The Wuhan virus has affected the nation in ways that Americans are still trying to understand.
While the virus has dominated the news, existing problems didn’t go away.
Now one public health crisis just got worse because of the coronavirus.
Over 98,000 people have died as a result of the coronavirus, but California has done relatively well in terms of death tolls.
Despite its massive population, California has only seen roughly 3,700 coronavirus deaths, while New York State has accounted for nearly one quarter.
Two advantages specific to California are a diffuse population and warmer climates; the coronavirus supposedly does not survive as well in warm climates.
However, Governor Gavin Newsom’s response to the virus has gone too far.
Two urgent care doctors in Bakersfield detailed how the one-size-fits-all coronavirus policies are ineffective, and the mortality rate for the virus is much lower than initially expected.
One California problem that has worsened as a result of the Wuhan virus is the surging homeless population.
The state has approximately 150,000 homeless people (40% live in Los Angeles),
In response to the coronavirus, California attempted to house the homeless population in hotels, and as one would imagine, that plan has run into several hurdles.
First of all, the 15,000-plus rooms in the state set aside for homeless people have less than 50% occupancy.
The majority of people who live on the street are suffering from mental issues, addiction issues, or both.
Many are incapable of making rational decisions, so they simply don’t want to leave.
They would rather live in squalor than stay in a hotel room, partly because they have easy access to illicit drugs on the streets.
In order to combat this problem, the state thought it would be a good idea to provide them with alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana as an inducement to stay off the streets.
The radical move hasn’t worked and thousands of rooms remain vacant.
Also, the government hasn’t been able to negotiate contracts with hotels expeditiously, which prompted some leftist officials to call for a seizure of the hotel industry in Los Angeles County.
That would be a chilling fascistic move.
Another problem with this plan is that hotels haven’t been able to secure enough workers to accommodate the homeless population.
The hotel industry is all but dead right now, so finding workers within the state’s budget hasn’t been easy.
Finally, the state’s hotel policy has attracted even more homeless people.
Upon discovering that people were showing up to San Francisco in search of a free hotel room, far-left Mayor London Breed remarked, “That’s a real problem for me.”
California’s response to the homeless crisis, particularly in light of the coronavirus, has been wrong-headed, just like most leftist policies.
One of the basic rules of economics is that if you tax something, you get less of it, and if you subsidize it, you get more of it.
California Democrats have turned homelessness into a racket, and it’s yet another big mess for the state.