Councilmember Jay Schenirer Tuesday asked city staff to create a plan in coming weeks for a roving jobs van that would recruit homeless people downtown and pay them a day’s wage to do tasks such as picking up trash, scrubbing graffiti and pulling weeds.Hmmm..... Is this a good idea? Suspicious folks on Albuquerque's streets have warned homeless people there that city officials are using the vans to harvest organs for profit. And here in Sacramento, Joe the Plumber has already warned me that city officials are using rolling semi-trailers as mobile crematoria to address Sacramento's homelessness problem.
...“It’s a win-win,” said Schenirer, “It would be good for the city if we had people doing work that would beautify the city.”
...Schenirer didn’t come up with the idea of a day laborer program himself. It’s modeled after a program in Albuquerque, N.M. called “There’s a Better Way,” started by that city’s Republican Mayor, Richard Berry.
Well, at least we learn from Albuquerque. Like Jay Schenirer says, “It’s a win-win.”