Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Help the homeless, go to jail

Remember, zoning ordinances are more important than human beings. Just ask Dan De Vaul, jailed for letting homeless people camp on his ranch.

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

1 comment:

  1. Well, there's a little more to it than that. Fire codes for one thing, since he's coated makeshift wooden shelters with motor oil.

    I didn't see anything in the article about sanitary facilities.

    But critics question Mr. de Vaul’s motives and methods, like charging tenants $300 a month for often meager shelter and asking them to perform five hours of odd jobs a week, like splitting wood, cooking and housework. Others wonder whether Mr. de Vaul is fighting to do good works or merely obsessed with sticking his thumb in the eye of authority.

    “I believe he truly does care for the people he takes in,” said Bruce Gibson, the outgoing chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. “And there’s only one thing he cares more about. And that’s fighting with the county.”

    Mr. de Vaul admits to enjoying battling local officials, but he also says he has been shaken by his prosecution.

    De Vaul seems pretty damned quixotic.



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