San Diego starts new program to give free money away in experimental new plan

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San Diego, CA: San Diego has enrolled into a new nationwide program that offers free, no- strings- attached, monthly cash payments to eligible low-income families to help with bills and other basics.

But will it succeed?

Since March, 150 families in the South Bay area of the city have been receiving $500 per month for miscellaneous expenses.

The program, referred to as guaranteed income, has two similar programs being launched this fall.

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According to a column on the gopusa.com website, it stated:

“The county government will soon provide about $500 a month to several hundred low-income families deemed at risk for neglect or abuse that would require intervention by the county’s child welfare system.”

It continued:

“And two nonprofits — Café X and Jewish Family Service — will provide $1,000 a month to 25 low-income Black women, with hopes of expanding that to 50 in the program’s second year.”

The state of California has plans to contribute an additional $35 million in grants to other cities that want to participate in the guaranteed income program.

The intended goal, according to the non-profit organizations responsible for the program, is to help boost the finances for struggling families to get them over difficult obstacles, like food insecurities, rent and so on.

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It also hopes the additional income will give families more options to better themselves, like going back to school, seeking more hours at work, or pursuing new career opportunities.

The program has been applauded as a potential early success with additional plans to expand. However, it also has its critics who feel it is setting a bad precedent.

According to the column, it stated:

“Critics say guaranteed income goes against an American ideal that prosperity should require every dollar to be earned, and that handouts make people lazy. Some also raise concerns it could contribute to inflation, or that it can let employers that don’t pay living wages off the hook.”

The new program has been monitored and controlled by numerous non-profit organizations. But it is unclear whether this will remain the same or if local governments will assume the responsibility, or if it will be a combination of both non-profits and government oversight.

Democratic Corruption

An area of significant concern comes from the government side of things.

If the programs are turned over and controlled by local or state governments, critics believe there is a much greater chance the program will fail, be mismanaged, or even completely abused.

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Government entities, especially Democratic entities, are infamous for their gross mismanagement of government funded programs- often fueled by a greed for money and/or power.

Democratic governments often include wasteful overlapping services, unnecessary layers of oversight and are heavy in red tape and bureaucracy.

Once that happens, too many politicians and government workers involved in the program often want their ‘piece of the pie’ and find a way to somehow skim off the top. By the time the program runs through the saturated Democratic system, there’s hardly anything left for the intended recipients of the program.

Guaranteed Income & Universal Basic Income

The guaranteed income was inspired by the universal basic income programs that came out during the pandemic- where no strings attached cash payments went to people around the country to help with basic needs (or whatever).

But unlike this program, guaranteed income is specifically targeting at-risk families that need a boost to open more opportunities.

The program is aimed at families that have a higher risk of leading to child abuse or neglect.

According to the column:

“It will instead focus on low-income families across the county that have been deemed at risk for intervention by child welfare services. ‘They have loving parents who are constrained by lack of resources,’ said County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, who is spearheading the county pilot program.”

It continued:

“County officials say roughly 60 percent of children who enter the foster care system do so because of what gets characterized as parental neglect but what many say is often just the symptoms of poverty. Either parents can’t afford enough food, or they leave their children home alone while they are at work because they can’t afford childcare.”

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Organizers from the non-profit organizations understand that this is still too early in the process to deem it a success. They are carefully monitoring the progress and understand that there are no guarantees of the program’s future.

Th open-mindedness is a bit of relief because it could very well fail, and lead to bigger issues.

However, if these Democratic politicians want to get their hands in on the program, you can bet the house that it will fail- because that’s what they’re good at.

San Diego starts new program to give free money away in experimental new plan

In other San Diego news…

Street justice: Carjacking suspect gets confronted by victims, beat up until the San Diego police arrive on scene

Posted July 7, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CA – According to reports, victims of a carjacking confront their assailant in downtown San Diego and beat him until police arrived on scene.

The incident took place early morning on Wednesday, July 6th when San Diego officers found a man hiding behind a parked car after reports of an attempted car theft in the 800 block of 10th Avenue, near E Street.

When officers approached the suspect, he ran into the driver’s seat of another vehicle and the owner of that vehicle and another man rushed the car and began striking the suspect. Police removed the suspect from the vehicle and detained him.

Another man, identified as Arthur Calvin, said that the suspect attempted to take his vehicle just moments before the confrontation. Calvin added:

“He tried to jump in my car and fight with me at the same time. I had to pull over. Oh man, it was a trip.”

After the suspect was arrested, police found and seized drugs and paraphernalia. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he was assessed by medical staff.

In a separate incident, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is actively investigating a collision in which a driver struck a police vehicle in Bankers Hill on the morning of Tuesday, July 5th, and fled the scene. SDPD officials said that a department vehicle was in the 2100 block of Front Street at around 3:45 a.m. when it was hit by a car.

After the collision, the car continued to drive on and after about four blocks of following, SDPD pulled the car over. Officers detained both the driver and the passengers for questioning. The driver was later evaluated for a possible DUI. No injuries were reported.

In Philadelphia, a carjacking victim shot at the masked suspects as they were driving away with the car. The incident happened just after midnight on Wednesday, July 6th, on Harbison Avenue and Comly Street.

According to police, the two armed and masked attackers approached the two victims and demanded their vehicle. As the suspects drove off in the stolen Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, one of the victims opened fire at them, shooting five times.

As of this writing, police still do not know if the carjackers were injured in their escape and no further details have been released.

An El Paso man has also been arrested for a carjacking that took place outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Centra area. The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Samson Conan Vaughn, was arrested on Friday, July 1st, on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

On June 19th, Vaughn allegedly pointed a weapon at a driver sitting in a parker car outside a 7-Eleven and forced the man to drive him to the Lower Valley, where Vaughn then took the vehicle. The type of weapon used in the incident has not been disclosed by authorities.

An investigation began after officers responded to a call from the victim, who was at a Speedway gas station at 7301 N. Loop Drive at Hawkins Boulevard near the El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus.

Vaughn was arrested weeks later when he was located by police in the 3900 block of Dyer Street near Jefferson Avenue in the Lower Dyer section of Central El Paso. Vaughn is being held at the El Paso County Jail Annex on bonds of $250,000 on the aggravated kidnapping charge and $150,000 on the aggravated robbery charge.

San Diego starts new program to give free money away in experimental new plan

San Diego continued…

Despite dire staffing crisis, dozens of San Diego officers receive “advance notice of termination” letters over medical “testing”

Posted July 7, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CA – It has been reported that dozens of San Diego police and other city employees have received “Advance Notice of Termination” letters for their failure to comply with and perform weekly COVID-19 testing.

The mayors office has confirmed that these notices have been sent to those employees who were granted religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. According to the San Diego Police Officers Association, nearly 20 San Diego Police Officers have received the notice of termination letter from the city.

The city also confirmed that dozens of other city employees in other departments have received notice of termination letters. The officers are among hundreds of city employees who were eligible to receive religious exemptions from the city’s December 2021 vaccine mandate.

Those who were granted the religious exemption were required to perform weekly COVID-19 tests as a means of preventing the spread of the virus. In March 2022, the city announced that it would be granting religious exemptions for hundreds of city employees, many of whom serve in the police and fire departments.

The decision to actually grant the religious exemptions came after dozens of employees with the police and fire departments sued the city over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Now, a few months later, the mayor’s office has announced that many of those individuals were not following through with the agreement for weekly testing.

A statement released by the mayor’s office reads:

“City employees who were granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate are required to do weekly testing. There are several employees in the police department who have failed to comply with the weekly testing accommodation. Those who fail to comply will be issued Advance Notice of Termination letters and will be afforded all due process rights and rights to representation.”

The statement added:

“The City has issued Advance Notice of Termination letters to approximately two dozen employees in other City departments for failing to comply with the weekly testing accommodation. Those employees have also been afforded all due process rights and rights to representation.”

San Diego Police Officers Association President Jared Wilson says that as the force continues to grapple with staffing shortages, rising crime rates, and trouble retaining quality officer, getting rid of officers is not the answer. He added:

“Over the past fiscal year, we’ve seen more than 240 officers leave our department. The significant and rapid departure of officers has out tremendous strain on our department, making it harder for officers to respond to calls, implement community policing, address quality-of-life issues, and generally protect public safety.”

Wilson added:

“By terminating 20 more officers, the city will be pouring gasoline on a fire that is already burning out of control. This is a decision that will not protect public safety and the well-being of San Diegans. It will do just the opposite.”

According to reports, in the 2021-22 fiscal year, which ended on June 30th, more than 230 San Diego police officers left the department, which was a 52 percent increase compared with the previous year.

Aside from the police department receiving the notice of termination letters, 34 employees from other departments received notices. That group includes 14 with the Municipal Employees Association; 13 with Local 127 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and five with San Diego Firefighters Local 145.

According to the city, employees who received the notices of termination will be given the opportunity to comply with the testing requirement or appeal the notices. Nicole Darling, director of the city’s communications department, said that the employees were given multiple changes to comply as the city offers free on-the-job testing.

Mayor Todd Gloria stated that it would be regrettable to have to terminate employees, though he expressed hope that they would comply. He said:

“I think we have been exceedingly patient with these folks. We have worked on this on an individual basis to understand where they’re at and what the concerns are.”

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