Apparently several Fullerton residents learned nothing from the murder of homeless resident Kelly Thomas by a few Fullerton police officers. Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who is currently the Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, has pushed the County into paying $3.1 million for a 29,000-square-foot building on two acres on South State College Boulevard, to be used as a permanent year-round homeless shelter, according to the Voice of OC.
Kudos to Nelson for doing something when so few cities in Orange County are doing anything. The homeless in Orange County are expected to weather the elements, where they are exposed to dangers that in the past two years have included the Fullerton police and a crazed killer. Why not give them somewhere safe and warm to sleep at night?
Shame on Santa Ana and Irvine for doing so little to help our homeless while Fullerton takes one for the County.
Shame on Fullerton’s NIMBY’s too. Have they already forgotten what their police did to Thomas?
A year-round shelter was the top recommendation of a city task force on homelessness and mental illness, after the murder of Thomas, according to the O.C. Register.