Los Angeles’s New Map for Overnight

If you live in your car or have to sleep in your car overnight, you need to know about the new rules for where this is legal. Restrictions have been placed to keep you away from parks, schools and day cars. (Apparently the LA City council thinks you are all child molesters ?)

Do you see all of the RED lines, you can’t park there: anytime.

The YELLOW lines are okay for daytime parking.

The GREEN zones are okay overnight.

Except, and here is where it gets nasty, this map does not account for local ordanances and what the actual street signs say. The map has some green lines that I know good and well are “no overnight parking” spots. Trust me, I have had the Parking Boot of shame on my car – I am a parking ticket expert.

Good luck guys.

Expungement

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “EXPUNGE” MY RECORD?

 

If you have successfully gotten a 1203.4 dismissal (“expungement”), it does NOT mean that the conviction is wiped away, sealed, purged or destroyed!  The arrest is still there, charges are still there, but technically the conviction is “set aside and dismissed”.

Okay, so what does that mean?

  1. On your official criminal history kept in Sacramento, the case number will have the words “set aside and dismissed” next to it instead of “convicted”.  That might help you for things like getting state licenses (like nursing licenses, etc).  On background checks done by private employers, they might see that the conviction, was dismissed also.  There is no guarantee, though, that they won’t still see the conviction, because they just check public records. 

 

  1. If potential employer asks you if you have ever been convicted, you can honestly answer no!  Legally, the conviction is gone.  If you know they are going  to do a background check, though, you might want to say that you had a case dismissed (just in case they don’t see the expungement when they look through the public records).

 

IMPORTANT!  There are a few places you still have to say yes, you have been convicted, even if it’s all been expunged.  Those places are: 1) the INS;  2) any state or local licensing agency (like when you’re applying for a guard card or nursing license);  3) contracts with the state lottery;  and 4) in an application for public office. 

  1. If you’re applying for a job in a different state, you better be on the safe side and tell

potential employers that you had a case but it was dismissed, just in case they have different rules.       

            What about the police and government agencies?

  1. Expunged convictions can still be used as priors and strikes.
  2. Expunged convictions can still effect your driving privileges.
  3. Expunged convictions can still restrict your ability to possess a firearm.
  4. Expungement does not affect sex offender registration requirements.
  5. Expungement may help you get a state license, but it’s NO GUARANTEE!  You should check with the licensing agency to see if you can get a license with your criminal background, even if the convictions are expunged.

Domestic Violence Victems who work

have new protections in Conneticut. http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/article.asp?articleid=102508

“explicitly prohibits an employer from refusing to hire, terminating, penalizing, threatening, or otherwise retaliating against any employee because the worker is a victim of family violence or because the employee attends or participates in a court proceeding related to a civil case in which he or she is a victim of family violence.”

Why does this matter? It is hard to find homeless women employment, especially if they are experiencing DV. Keeping therapy appointments,court dates and other interruptions to work makes it difficult for even the most understanding employer to keep someone on the payroll – much less want to hire them.

But, having been in  a DV situation does not take away from the drive, talent or skill that a worker could bring to a job.  And someone escaping DV needs that job and paycheck desperately.

Homeless is a “life style choice”

Re: Assembly Bill 2706

157,000 Californians are making a “Lifestyle Choice” by being Homeless . So says Republican Anthony Adams. No wonder they tried to recall him and he won’t run for re-election.

Some of the men and women I have met at work ARE making a life style choice. they have family who would take them in and give them a permanent place to live, but that is not what they want.

Most of the men and women and ALL of the children who are without homeless are not there by “choice”, it is the circumstance.

And this circumstance makes them invisible. They are less likely to vote or be connected to the community or feel free to engage with the political, social or emergency services in their communities.

If the Homeless Hate Crime law is not passed within California – who will stand up for them and get the politicians notice? Who will make the law makers take action? You and I should – after all, “We the people” means YOU and ME.

What the bill means is that when a person who is homeless is attacked, they have the right to sue their attacker as a “hate crime”. The idea is that it would make the aggressors think twice before stomping, beating, burning, spitting on, dragging by auto, members of the Homeless Population. The items I just listed have all happened in the past 12 months.

What are your thoughts?

Is it a CRIME or are you just MEAN?

Attitudes that the homeless citizens  are stray animals who breed and come back to places that feed them  are becoming more prevalent in society. “They are homeless because they are lazy” “god has turne dhis back on them because they are bad”, “The sins of the father are being visited on the son”, “If he had been a better student he wouldn’t be homeless”, “Those people are leeches who are spending MY TAX dollars.” . . . “I don’t know if it is illegal, I only know that I don’t want to have to see or hear about them.”

Personally, I have grown up with this rhetoric. One of my parents sees poverty and homelessness as a disgrace and personal failing that reflects a person's true value and moral character.  (Never the less, I am a social worker for the homeless. Ha Ha!.) I lost a lot of my friends when I became a Welfare Mom and only now are these girls talking to me - ow that I have the shiny red car and a place to rent and a job. That all makes them much more comfortable around me, as if poverty was contagious . . .  but that's not what i wanted to talk to you about.

LAWS making the symptoms of homelessness  criminal acts are still on the books. Please, take your lunch break on Friday on the curb in front of your office or house. Did you know that is a criminal act in many place. Sometimes it is a crime only during business hours, other times it is a crime any time of day.

The City of Los Angeles, where I love, live and sometimes work – has recently spent $5.7 million on Homeless Services while spending $6 million on police dedicated to patrolling skid row and another $3 million prosecuting vagrants and locals (aka Homeless) for jaywalking etc. I would not be surprised to hear they tried to list that as an extra $9 million in Homeless Protection Services.  I once watched five police men wait for a homeless looking man to drink his Starbucks Coffee just to arrest him for loitering within seconds of the last drop being drained.

It is illegal to camp in many cities – it is also illegal to sleep in your car. Apparently that thing they tell you in Driver’s Ed – to pull over and sleep if you are too tired to drive – is illegal. It is illegal to lie on the sidewalks or be in a public space or park after operating hours.

Although there may be no open public restrooms – it is illegal for you to urinate or defecate in public. While it is definitely gross, it is illegal. I am wondering if we could add public restrooms to all police stations so the general public (housed and unhoused) have a safer place to toilet.

It is illegal to share food in some places. LEt me call my kid and tell her not to share her lunch at school as it may be illegal in Orlando Florida. All the times my Girl scout troop camped out and ate out of the same pot, ot my friends and I had a party, or I gave sandwiches to the homeless are incidences of criminal acts.

So, don’t sleep, sit or lay down. Don’t need to eat or  put anything in your body that may eventually need to come out of your body if you are homeless.

You tell me, will these laws:

1. end homelessness

2. force people into housing (can you CITE someone into a home?)

3. teach us to be hard hearted and continue punishing people who are already having a hard time (isn’t that called bullying?)

4. waste a bunch of money that could be used for ANYTHNG else – related to helping the poor or not.

Let’s play a game

The ACLU School to Prison Pipeline Game. PLAY THE GAME
Seriously, after several months of watching my child’s LAUSD North Hollywood High School – I can see some truth in this. The really useful options. however are missing.
1. Go to school early with a note from your mom about the cell phone. Leave the phone with the nurse or have your mom call the school and they can call you out of class for an update. As a mom, I want to tell you that there really is no reason you NEED to have a cell phone in class.
2. Um, where was the parent in all of this? No legal assistance either?Abuse, Battery, assault charges are all valid ones for the school security guard.
3. Have you ever seen the Po-po pick someone up for truancy? Ya, me neither.
4. Okay, tell me more about these Continuation Schools. And no, expulsion or suspension always did sound stupid to me. Really, they can’t have a special class of “Suspended” students to give the one on one attention they really need.
5. From my desk in the welfare office – I have to tell you that the biggest contribution the schools have made in expanding the homeless population : turning out people who can not read, write or reason for themselves (with or without diplomas).

Double Talk

“Wiley pointed out that the city offers a multitude of services for the homeless and recently unveiled a 12-point plan featuring a three-pronged approach of enforcement, intervention and prevention to deal with homelessness on the South Coast.”

3 prongs, 12 points – HUH?!? Be specific.
You know my favorite three words “Measurable, Observable, and Achievable” – tell me your plan.

I found this quote when I read about the city of Santa Barbara targeting the homeless with restrictive public laws about sleeping out doors etc.

It is never a crime to be homeless, it is just a crime to show the symptoms of homelessness such as not having a bed to sleep in or a private toilet to use.

Here is a link to the article from The Daily Sound. Please note the advert for a massage spa under the photo of homeless possessions.