Being homeless is not a crime! Yet termed out Mayor Eric Bever - running for a seat on the Mesa Consolidated Water Board - wants to close down two of his cities homeless charities. What's next on your agenda, Mayor Bever, will you attempt to deny water to the homeless if you are elected to the Water Board?
In early October, Mayor Eric Bever asked city administrators to investigate enforcing the city's nuisance ordinance on two longstanding city charities in an attempt to run them out of Costa Mesa. Bever believes Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Share Our Selves are at fault for attracting homeless people to Costa Mesa, thereby creating a nuisance.
"Rather than putting a Band-Aid on a bloody elbow, I think we need to deal with the source of the problem," Bever said in an OC Register article. "My belief is if we manage to put the soup kitchen out of business that'll go a long way in addressing the attractive nuisance that we have in our city that's creating a huge negative impact."
Someone Cares dishes out about 300 hot meals a day, and Share Our Selves provides clothing, medical services and 250 bags of groceries every day to those who are homeless or in poverty.
Mayor Bever, the homeless are people, too. They are children... seniors... families... veterans. If homelessness is a problem in your city, then initiate programs that HELP them get into housing. Learn about the issues surrounding homelessness, and find compassionate and humanitarian solutions that can be a blueprint for other cities to follow.