As you know we have locked the facebook group (Irvine Residents for Responsible OC Solutions-formerly “Irvine Teny city protest”) from April 10th until April 19th.
We did this because the facebook algorithm makes it difficult to stay up to date on important info, meetings, etc. Its a revolving cycle of old posts mixed with new posts…and as you know, we are learning new things everyday in regards to this problem. Some people saw important posts, others didn’t simply due to the algorithm, which is out of our hands. We are currently working on setting up a forum on THIS website so we can have organized discussions regarding this issue.
We got some (3 people) backlash regarding us “censoring” and “violating” their 1st amendment rights to freedom of speech (wtf?) because we locked the page down for NINE days….so heres a little explanation (again)
We locked the facebook page so that for the next 9 days, we can regroup, and not argue amongst each other about the unknown. There is no need to divide during this time. We noticed (as well as other members pointed out) the group becoming somewhat toxic…so in an effort to keep the positive momentum going, we had to take this measure.
THAT BEING SAID…
The gathering that was yesterday (April 10th) was so unorganized, chaotic, and honestly nothing that I expected. We were told to be there at 6 for public speaking, and we were, some of us earlier…but the meeting got cut short due to the city not having much on the agenda.
People were understandably mad, I think in part because the meeting ended early which didn’t allow late comers to speak, and also because of the unorganization.
What I expected was a gathering to show support for our city officials who would then be more inspired to pressure the city…but what turned out, was a semi angry sounding mob of protesters who seemed angry at our city officials.
While I agree, the proposal that Todd Spitzer and Mayor Wagner announced for a shelter in Irvine was premature and definitely not something anyone expected…I also think a lot of residents were already on edge, and that sent a lot of us over.
Our Mayor has basically been backed into a corner by Judge Carter and the residents of Irvine (as well as the cities in south OC who have now come under his wing for solutions).
Lets be real, no city wants this problem in their city. Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton, should’ve never had to deal with it, their children never should have been exposed to it, when they spoke, their city should’ve listened, their city should’ve fought for their residents. The county failed them, and now the county is faced with a lawsuit and a crazy timeline to find a solution to a problem that the COUNTY let grow more than 8% in less than 2 years…so their solution? “Temporary” tent camps in 3 cities….we obviously saw how that worked out. The county seems to really have no clue as to what they should to do satisfy the judge, and their bullshit ideas clearly aren’t going over well with the residents.
While its sad to see our neighbors a few miles north ignorantly state “our kids suffered, now its your kids turn”…”what makes your kids better?” etc….the fact of the matter is this, no ones kids are better than the next…and NO, its not our kids turn to suffer. YOUR kids should’ve never suffered, and its not Irvine’s fault. It’s your cities fault for not fighting and standing up for the community. OC should’ve never gotten to the point where 3 cities had to rise up (in less than a week) to say “HELL NO, NOT OUR CITY!”
April 10th, our Mayor was basically declared the Mayor of all south OC by Judge Carter. The judge directed him to find a solution for the southern part of OC and to work collectively with those cities mayors to find that solution. Our impression of that meeting was that Judge Carter wants to break up the homeless hub we currently have, into 3 different hubs (north, south, and central OC) so one area is not absorbing all of the homeless.
Clearly both north and central OC already have their hubs of resources, so now its on south OC to find something.
SO while we await the Mayors meeting on April 19th, all the admins and core organizers of this movement decided it was a good idea to lock the facebook page down. We will reopen the page on the 19th, however THIS WEBSITE will have all the UP TO DATE information, meetings, etc.