I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…
Homeless Grandmother Arrested 59 Times for Sitting on Sidewalk:
(Tana Ganeva, AlterNet) Here’s an interesting use of public resources: as part of a decade-long effort to “clean up” Skid Row in Los Angeles (i.e. run the homeless out of the area to ease development), the city of LA has spent at least a quarter of a million dollars arresting, prosecuting and jailing just one homeless woman, 59-year-old Ann Moody, mostly for sitting on a public sidewalk.
Moody has been arrested 59 times in six years, reports the Los Angeles Times. She’s spent 15 months in jail since 2002. As the article points out, Moody has been arrested more than any other person in the entire city of Los Angeles.
The 59-year-old grandmother earned that distinction by flouting part of the municipal code that restricts sleeping, lying or sitting on a public sidewalk between 9pm and 6am, although she’s also been bagged for selling cigarettes. She explained her bad behavior to the Times: “We’re human beings, not to be pushed around like cattle,” she said. “We have a right to be stationary.”
My Commentary: Say “hello” to the city of Los Angeles’ PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE!
But, our taxes “take care” of the homeless, claims the naive, clueless, Utopian-minded Statist, without even a hint of irony…