lot of homeless people are depending on their Social Security, SSDI (Social Security Disability Benefits) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) checks, and that might be a place where they could establish an address, a Post Office Box.

I also noticed there are mass transit routes on both Canoga Avenue and Roscoe Blvd., so that’s good.

So there are a lot of reasons why that particular location is a really good one, for the time being.

Then, I wondered about the Costco … A little bit farther out, a little bit later on, I wondered if there might be a way to provide an incentive for businesses to emply the homeless in stalls, or stations, in that Costco. So that it could be rented, by the year, or whatever, by any number of small businesses that are struggling to get on their feet, and that might get a tax advantage from hiring those people that are homeless.

Also I thought, as far as tax advantages are concerned: Maybe there could be a credit if, say, Home Depot, or Lowes, or one of the local lumber companies or hardware stores wanted to provide a discount on … or even provide outright … some of the small shelters that might be needed for the homeless population in the parking lot.

So basically, that’s what I’m thinking.

To the east, there’s a homeless facility that’s open only during the cold winter months, the coldest months of the year. This is an 85-bed facility in Sylmar now open only in the winter, but which is planned to be converted to a year-round bridge housing facility for women.

Link: “Homeless Shelter For Women To Open In San Fernando Valley,” by California Patch, News Partner, 3 October

But I feel that, in the encampment I’m proposing, it might be good to separate the population, even in that one large parking lot, into …

  • single men, for one large area,
  • and then families, for another area,
  • and then in another area: Handicapped people. And the reason to allow handicapped access to another area is that, there might be some roughhousing and carrying on in the men’s area, for instance. And the handicapped can’t move quite so fast sometimes … They’re not as mobile … And they might be better protected in a separate enclosure.

So those are my thoughts.

I also think that a grading system might be established … maybe with Salvation Army, at first, training people who are in the encampment, to become caretakers or people to help keep order and make sure everything is ok … to call the police if any roughhousing happens, and to have strict rules about that, so that the people that are there can feel safe and comfortable.

And also, if it turns that there are people who are either employed as day laborers for Home Depot, or else, say, in a sort of a factory situation, inside of Costco, if that were to work out … Or even if something were to be worked out in the parking lot there, for day laborers with rudimentary manual skills … then there might be these people who have been trained to help decorum during the day, and to make sure that there are no instances of substance abuse, and like that, which cause the feeling that there might be an unsafe situation happening.

I wondered further … If the homeless were employed, whether there might be a discounted training position available. That is, maybe part of the wage that a person received might be benefits for substance abuse programs, or psychological or health issues programs that might be provided ‘on campus’, as it were.

Well that’s my thought: That place, or someplace like it might prove to be quite a Godsend for the homeless population here in the San Fernando Valley.

Tell me what you think about it! This is a topic for neighborhood discussion.

Talk to you later! Bye bye …

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 8 October 2017; published on 3 November 2017; revised … new text is in green font

  • HOMELESS STATISTICS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  • SCARCITY OF HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  • ON THE NOTION OF ASSIGNING A PARKING LOT … SUCH AS THE VACANT COSTCO PARKING LOT ON ROSCOE … FOR A TEMPORARY TENT COMMUNITY
  • SMALL POD HOUSING DESIGNED BY VALLEY RESCUE MISSION
  • NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND FOOT TRAFFIC ON OUR PUBLIC STREETS
  • LOITERING LAWS IN LOS ANGELES
  • CAN WE PROVIDE SAFE PLACES FOR THE HOMELESS TO STORE THEIR PROPERTY?
  • ON WORKING WITHIN THE LAW FOR A SOLUTION TO THE DIFFICULT PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS
  • MY THANKS TO CALIFORNIA FOR ITS POSITIVE REGARD FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

Dear Ones,

HOMELESS STATISTICS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

I read there were about 7,600 homeless in the San Fernando Valley, and 58,000 in LA County as of last year … I read this in:

Link: “Homelessness Increased In Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley: The rising cost of housing, along with a housing shortage, was acknowledged by officials as a top cause of the homeless problem,” by Alexander Nguyen (Patch Staff) – updated  https://patch.com/california/woodlandhills/homelessness-increased-woodland-hills-san-fernando-valley ..

SCARCITY OF HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Because of the influx of homeless into the nearby neighborhoods, I’ve been looking around for homeless shelters in the San Fernando Valley … It seems like shelters for men are scarce. It looks like housing will be built, but maybe is not available yet?

Law enforcement can ask a homeless person to move on, but where will they move to, if no housing resources are available?

ON THE NOTION OF ASSIGNING A PARKING LOT … SUCH AS THE VACANT COSTCO PARKING LOT ON ROSCOE … FOR A TEMPORARY TENT COMMUNITY

I had a thought about the Costco that closed at 21300 Roscoe Blvd in Canoga Park (across from the Salvation Army Store) … it has a big, fenced parking lot which might temporarily be used for tents, if porta-potties and security could be arranged … What do you all think about this possibility?

SMALL POD HOUSING DESIGNED BY VALLEY RESCUE MISSION

Also a possibility, in lieu of or in addition to tenting in a parking lot, might be small pod housing such as that designed by Valley Rescue Mission …

Link: “Local News: These small pods could bring a big solution for LA County’s homeless crisis,” by Susan Abram, sabram@scng.com , Daily News, published: 

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND FOOT TRAFFIC ON OUR PUBLIC STREETS

This is a very difficult topic. For myself, as a Neighborhood Watch captain, I want to help my neighbors keep my neighborhood safe, and at the same time not to trespass on other people’s freedom of movement. People walk up and down our public streets all day long, and that’s fine. It’s when they stop and stay around that residents get uneasy.

LOITERING LAWS IN LOS ANGELES

In response to that, there are loitering laws in LA, both in general and also at schools and places where children generally congregate, but I’ve read that they only apply if a person has criminal intent. Most likely a prior criminal record would figure in.

I’ve read there is also a law against walking onto private property and peeking into the door or window, and that law applies if the property is not abandoned. See:

Link: “PC 647: Loitering” … http://esfandilawfirm.com/crimes/loitering-pc-647/ ..

CAN WE PROVIDE SAFE PLACES FOR THE HOMELESS TO STORE THEIR PROPERTY?

I’ve also read that the City of LA passed law 56.11 last year to the effect that a (presumably homeless) person’s storage of items on sidewalks and parkways and in alleys must be no more than what can fit into the garbage bin … see:

Link: “L.A. council OKs law limiting homeless people’s belongings to what can fit in a trash bin,” by Gale Holland, Contact Reporter, 30 March 2016, 3:42 pm … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-belongings-20160331-story.html ..

I also read that the City has no right to put these belongings into the trash:

Link: “Judge Says Los Angeles Has to Stop Taking Homeless People’s Stuff: A new injunction limits the city’s ability to seize and destroy the property of Skid Row residents,” by Elijah Chiland, 14 April 2016, 9:55 am PDT … https://la.curbed.com/2016/4/14/11428886/los-angeles-homeless-property-seizure ..

The same article suggests the need … I would say citywide … for storage facilities for possessions of transient people.

ON WORKING WITHIN THE LAW FOR A SOLUTION TO THE DIFFICULT PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS

I guess what I’m trying to say is, as responsible citizens, and taking this difficult problem into consideration, let us work within the spirit of the legal system. As forward-looking people let us look to fresh solutions to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles.

  • What is really going on, economically, here?
  • How can we tweak the economy to provide jobs for those who want them, but can’t find them?
  • As a concerned community with humane intent, what may we also do for those who don’t want work, or who, for a constellation of reasons, are unemployable?

In the end, I am hoping that these last prove to be few, and that good work and good housing will be found for most.

MY THANKS TO CALIFORNIA FOR ITS POSITIVE REGARD FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

I would like to add that I have traveled here and there in America in recent years, and have found, in general, that California’s attitude toward the underprivileged is a standout in many ways; especially, as regards …

  • positive social action,
  • lack of prejudice, and a positive attitude toward diversity, and
  • desire to abide within the spirit of the law.

For that depth of human kindness, and for our mutual vision of a new tomorrow in this beautiful land, I thank each of you, from the bottom of my heart.

In love, light and joy,
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Work Camping and Annual Camping Opportunities in America . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 25 January 2015 and published on 4 November 2016

  • WORK CAMPING
  • NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATION LANDS CAMPING
  • COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, AND NEVADA STATE PARKS CAMPING
  • FREE CAMPGROUNDS ACROSS AMERICA

Dear Ones,

WORK CAMPING

I just read an article in “AARP the Magazine,” Dec/Jan 2015, called “Mixing Work and Pleasure on the Long, Winding Road.” This is about ‘work camping’, which I thought might be of interest to some of us as we go through the Ascension process. Reason being, a competitive career lifestyle is not always compatible for all of us as the process unfolds. Work camping offers a chance to ratchet down on housing cost … by living in a trailer … and at the same time work for minimum wage at a low key job, and garner enough money to pay for food and gas. With some employers, part time work is available.

I could not find the AARP article online; It looks like you have to become a member to get it. However, in the article they mention Amazon.com has a CamperForce program, providing free campsites and about $10 an hour, plus overtime, for seasonal work in its warehouses all across the US …

Link: “Amazon Camperforce” … http://www.amazondelivers.jobs/about/camperforce/ ..

Some campers do seasonal work for KOA; you have to be willing to clean bathrooms and empty trash.

Link: “Live the Life You Love: Become a KOA Work Kamper” … https://workatkoa.com/ ..

When I was camping at Mesa Verde last summer, I found out that Aramark offers seasonal jobs at National Parks and elsewhere. This sometimes includes a campsite, minimum wage, and part time or full time work in a laundry or gift shop or snack shop, etc …

Link: “Hourly Job Opportunities,” by Aramark … https://hourly-aramark.icims.com/jobs/intro ..

NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATION LANDS CAMPING

For those that do not need to work, passes are available to National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands …

Link: “America the Beautiful Passes,” by National Park Service … https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm ..

However, and this is pretty important, passes do not include camping costs, which can be hefty at National Parks.

Typical camping costs for National Forests, which tend to offer less developed campsites, vary from free to $12 a night …

Link: “Seasons, Rates (Fees) and Forest Information” in “U.S. National Forest Campground Guide” … https://www.forestcamping.com/dow/intro/introduc.htm#fees ..

COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, AND NEVADA STATE PARKS CAMPING

State Parks sometimes offer great opportunities for campers. I noticed on both the Colorado and the New Mexico banks of beautiful Navajo Lake State Park, sites with amenities and an incredible view are offered.

On the New Mexico side, annual camping permits are $180 a year for New Mexico residents, $100 a year for New Mexico resident seniors and disabled, $225 a year for out of state residents. More information here …

LInk: “Navajo Lake State Parks” by New Mexico State Parks …  http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/navajolakestatepark.html ..

On the Colorado side of the lake, camping is apparently just $70 a year for one vehicle. For more on the amenities there, see …

Link: “Navajo State Park,” by Colorado State Parks and Wildlife … https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Navajo ..

Looks like that fee will get you the right to camp in other Colorado State Parks as well …

Link: “Annual Pass Information,” by Colorado Parks and Wildlife … https://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/AnnualPassInfo.aspx ..

I gather from this chart that Nevada State Parks offer seasonal low entrance fees with free camping. Annual permits for camping in all Nevada State Parks are $200 a year ..

LInk: “Annual Permits,” by Nevada State Parks … http://parks.nv.gov/fees/annual-permits ..

And maybe other state parks have good camping opportunities too.

FREE CAMPGROUNDS ACROSS AMERICA

Here is a map of free campgrounds across America …

Link: “Free Campsites” … https://freecampsites.net/ ..

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The Dwelling Curse and An ‘Answering Symbol’ . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 1 November 2016; published on 3 November 2016

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • The Dwelling Curse
    • One ‘Answering Symbol’
    • 18 December 2019 Astral Explanation
    • Photo by Alice
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

Here is a curse and one possible answering symbol to undo the curse. This curse has to do with death, or the killing of a person or persons being the foundation of a building, a dwelling, or a group.

In the long run, the answer to this kind of deep subconscious archetype or symbol is affordable housing for everyone, I feel.

There is an edited Summary after the video; after that is another section not in the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

The night before last I saw in a vision a curse that was laid upon a number of people that was like an archetypal image or subconscious symbol with great power … but it was a black magic curse.

I will draw you a picture of it, and attempt to explain a little about it, in hopes that it will get to those people so that they can dissolve and disempower this curse. It goes like this …

The Dwelling Curse

shack

Drawing: “The Dwelling Curse,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: Two yellow bars leaning toward each other, so that they look a little like a roof, with a black bar laid horizontally beneath them.

Drawing: “The Dwelling Curse,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: Two yellow bars leaning toward each other, so that they look a little like a roof, with a black bar laid horizontally beneath them. 

It is a three-part picture. Down at the bottom there is a very black bar. And on the sides there are two yellow … it looks kind of like half-palm-leaves, only yellow … solid things, like wood.

The curse is like this: The black bar represents death or a dead person. And the yellow things represent a place to live, like a house or a place to live. When this curse was placed, it stated or imprinted, in the subconscious minds of the people, that if they killed … if a person were lying dead or buried … then they would have a house to live in.

So the idea is, as in the thuggee cults, that the death of someone will give them sustenance or means to survive. Further, the symbol of this curse shows that the dead person is the ‘floor’ … or the foundation … of this safety; of the building that the people have.

So buried in the ground of the place you would find the corpses of the people that have been killed to preserve this edifice. By ‘edifice’ is meant the group … the continuation of the group … and including the building and the grounds and so forth.

One ‘Answering Symbol’

I have a thought about what to do to dissolve this curse. I think the thing to do is to offer a counter-symbol. It could be like this …

sun-shack

Drawing: “The Dwelling Curse: One Answering ‘Symbol’,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: Two yellow bars leaning toward each other, so that they look a little like a roof, with a yellow bar laid horizontally beneath them, and sunlight streaming down upon them.

Drawing: “The Dwelling Curse: One Answering ‘Symbol’,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: Two yellow bars leaning toward each other, so that they look a little like a roof, with a yellow bar laid horizontally beneath them, and sunlight streaming down upon them.

In this image there are still the bar at the bottom, and the two symbols that represent a house or building. And in addition to that there is the sun here … [top left] … a yellow Sun, and the rays of the Sun, coming down, onto the building here (which is bright yellow now from the rays of the Sun). Down here beneath it, the floor of the building is no longer black; instead it is that same bright yellow color.

So what we have is the Sun, and the abundance of the Sun, shining down on the building, nad changing all of that karma and that bad spell about having to kill … or that death is the foundation of the building … and the foundation of the group … into the notion that the Sun’s abundance is changing everything into a beautiful yellow Light color. In other words, the karma is dissolving. So this is the answer; this is one ‘answering’ symbol.

[End of video]

18 December 2019 Astral Explanation: Catastrophic Childhood Experience – Witchy Woman

I later learned, on the psychic plane, that the 3D source of this curse may have been a cover-up regarding a love affair between a purportedly celibate, holy man and a young boy, a child less than 10 years of age. As the holy man … according to the astral airs … had contracted HIV from the male prostitutes he had been employing, he passed on the virus to the boy, who died of AIDS not long thereafter.

The holy man, as the story goes, felt still an obsession to hold onto the child after his death, as it was his first love affair, and he cherished the unconditional love the child had shown towards him. So the child was buried illegally at the place where the man served as a holy man for his spiritual community, near the place where the people worshipped.

Years passed, and the child’s astral form remained chained to the mind and emotions of the holy man. During all those years, the curse was in effect. That curse is the topic of this blog, which … I see now … speaks to the issue in a deeply symbolic way.

By God’s grace, after the retirement of the holy man, the grave of the child was discovered, and the remains removed elsewhere. When that happened, the black magic spell was lifted from the place where the curse had been cast.

It is my hope that the remains of the child will one day be place in a consecrated graveyard that is far from the place where the holy man now lives, so that the spirit of the child may be set free to pursue the natural course of Soul evolution after dissolution of the physical form.

So may we all let go those who have passed on before us, in charity of heart and healing of what is lost, in knowledge of the fulfillment of our own destiny through Christ our Lord.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Photo by Alice

Image: “Yellow Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 November 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Yellow Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 November 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Link: “The Art of Social Landscape Design” … http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft6g50073x;chunk.id=d0e3708;doc.view=print … from Citation: “Modern Landscapes for Living.” by Marc Treib, Dorothée Imbert, and Garrett Eckbo, 1997, University of California Press, Berkeley,  c1997 … http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft6g50073x/ ..

Link: “16 Lifesaving Temporary Emergency Shelters,” by Delana, at Web Urbanist … https://weburbanist.com/2008/11/12/lifesaving-temporary-emergency-shelters-buildings/ ..

See also storage sheds at Lowes and Home Depot.

Regarding the catastrophic childhood experience described above, see …

Link: “Catastrophic Childhood Experiences: Witchy Woman Hater,” published on 12 August 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-jt6 ..

Link: “Collapse of the City Dome of Los Angeles and ‘Laying’ of Curses to Do with a Child’s Corpse,” by Alice B. Clagett, written on 24 May 2019; published on 7 July 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-dvU ..

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Purifying and Balancing the Chakras . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on about 23 April 2015; published on 9 April 2016; revised

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF VIDEO
    • Purifying and Balancing the Chakras Using Finger Cymbals
      • Adding Beads on Elastic Cord to Increase Reverberation of the Sound
      • Finger Cymbal Chakra Clearing Sound Meditation, by Alice B. Clagett
    • Other Musical Instruments That Can Be Used to Purify the Chakras
    • Purifying and Balancing the Chakras With General Gems
  • SKETCH OF THE NEW CHAKRA SYSTEM: 10 CHAKRAS
  • CHAKRIC BALANCE USING GEMS OR COLORS SPECIFIC TO EACH CHAKRA
    • Transpersonal and Subpersonal Chakras
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

This is about purifying the chakras using finger cymbals. At the end of the video is a short section on general purifying gems. There is an edited Summary after the video, and a new section, in green font, on balancing the chakras using gems, colors, and sacred sound.

I see that the camera was set up too low for the video, and consequently it looks like I am clicking the cymbals in a little bit the wrong locations in the video.

It would be best to look at a chakric chart, such as this one in the final section below, before beginning balancing the chakras, and to locate the cymbal clicking at the exact height of the chakra, along the central vertical power current of the body.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice.

I have been working with clearing and balancing my chakras today, as I have for a while now. I have a different way of doing it than most people have. So I thought I would show you my way, which works very well for me … and then I will add the other references, that do a different kind of job of healing and balancing and harmonizing the chakras.

Purifying and Balancing the Chakras Using Finger Cymbals

First, I want to show you these … these are Zildjian finger cymbals … the thick kind …

Image: Zildjian thick finger cymbals … https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61M3FOR2VzL._SX466_.jpg ..

You can get them on Amazon … https://www.amazon.com/

Adding Beads on Elastic Cord to Increase Reverberation of the Sound. And I added these little beads, you see? …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Beads and Elastic 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: Upright on the back of each cymbal is a long, thick, ceramic bead. Two narrow pieces of elastic are threaded from the inside of each cymbal, out the hole in the middle of the cymbal, through the long, thick ceramic bead, and out the other side of the bead. Just at the far end of the beads, the two narrow pieces of elastic are knotted together with the ends of a golden, silken cord, so that they may be hung together on a wall between playing practices … COMMENT: The knots at the far ends of beads must be just loose enough to allow the cymbals to wobble very slightly when they are struck together. That small bit of relaxation in the tension of the cord allows the sound of the cymbals, when struck together, to resonate more fully and to reverberate in several harmonics, making the sound of their striking richer and more able to soothe the energies of the human listener in several dimensions at once. Generally, I feel the healing influence of cymbals so tied to affect the physical body, the astral body, and the three mental bodies of the listener, whereas cymbals tied tightly may affect only the physical body.

Image: “Finger Cymbals Beads and Elastic 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: Upright on the back of each cymbal is a long, thick, ceramic bead. Two narrow pieces of elastic are threaded from the inside of each cymbal, out the hole in the middle of the cymbal, through the long, thick ceramic bead, and out the other side of the bead. Just at the far end of the beads, the two narrow pieces of elastic are knotted together with the ends of a golden, silken cord, so that they may be hung together on a wall between playing practices …

COMMENT: The knots at the far ends of beads must be just loose enough to allow the cymbals to wobble very slightly when they are struck together. That small bit of relaxation in the tension of the cord allows the sound of the cymbals, when struck together, to resonate more fully and to reverberate in several harmonics, making the sound of their striking richer and more able to soothe the energies of the human listener in several dimensions at once. Generally, I feel the healing influence of cymbals so tied to affect the physical body, the astral body, and the three mental bodies of the listener, whereas cymbals tied tightly may affect only the physical body.

With elastic, see? … with other beads on the other side …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Beads and Elastic 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: Inside each cymbal, in the center of the cymbal, is a flat, thick bead with a rather wide hole in the middle. One piece of narrow elastic is threaded down through the hole, from the top of each cymbal. The elastic is threaded through the hole in the center of the flat, thick bead, wound round the outside of the bead, then back through the hole in the center of the bead, then around the other side of the bead, then through the hole in the center of the cymbal. Thus the elastic secures the flat, thick beads to the cymbals. When you are done, two pieces of thin elastic are sticking out through the top of each cymbal. These two pieces of elastic are threaded through the long, thick ceramic beads that stand upright on the outside of each cymbal.

Image: “Finger Cymbals Beads and Elastic 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com …

DESCRIPTION: Inside each cymbal, in the center of the cymbal, is a flat, thick bead with a rather wide hole in the middle. One piece of narrow elastic is threaded down through the hole, from the top of each cymbal. The elastic is threaded through the hole in the center of the flat, thick bead, wound round the outside of the bead, then back through the hole in the center of the bead, then around the other side of the bead, then through the hole in the center of the cymbal. Thus the elastic secures the flat, thick beads to the cymbals. When you are done, two pieces of thin elastic are sticking out through the top of each cymbal. These two pieces of elastic are threaded through the long, thick ceramic beads that stand upright on the outside of each cymbal.

Image: “Finger Cymbals Beads and Elastic 3: Closeup of Threaded Elastic,” by Alice B. Clagett, 17 September 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: One piece of narrow elastic is threaded down through the hole, from the top of each cymbal. The elastic is threaded through the hole in the center of the flat, thick bead, wound round the outside of the bead, then back through the hole in the center of the bead, then around the other side of the bead, then through the hole in the center of the cymbal. Thus the elastic secures the flat, thick beads to the cymbals. When you are done, two pieces of thin elastic are sticking out through the top of each cymbal. These two pieces of elastic are threaded through the long, thick ceramic beads that stand upright on the outside of each cymbal … COMMENT: The elastic cushions the space between the cymbals and the beads, so there is no interfering noise from their clashing together while the cymbals are being struck together. That way the sound of the cymbals being struck together is a pure, sweet sound.

Image: “Finger Cymbals Beads and Elastic 3: Closeup of Threaded Elastic,” by Alice B. Clagett, 17 September 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: One piece of narrow elastic is threaded down through the hole, from the top of each cymbal. The elastic is threaded through the hole in the center of the flat, thick bead, wound round the outside of the bead, then back through the hole in the center of the bead, then around the other side of the bead, then through the hole in the center of the cymbal. Thus the elastic secures the flat, thick beads to the cymbals. When you are done, two pieces of thin elastic are sticking out through the top of each cymbal. These two pieces of elastic are threaded through the long, thick ceramic beads that stand upright on the outside of each cymbal …

COMMENT: The elastic cushions the space between the cymbals and the beads, so there is no interfering noise from their clashing together while the cymbals are being struck together. That way the sound of the cymbals being struck together is a pure, sweet sound.

And what that does is, it allows them to kind of wiggle a little bit … which is good for striking; it does not keep them really tense. And it is easy for the fingers to grasp them like that.

You can add buy the Zildjian cymbals and you can add this elastic and these special, little beads … maybe from the bead store … or you can just use them the way they are.

Finger Cymbal Chakra Clearing Sound Meditation
by Alice B. Clagett
23 April 2015

What this meditation does is, it clears the body of discordant energies … because the energy of the cymbals is so beautiful. Starting with the Zildjian cymbals, this meditation goes like this …

I am going to click eight times, turning in a circle, at the level of every chakra …  ‘ 8 ‘ is the numeral for infinity. Like this …

Ok, this is the basal chakra … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 1: Basal Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. Cymbals are held, one in each hand, at the level of the basal chakra at the bottom of the trunk of the body.

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 1: Basal Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. Cymbals are held, one in each hand, at the level of the basal chakra at the bottom of the trunk of the body.

And then I wait for a minute as the air clears of the barely audible reverberation of the sound of the cymbals. This is the sacral chakra, a little higher up … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 2: Sacral Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at a point between between the navel point and the bottom of the trunk of the body (the sacral chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 2: Sacral Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at a point between the navel point and the bottom of the trunk of the body (the sacral chakra).

And now the third chakra, the center of will at the Navel Point … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 3: Navel Point,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the navel point (the third chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 3: Navel Point,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the navel point (the third chakra).

I will try the low heart … where the ribs meet at the ziphoid process … This chakra is associated with the pancreas … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 4: Low Heart Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the diaphragm (the low heart chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 4: Low Heart Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. One cymbal is held at the level of the diaphragm (the low heart chakra).

And now the middle heart … the chakra located at the level of the physical heart … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 5: Middle Heart Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the physical heart (the middle heart chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 5: Middle Heart Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the physical heart (the middle heart chakra).

And now the high heart, up at the level of the thymus gland … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 6: High Heart Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the chest a few inches below the clavicle (the high heart chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 6: High Heart Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand holds a cymbal at the level of the chest a few inches below the clavicle (the high heart chakra).

And now the throat chakra … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 7: Throat Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The right hand holds a cymbal at the level of the neck (the throat chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 7: Throat Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The right hand holds a cymbal at the level of the neck (the throat chakra).

And now the third-eye point, which is associated with the pituitary gland ,,, the master gland of the human body … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 8: Third-Eye Point,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand points to the place between the two eyebrows (the third-eye point).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 8: Third-Eye Point,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand points to the place between the two eyebrows (the third-eye point).

And now the crown chakra, at the very top of the head … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 9: Crown Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand points to the the top of the head (the crown chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 9: Crown Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The left hand points to the the top of the head (the crown chakra).

Now a little higher up there is a new chakra, the Soul Star chakra, three to six inches above the head … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 10: Soul Star Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The hands are holding the two cymbals about six inches above the head (at the level of the Soul Star Chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 10: Soul Star Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The hands are holding the two cymbals about six inches above the head (at the level of the Soul Star Chakra).

And higher still … one to two feet above the head … a higher chakra, the God’s Head Chakra … [clicks cymbals eight times, at the level of that chakra, while turning in a circle] …

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 11: God’s Head Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The arms are raised beyond the range of the photo. Although they cannot be seen in the photo, the hands are holding the two cymbals about a foot above the head (at the level of the God’s Head Chakra).

Image: “Finger Cymbals Clearing 11: God’s Head Chakra,” self-portrait by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.comm

DESCRIPTION: A person is standing, facing forward. The arms are raised beyond the range of the photo. Although they cannot be seen in the photo, the hands are holding the two cymbals about a foot above the head (at the level of the God’s Head Chakra).

There now … My pranic column energy is energized and harmonized. And all the chakras are going beautifully well together.

When you do it yourself, you can also start a little lower. if you want. You could start three to six inches below your basal chakra … three to six inches down your legs, like this [demonstrates].

And, if you are spry, or you are sitting in a chair, you could do it even lower than that. One to two feet lower you are getting down toward the Earth Star, down near the ground. [demonstrates] … So that is for better grounding. The Earth Star chakra itself is about a foot beneath the soles of the feet; while you cannot click the cymbals where this chakra is, you can click them as low as possible, while at the same time placing your awareness on the true location of the Earth Star chakra.

All right then. You have seen the meditation. If you want, you can buy the Zildjian cymbals. Or you might try another kind of finger cymbals.

Other Musical Instruments That Can Be Used to Purify the Chakras

Or you can use any number of other musical instruments to purify the air in your home or workplace, and to purify your chakras. You can use clacking sticks … I do not know if I have any here, right handy. You can even use pot lids, if you do not have anything else. You can use a Tibetan singing bowl; that is a very cool sound.

Purifying and Balancing the Chakras With General Use Gems

And you can also apply gems to the chakras in order to purify them. General use gems that are inexpensive to purchase are black tourmaline …

Image: “Gems: Rough-Cut Black Tourmaline,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Gems: Rough-Cut Black Tourmaline,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

… rose quartz …

Image: “Gems: Rough-Cut Rose Quartz,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Gems: Rough-Cut Rose Quartz,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and clear quartz …

Image: “Gems: Rough-Cut Clear Quartz,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Gems: Rough-Cut Clear Quartz,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

You can buy them rough-cut, in three-pound bags … for example at  https://www.amazon.com/ place them in sunlight or moonlight, to absorb that energy … and then use the sunlight- or moonlight-charged gems on chakras that are not well balanced, or that need purifying.

[End of the video]

SKETCH OF THE NEW CHAKRA SYSTEM: 10 CHAKRAS

Note that the below sketch of the chakras has been updated here …

Link: “Visualization to Perfect the Bridge to the Subpersonal Chakras,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 11 June 2016; published on 13 June 2016 … https://wp.me/p7sZF7-6R2 ..

This chart shows the position of the chakras mentioned in the meditation …

Image: “New Chakra System: 10 Chakras,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 June 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: Sketch of a woman standing, with variously colored spheres along her midline and above and below her body. Spheres, from top: Stellar Gateway, God’s Head: yellow sphere 12-18 inches above the head; Soul Star: white sphere 3-6 inches above the head; Crown Chakra, Seventh Chakra Oldstyle: violet sphere at crown of head; Third-Eye Point, Sixth Chakra Oldstyle: indigo sphere between and just above eyebrows, in center of head; Ear Centers: dark blue spheres to right and left of the ears, and Causal Chakra (not visible, 3-4 inches behind the middle of the head); Throat Chakra, Fifth Chakra Oldstyle: blue sphere in center of throat; High Heart: turquoise sphere at level of thymus gland in upper chest; Middle Heart, Heart Chakra or Fourth Chakra Oldstyle: green sphere in center of chest at level of heart; Low Heart: light green sphere just beneath the Middle Heart; Solar Plexus: light yellow sphere just beneath where the lowest ribs join; Navel Point, Third Chakra Oldstyle: yellow sphere in the center of the body at the level of the navel point; Sacral Chakra, Sexual Chakra, Second Chakra Oldstyle: orange sphere at the level of the internal sexual organs; Basal Chakra, Root Chakra, First Chakra Oldstyle: red sphere at the perineum (between the anus and the sexual organs); Earth Star: brown sphere 12-18 inches below the soles of the feet.

Image: “New Chakra System: 10 Chakras,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 June 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: Sketch of a woman standing, with variously colored spheres along her midline and above and below her body. Spheres, from top:

  • Stellar Gateway, God’s Head: yellow sphere 12-18 inches above the head;
  • Soul Star: white sphere 3-6 inches above the head;
  • Crown Chakra, Seventh Chakra Oldstyle: violet sphere at crown of head;
  • Third-Eye Point, Sixth Chakra Oldstyle: indigo sphere between and just above eyebrows, in center of head;
  • Ear Centers: dark blue spheres to right and left of the ears, and
  • Causal Chakra (not visible, 3-4 inches behind the middle of the head);
  • Throat Chakra, Fifth Chakra Oldstyle: blue sphere in center of throat; High Heart: turquoise sphere at level of thymus gland in upper chest; Middle Heart,
  • Heart Chakra or Fourth Chakra Oldstyle: green sphere in center of chest at level of heart;
  • Low Heart: light green sphere just beneath the Middle Heart;
  • Solar Plexus: light yellow sphere just beneath where the lowest ribs join;
  • Navel Point, Third Chakra Oldstyle: yellow sphere in the center of the body at the level of the navel point;
  • Sacral Chakra, Sexual Chakra, Second Chakra Oldstyle: orange sphere at the level of the internal sexual organs;
  • Basal Chakra, Root Chakra, First Chakra Oldstyle: red sphere at the perineum (between the anus and the sexual organs);
  • Earth Star: brown sphere 12-18 inches below the soles of the feet.

CHAKRIC BALANCE USING GEMS OR COLORS SPECIFIC TO EACH CHAKRA

Chakric balancing work can be done using gems or colors specific to each chakra. The gems and colors to use in healing and purifying the traditional seven chakras are as in the image below. My preference is to start at the bottom and work my way up my aura. See …

Image: Oldstyle Chakras and Gemstones … https://naturalselfbyriasweetraw.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/slide1.png?w=676 ..

I feel that the new chakras within the body must be along the color gradient line of the old-style chakras. I think this because it is the gears of the chakras that change the energies of the chakras from very slow moving at the basal chakra to fast pulsating at the crown chakra. Thus the new chakras within the body would lie along the color gradient line created by the changeups of light created by the gears of the 7 chakras oldstyle.

Acting on this presumption, we could select healing colors and gemstones for the new chakras within the body, using colors intermediate between proximate oldstyle chakras.

Transpersonal and Subpersonal Chakras

As to the transpersonal chakras above the head, and the subpersonal chakras below the soles of the feet, there is not clear agreement on their colors yet. Meanwhile, I feel that brown would be a reasonable representation of the Earth Star, as that is the color of Earth, and a color in agreement with the gradient of the oldstyle chakras, only slower pulsating.

Current agreement as to the number of transpersonal chakras is that there are one to five such chakras; there are just two in the image.

Current agreement as to the number of subpersonal chakras is that there are one to six such chakras; there is just one as in the image.

I await agreement among the Lightworker community as to their aspects.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

These two sections of the above blog: SKETCH OF THE NEW CHAKRA SYSTEM: 10 CHAKRAS  … and …  CHAKRIC BALANCE USING GEMS OR COLORS SPECIFIC TO EACH CHAKRA … have been added from … Link: “Sketch of the New Chakra System: 10 Chakras,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 13 June 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-d83 ..

Image: “Yellow Roses,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Yellow Roses,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Daniella Breen offers as mp3 a chakra-by-chakra cleanse here … Link: “Daniella Breen” … https://daniellambreen.com/ Search the chakras mp3 under the tab: Sacred Heart Tools 

Then there is Judy Satori, who offers chakra and body balancing on her website … Link: “Judy Satori” … https://judysatori.com/ ..

And Tom Kenyon has a series of mp3s on chakra clearing here … Link: “Tom Kenyon” …  https://tomkenyon.com/ … 

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The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform in America . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 1 March 2016; published on 12 March 2016
Written in Santa Clarita, California, on returning from a trip up the California Central Valley in springtime.
Previous title: The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression
    • A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment
    • On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners
  • HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS
  • THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION
  • THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED
  • FOOTNOTES

Dear Ones,

A video about the homeless encampments of the Great Depression, the situation in America today, and the solutions implemented by President Theodore Roosevelt long ago. What answers to this problem might be usefully considered today? Also, American work furlough programs as the wave of the future for prisoners convicted of less notably violent crimes.

There is an edited Summary after the video. Then there are additional sections that supplement the topic of the video.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I thought I would tell you a story that my mom told me, in relation to a newspaper story that I saw the other day. The two are related, but they are miles apart in terms of years and generations …

My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression

When I was very young, my mother told me the story of the Great Depression. That was the time she lived through before I was born. In the time of the Great Depression, there was no work to be had. There were a number of reasons why many men could not find work at all. And so, she said, they left their homes and their families, in hopes of finding work elsewhere. And they roamed around and lived under bridge abutments, off the sides of roads, in crude encampments of tent dwellings … and looked for work from there, in hopes that they could get money to support their families.

These tent villages were huge sometimes; and there was some lawlessness there …  sometimes fighting and brawling and alcohol drinking, and maybe even occasionally murders … and of course there was a problem with sanitation, and how they might find enough food to eat; and whether their tents would hold up in a rainstorm, whether they could be warm in the snow, and so forth.

These were desperate men. And the people in the towns, who lived near these homeless encampments, would come to the tent villages, and there would be huge fights and killings and drivings off of people, and so forth.

Then finally it came to the attention of the government, and they tried to think of a solution to this problem. One of the things they came up with, was the idea of hiring these people to do public works projects all over the United States … and often in areas that were rural.

So they would hire them. And in that way these people would have just enough money to support their families. And the Works Progress Administration would hire them; and in that way these people would have just enough money to support their families. And they would transport them to very rural locations.

One of the ideas I have is that then they could get into no trouble; there would be no alcohol; they could get their food supplied for them; and they would be with other people who were in equal economic straits, in a place where there was really nothing to be done but very hard work … with good results too, because among these public works projects of the 1930s, many still remain today. Bridges were built all over the United States. They worked on all kinds of public projects, including roads. And they did great work, very enduring work that is still there. They built the transportation system of America.

Link: “The Living New Deal” … https://livingnewdeal.org/ ..

During a time when there was no hope, the government helped to supply them with a living for themselves and their families.

A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment

That is mom’s story. And so now to get to the story that I saw in the newspaper that I saw in the newspaper the other day: I saw a story about a homeless encampment in San Francisco. There wree problems that were reminiscent of the homeless encampments in the 1930s, problems with lawlessness, sanitation, the use of drugs, and so on.

Consequently the government ordered that everyone leave that area. Some people complied, and some people would not comply. At the time that I read this newspaper article, there were people who were determined to stay and express their right to be where they were.

I feel it is time for the government to consider what can be done to employ these people. For instance, there was a nurse there who had lost her work. What can be done to turn around this situation? How can these people be housed? How can they receive medical care? How can they get hope back into their lives?

It is important. This time is now. We do not want homelessness and lawlessness in our cities. But the answer is not violence. The answer is not government edicts to move on. The answer is some constructive thing that can help them to achieve whatever goals they may have that are positively oriented towards society.

I hope this will be considered in the near future, for America. We thought of it long ago. This is just like a redux; it is a return to something to help them maintain their ideal of the American dream, just as we who are homed hope to maintain that ideal.

On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners

There is one more thing that I found out during my recent road trip north through California. I was in Ukiah, the county seat of Mendocino County, where there was a work realignment program that allowed all but violent criminals to work at jobs like emptying trash receptacles and road work, and so forth, and then just be in prison at night.

Link: “Corrections: Alternative Programs,” at Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office …  http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/corrections/workrelease.html Home Detention, Work Release, Work Furlough

I believe this was for people who had been convicted of crimes that were not notably violent. This seems to be the wave of the future for criminal justice: Not so much to house people in hopeless circumstances, where they simply scheme to get back at society for what has been done to them, but instead to allow them a chance to work towards a change in their attitude … a chance to have jobs like other people have, and a chance to be treated more humanely, so that they can begin to learn the true rules of society. I say this because I feel it likely that people who operate from the perspective of the criminal mind have not been granted that kind of view of the way that society functions, that most people get. So this is a chance to do that.

You all take care. Love you lots. Bye bye.

Photos by Alice

Image: “Central California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

[This is the end of the video. The following are supplemental sections …]

HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS

I recently perused an article that mentioned there are now 6,000 homeless in San Francisco …

LInk: “San Francisco Wants Homeless to Leave Tent Camp, But Some Vow to Fight,” by Thomas Fuller, 26 February 2016 … http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/27/us/san-francisco-wants-homeless-to-leave-tent-camp-but-some-vow-to-fight.html?_r=0 ..

San Francisco’s response to this problem was to evacuate a tent city on Division Street, citing health problems. Of course, the larger problem is: What to do about the homeless all across America.

THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

This Wikipedia article describes the homeless encampments of the Great Depression …

LInk: “Hooverville” … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooverville ..

In the early 1930s, millions were homeless. Those living on the streets numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

In bitter derision of then-President Herbert Hoover, homeless shantytowns were termed ‘Hoovervilles’.  Homeless families were camped out in New York’s Central Park. There were eight Hoovervilles in Seattle. There was a very large Hooverville in St. Louis as well, with 4 districts and its own mayor.

“The Bonus Army” was a group of World War I veterans who established a Hooverville in the District of Columbia. At its peak, this shantytown numbered 15,000 veterans seeking their benefits. Apparently, there was much violence surrounding this encampment. Here is a very famous photo of veterans fighting with law enforcement …

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Image: “Photograph of Bonus Marchers,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonus_marchers_05510_2004_001_a.gif … public domain

Image: “Photograph of Bonus Marchers,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonus_marchers_05510_2004_001_a.gif … public domain

The Bonus Army shantytown was finally burned down …

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Image: “Shacks, Put Up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia Flats, Washington, D.C., Burning After the Battle with the Military. The Capitol in the Background,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evictbonusarmy.jpg … public domain

Image: “Shacks, Put Up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia Flats, Washington, D.C., Burning After the Battle with the Military. The Capitol in the Background,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evictbonusarmy.jpg … public domain

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Image: “Unemployed Men Queued Outside a Depression Soup Kitchen Opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02/1931,” U.S. Information Agency, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Unemployed_men_queued_outside_a_depression_soup_kitchen_opened_in_Chicago_by_Al_Capone,_02-1931_-_NARA_-_541927.jpg … public domain

Image: “Unemployed Men Queued Outside a Depression Soup Kitchen Opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02/1931,” U.S. Information Agency, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Unemployed_men_queued_outside_a_depression_soup_kitchen_opened_in_Chicago_by_Al_Capone,_02-1931_-_NARA_-_541927.jpg … public domain

It looks like a similar situation existed in Houston in the 1930s …

Huts_and_unemployed_in_West_Houston_and_Mercer_St_by_Berenice_Abbott_in_Manhattan_in_1935

Image: “Huts and Unemployed, West Houston and Mercer St., Manhattan,” Image ID: 482853,” by Berenice Abbott, 25 October 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Huts_and_unemployed_in_West_Houston_and_Mercer_St_by_Berenice_Abbott_in_Manhattan_in_1935.jpg … public domain

Image: “Huts and Unemployed, West Houston and Mercer St., Manhattan,” Image ID: 482853,” by Berenice Abbott, 25 October 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Huts_and_unemployed_in_West_Houston_and_Mercer_St_by_Berenice_Abbott_in_Manhattan_in_1935.jpg … public domain

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Image: “‘A Bennett Buggy’: An Automobile Powered by Horses Because Its Owner Couldn’t Afford Gas,” University of Saskatchewan Archives, 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Bennett+Buggy&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns12=1&ns14=1&ns100=1&ns106=1#/media/File:35bennettbuggy.jpg … public domain

Image: “‘A Bennett Buggy’: An Automobile Powered by Horses Because Its Owner Couldn’t Afford Gas,” University of Saskatchewan Archives, 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Bennett+Buggy&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns12=1&ns14=1&ns100=1&ns106=1#/media/File:35bennettbuggy.jpg … public domain

Here are more photos from the Hooverville era …

Link: “Hoovervilles” … https://carolyngreatdepression.weebly.com/hoovervilles.html ..

THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED

The New Deal was President Theodore Roosevelt’s answer to the Great Depression. See …

LInk: “New Deal,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal#Public_works ..

President Roosevelt’s Public Works program, mentioned in the video and in the Wikipedia article, put many homeless men to work building bridges, dams, courthouses, post offices, and roads. It might be good to have such a government program today to employ the homeless and help build a better America.

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Image: “6,000 Men and a Scenic Boulevard,” Civil Works Administration, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1934, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CWA_6000_men.jpg … public domain

Image: “6,000 Men and a Scenic Boulevard,” Civil Works Administration, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1934, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CWA_6000_men.jpg … public domain

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Subsistence Living: Water, Housing, and Sanitation . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 25 January 2015; revised

  • SUBSISTENCE LIVING
  • WATER LIFTS
  • SOLAR STILLS
  • HOUSING
  • SANITATION
  • DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS
  • PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY

Dear Ones,

Here is information on subsistence living that I found intriguing. For myself, I’ve printed what looked important out.

SUBSISTENCE LIVING

Link: “Subsistence Economy,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsistence_economy ..

Link: “Grit: Rural American Know-How” … http://www.grit.com/ ..

Link: “Mother Earth News” … https://www.motherearthnews.com ..

Link: “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” … http://www.almanac.com/ ..

WATER LIFTS

Link: “Archimedes Screw,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes%27_screw ..

Link: “Egypt’s Nile Valley Basin Irrigation,” by Sandra Postel … http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/nile/t1.html ..

Link: “Noria,” a water lift, in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noria ..

Video: “Wooden Water Wheel in Europe,” [Noria], by epSOS.de, 24 April 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VxMgfRcgp8 … Notice the shape of the buckets, which may be important to the function. 

Link: “Sakia Water Pump,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakia ..

Link: “Shadoof,” a counterpoise lift, in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadoof ..

SOLAR STILLS

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Image: “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, no date given, from Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Puits_Solaire.jpg … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 2.0 Generic

Image: “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, no date given, from Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Puits_Solaire.jpg … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 2.0 Generic 

Here is a variant on this, using a tub, a water glass, a sheet of heavy duty plastic, twine or tape, and plastic tubing …

Image: Homemade, High-Output Solar Water Still … https://i.pinimg.com/736x/cf/a4/46/cfa4461e2f7578c34b3e9dae5ba24e9c–water-still-camping-survival.jpg ..

Here are more references on the topic:

HOUSING

Link: “Hut,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut … See also the links at the bottom of the page.

Link: “These Quonset Inexpensive Kit Homes Start at Less than $8,000” … http://buildinghomesandliving.com/metal-buildings/these-quonset-inexpensive-kit-homes-start-at-less-than-8000 ..

SANITATION

Link: “Simple Pit Latrines,” WHO … http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygiene/emergencies/fs3_4.pdf ..

Link: “Appropriate Technologies on Low-Cost Toilet Technology,” Gramalaya – Tiruchirapalli … http://www.gramalaya.in/pdf/appropriateLowcost_toilet_technology.pdf ..

DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Dream Homes . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 24 July 2013; published on 25 July 2013; revised on 28 June 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

I did a video on dreams and life, houses and trees, nature and nurture. I had concerns about putting a video up, with people’s homes in it. But then I realized it is likely ok to show the front yards and fronts of homes of people from the street in this movie because similar views of front yards and fronts of homes are offered on Redfin and on Google Maps. In addition, the addresses are not provided, so that should be all ok.

Beneath the video is a Summary …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones! Check out the shades! … [points to sunglasses] … It’s Alice.

I’m over here in Santa Monica, on a street north of Wilshire, a residential street. And I was reminded … For 20 years I lived in Santa Monica, and I lived in a tiny, rent-controlled apartment. And I worked at UCLA as a secretary.

And I used to walk on this street. And I used to think: Wow! If I just had a place like this … or if I lived on this street … I would be really happy! Maybe one day I’ll be able to live there.

So when I retired, I could not afford to live on a street like this, which I am going to show you in a minute. But I moved to a house in the less expensive ‘burbs. And it was bigger, and it was closer to nature. And at first I was really happy, because I had achieved my dream. You know? … To move into a house in a kind of rural setting.

And then, a year or so went by, and I started to notice that everything was kind of really the same … except that I had more yard work to do. [laughs] So I thought I would show you this street a little bit. So, let’s see what I can do … Ok, here we go … All right, so I am just going to show you a couple of places here. [shows a well-manicured yard] This is one house here. It has a winding, brick walkway, and secret little places inside.

And we are going along the walk, here … facing the ocean. The ocean is just over the cliffs, at the end of the street. And you see the street is lined with beautiful, old magnolia trees. They grow pretty well here. They grow bigger down South, in the United States. Kind of beautiful … beautiful, white blossoms. Hardly any traffic on this street. Beautiful, green grass …

And the next house we are coming to … The houses are all very different here. The next house we’re coming to, is easier on the water. [shows xeriscape garden] You know, water in California is very expensive. If you look at the landscaping … and a completely different kind of house here … kind of a Spanish culture house [shows house] … and the grounds are a mixture of water and sand, with water-tolerant or low-water plants in it. Completely different. I learned a lot about plants on this one.

And then this next house [shows house] is a modern house … And that is an example of hardscape and concrete, and it hardly requires any water. And when you look closely, there are just a few drought-tolerant plants in the yard. Very modern.

So, three different kinds of houses. And there are a lot of other kinds of houses on this street. [pans around street, and to a magnolia tree] So I just thought I would mention, you know, I don’t know how much money is tied up on this street. But, quite a bit, probably.

But when push comes to shove … I mean, the houses are beautiful, but to my way of thinking, it is really the trees that are the most beautiful thing. And trees are free to walk under, everywhere.

That is all I have to say today. Blessings!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Note: I guess it is ok to show the front yards and fronts of homes of people from the street in this movie. I feel that because similar views of front yards and fronts of homes are offered on Redfin and on Google Maps. In addition, the addresses are not provided, so that should be all ok.
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