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MORE ON PROP 98 – JUNE 3, 2008

What do you think the first fruits of the elimination of rent control would be? Even more homelessness, especially in neighborhoods like Hollywood, where the working poor have been holding on with their fingertips, while the storm of gentrification blows through.

Already I’ve begun to notice even more new homeless people. You recognize them because they are still fairly clean and instead of the vacant look of defeat that you normally see, these people look shocked and afraid. Often they still haven’t divested themselves of everything but the barest essentials. They still try to drag several pieces of luggage from place to place. They certainly aren’t used to the disdain that they draw from others.

“Hey! Two weeks ago, when I had an apartment, I was just like you.”

I’m just saying that for them, the newly homeless, for them I really feel deep pity. I don’t know why I differentiate, except the newly homeless don’t smell and usually don’t hit me up for money. What can be more sad and pathetic, I ask you? And there’s more on the way if you vote yes for this proposition.

The way the economy is going, it’s only going to get worse. And these jerks want to get rid of rent control that often protects elderly people who’ve been living in the same building for years, or the house-bound, for whom relocation can only represent the worst of nightmares, and then most of all there are the working poor with families who can only afford rent in old buildings.

Please vote NO on Proposition 98!

Feed the rich; serve the poor!


About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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