A Pitiless Approach

Share this:

I am puzzled by the report that Laguna’s police department will be using a golf cart to round up homeless people found sleeping on the beach between the hours of 1 to 5 a.m. because “..people who walk in the early morning hours don’t like the nuisance issues and eyesore of people sleeping on the beach.”

People are actually taking their constitutional walk between 1 and 5 in the morning? Really?  And, how is the “eyesore” of people sleeping in the wee hours of the morning any different from what people see dozing on the grassy areas of Main Beach during the day?

While I agree that people sleeping in public places can be less than visually appealing, the decision to roust them in the early hours seems pitiless. Over 20% of homeless people are over 65, another 22% or more are mentally ill, 12% are veterans. We know that “moving them along” to the Alternate Sleeping Location (ALS), which operates at full capacity, isn’t an option. Staying at a friend’s house doesn’t seem like a reasonable possibility either or they would be sleeping there instead of the beach.

So, where will those picked up by the golf cart come to rest in these early hours of morn? Your yard? Jail? All bad options.

If you want to remove eye sores, provide permanent supportive housing or get ready to step around sleeping bodies of homeless seniors, the mentally ill, and veterans.


George Weiss, Laguna Beach

Share this:
Firebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
  • Hate speech that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic slurs, or calls for violence against a particular type of person.
  • Obscenity and excessive cursing.
  • Libelous language, whether or not the writer knows what they're saying is false.
We require users to provide their true full name, including first and last names, as a condition for comments. We reserve the right to change this policy based on future developments.

Scroll down to comment on this post.


  1. If you have an issue with it let them stay in your home! The homeless cause nothing but problems in the city! Stealing from local businesses, threatening innocent people! What’s it gonna take for you people to open your eyes? Some innocent people getting hurt by the homeless?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here