Homeless Legal Shell Game Maybe Over

Homeless Shell GameBy all accounts most everyone prefers to have the homeless simply disappear. A closer look at laws and ordinances enacted to curb homelessness on the streets of America is staggering.

From all outward appearances, seemingly benign laws such as, loitering, sleeping on the streets or in your vehicles, sit and lie ordinances are designed in reality, to force homeless individuals to go elsewhere.

Many experts in the field refer to such actions as “Selective Enforcement” a human shell game of legal maneuvering with the intent of clearing out the homeless population specifically those living in their vehicles as with the ordinance facing vehicle dwellers in Palo Alto.

Although city leadership would have us all think otherwise, there is no denying the fact that in Palo Alto city leaders are set to ban vehicles dwellers off the streets.

So what are they waiting for? Their waiting for the California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to render its decision on the constitutionality in a similar case as outlined in a memo by city manager James Keene to Palo Alto city council members.

The vast majority of past legal cases centers on vagueness of laws enacted and or the “lack of notice of proscribed conduct.” see: City of Chicago v. Morales, 527 U.S. 41 (1999).

We believe this is not just an ordinary 9th Circuit Court of Appeals waiting shell game, but valuable time being given the city of Palo Alto and its immense legal staff the opportunity of fine tuning or making sure that all vagueness is removed from the ordinance before enforcement begins.

Cheyenne Desertrain vs. City of Los Angeles

Update: The human legal vehicle dweller shell game maybe over.

The city of Palo Alto has been anxiously awaiting the decision coming down from the 9th circuit court of appeals in rendering or putting its final touches on banning vehicle dwellers off its streets.

The delays stem from an earlier challenge in the case of Cheyenne Desertrain vs. City of Los Angeles which questioned the constitutionality on a similar ban on vehicle serving as mobile shelters for the unconventionally housed.

This along awaited prolonged court battle for the time being is over. In its decision, the court stated and clearly pointed to the “Vagueness Doctrine”.

The vagueness doctrine is designed specifically to prevent this type of selective enforcement, in which a “‘net [can] be cast at large, to enable men to be caught who are vaguely undesirable in the eyes of the police and prosecution, although not chargeable in any particular offense.’” …


It’s unclear how the impact of this decision will effect the city of Palo Alto in rethinking or pursuing further its ban on vehicle dwellers. But, for the moment, the human legal vehicle dweller shell game maybe over….

3 Replies to “Homeless Legal Shell Game Maybe Over”

  1. I feel as though I am unwanted in the country I was born in simply because I am poor and on social security; which pays very little.

    I am afraid to get older here for what I have seen done to the elderly. And god knows how many children suffer and see no way out. The other week I saw a teenager climb out of her trunk. She was scared at night in her car sleeping. She got dressed and went to her job which paid minimum wage and does not pay enough to live in any apartment in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  2. Ciampi used to say there is a connection between homelessness and mental illness. Can anybody explain?

  3. November 24, 1933 – Nazis pass a Law against Habitual and Dangerous Criminals, which allows beggars, the homeless, alcoholics and the unemployed to be sent to concentration camps.

    In 1939, Dr. Viktor Brack, head of Hitler’s Euthanasia Department, oversaw the creation of the T.4 program, German effort—framed as a euthanasia program—to kill incurably ill, physically or mentally disabled, emotionally distraught, elderly people, and the systematic killing of children deemed “mentally defective.” Children were transported from all over Germany to a Special Psychiatric Youth Department and killed.

    I don’t know what he is thinking; it’s the authorities who are mentally ill repeating the first stages of Hitler’s totalitarianism. Statistically speaking the percentage of the mentally among the homeless is the same as those who are not homeless demonstrating that mental illness has no bearing on homelessness.

    The authorities use a campaign of fear and lies to mislead society into going along with their illegal laws the same way they interred the Japanese Americans during WW ll.

    “Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.” John Adams

    Jesus was a couch surfing homeless bum who mooched off of friends and family for three years and who spent long periods living outside.

    The authorities accused Jesus of being demon possessed. Mathew 12:24
    The authorities accused Him of being a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors, (extortionists), and sinners, (prostitutes). Luke 7:33-34. Ultimately they accused Jesus of being mentally ill for proclaiming himself to be the Son of God denying Him freedom of religion by executing him for exercising the same.
    Just like Hitler, the authorities use the charge of “mentally ill” to justify condemning the poor and removing them from the community by incarcerating them or having them involuntarily hospitalized. .

    God said there will always be poor in the land and to be openhanded to them enabling them to live in the land among the community, not to segregate them or jail them. This is unconditional help. Math. 26:11, Gal. 2:10, Deut. 15:11 Ex. 23:11, Lev. 19:15, 23:22, & 25:35
    Both Job and Lazarus were falsely accused by their friends, the wealthy and the authorities. If Lazarus and Job were living today the authorities would remove them from the street and have them incarcerated or involuntarily hospitalized. We know what happened to the rich man for solely neglecting Lazarus indicating how much worse it will be for those who actually cause harm to Lazarus. Mathew 25:31-36.

    “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31

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