In my post those experiencing homelessness, I addressed the need to treat those experiencing homelessness as individuals. Individuals with sufficient cognitive ability, however, can decide either to accept or resist assistance. Mental health professionals and volunteers struggle with the fact everyday. As a result I often hear phrases like “we can’t help someone who doesn’t want help.” That’s true, and given the limited resources, time, and energy of those trying to help, this approach is completely understandable and expected. Especially … read more
On December 22, 1783, after eight long years of war, General George Washington surrendered his commission to Congress. The act was the response to a viable plot by his officers, with Washington as their leader, to march on Congress and take over the government. This was a plot that would have obviously altered the course of history, but something not uncommon in a post revolutionary environment. Similarly, in 1796, then President Washington announced that he would not run for a … read more
As a member of the Costa Mesa Street Team, I’ve had to opportunity to meet and relate with countless residents experiencing homelessness. As a result I’m often asked why I think people end up without a home. The reality is there is no answer to the question. Policy wonks, however, love to categorize. You might hear things like “some are mentally ill, some are addicts, and some are just down on their luck”. These are often true, but some may … read more
As always, my family and I had the pleasure of hearing a sermon from our Pastor, Mike Gibson, at Christ Lutheran Costa Mesa this Easter Sunday. Pastor Mike always does a wonderful job, but his message this Sunday struck a chord. He spoke about the parable of the house built on rock, Matthew 7:24-27. Here is the passage 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house … read more
After over a year of campaigning, we unfortunately cannot declare victory in our race for Costa Mesa City Council. This does not mean we weren’t successful! My family and I are forever thankful for your overwhelming contribution of prayers, time, and hard earned dollars to our campaign. The support we received for our cause was truly humbling, and it will live in my memory as long as I live. I am proud that we were able to provide a platform … read more
Read Commentary in the Daily Pilot There are some minor differences from the original. My original title was “Motels Are Only a Manifestation of a Larger Problem, It’s Time for a Comprehensive Solution”. It’s not just a piece on homelessness although that is a significant element.
We are so fortunate to live in a community where residents see a problem, and actually work to fix it. Our local churches and non-profit organizations, for instance, are doing some wonderful things in the area of homelessness. As a member of the Costa Mesa Street Team, and an active participant in Trellis, I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of many of them. None of this amazing work, however, can replace the need for housing. Most urgently, the need … read more
“So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” – President John F. Kennedy. Politics here in our city have a tendency to become personal. This election will likely prove no different. This is not what most residents want to see. On my precinct walks in Costa Mesa, the message from our neighbors is loud and clear: Our community is looking for fresh perspectives, … read more