City staffers and local homelessness experts politely and respectfully dismissed as utterly unworkable Mayor Anthony Silva’s plan for the city to purchase an apartment complex and use it as housing for the homeless.
Silva’s plan is “admirable in many ways” wrote City Manager Kurt Wilson diplomatically … BUT … a “series of issues” hampers the plan.
A series of issues. Such as …
• It’s too vague and lacking in thought-out details;
• Silva has no realistic idea of its cost;
• Or how to fund it;
• The city can’t afford it;
• Besides, it’s a “waste of money” because Silva did not work out how the housing would link to county/private services that transition homeless people into permanent housing.
• So tenants will just end up homeless again;
• And some of the provisions are illegal, such as “any person who refuses our services and simply just wishes to live where they want … will (be) escorted to the city line.”
Not to mention cruel. Silva’s plan, in other words, is an exercise in wishful thinking untethered to reality, similar to his insane “Stockton Proud” vision that called for baloney such as space needles,cruise ships, “fun rides” and mini golf at the Port.
It’s long been clear that Silva lacks the attention span to devise serious policy. Stockton’s mayor can make disadvantaged citizens feel valued. Credit him for that. But all he can offer them or anyone else are publicity stunts and risible policy failures.