October 25, 2010
Thanks, Anthony. Getting back to your original post about the drunk "artist" Mr Moore who likes to punch Buddhists and attack people with bees, did you ever press charges? Did anybody? I notice he's right back to his daily drinkin' and peein' and paintin' in public ways. It should be obvious that his "art" is merely a cover for however he really makes money on the boardwalk.
See, it's this sort of predatory homeless that is attracted to Venice's lack of consequences environment that makes neighbors mistrust your generosity. He hurts your cause and the cause of all of the truly needy down on their luck homeless.
Maybe you could try to follow up with the police on this guy, get something done about him, not just because he'll almost certainly attack your operation again, but also as a show of good faith to the neighborhood you work in that you do understand their concerns and fears about the criminal homeless that terrorize and bully the innocent homeless and your neighbors.
Anthony can obtain a restraining order and can have the Police enforce it, very simply. It costs money to get one and to enforce it but since he runs the operations upon donations from many sources he can likely find a donor willing to finance the restraining order and it's enforcement. When this character attempts his next assault he will end up in front of a judge with an open and shut case to rule upon. From then on, this character can either leave Anthony alone or spend his days in county jail.
Yes I am following up on this Character. The day I showed (Friday)up he approached the front of my tent, seemingly drunk again and mentioned something to anyone within earshot that HE was THE BEE MASTER…I paid no attention until later in the day he stumbled in front again and acted like he was taking a photo of us.
Thanks for the advice. I will be filing a restrainning order and have been supported by LAPD. Next time I notice His Intoxication He will be called upon. I think they will do a sobriety test on any person drunk or appearing to be drunk in Public and on the boardwalk.
You are correct, he does hold grudges and most certainly seems the dangerous, unruly person when heavily drinking…Which is everyday. As the day wears on he gets more aggressive and leaves his area as if he doesnt care about his things.
April 13, 2012
Anthony Perez said
Thank you very much. you do not have to eat at a FREE FOOD TENT because you may feel awkward. I invite everyone to eat nomatter who you are. Thousands Pass us by and DO NOT HELP HOMELESS PEOPLE. In fact people will watch someone in the trash can and not walk up to them and feed them. That S**t hurts to see.
I know what it is to be Homeless. When i started FEEDING PEOPLE it was in the Back of the Paddle courts. handball courts etc. I FUNDED EVERYTHING. There were no Donations and no help around except by other homeless people who wanted to eat.
I FED BREAKFAST FOR A YEAR IN 2006/2007. IN 2009 I was Asked to SERVE FOOD ON THE BOARDWALK and told I could ask for Donations. I Started with a PENNY. Hot Soup and Hungry folks from the good ole USA.
When I was told I could not cook on The Boardwalk or have an open flame, I went back to the parking lot. A SUPERVISOR approached me and asked me to revamp my tent and take it back to the Boardwalk.
There you have an awareness, advertizing and sponsorship to help anyone willing to accept it. I cannot satisfy everyone, I do not even try. I Cook and FEED PEOPLE and hope they can stay clean and sober thru a full belly and service My Friends and local services provide. the mind doesnt exist with Food and or water.
Next phase is Grants, buildings, services, solutions, jobs…got any ideas???put them in writing along with your pennies and help with the cleanup of Venice…youre invited as well…oh and youre welcome…
Anthony – I admire your enthusiasm and dedication to helping people in our community. My only asks are that you…
a. Consider the residents of the Rose corridor as well as the needs of the people you are helping. All of us want to help the truly needy and are willing to contribute time and money to real solutions. When you don't consider all stakeholders you create friction that takes away from all the good you are doing.
b. As you develop your programs – PLEASE think about whether you are helping or enabling. Enabling keeps people on the street indefinitely. Helping means supporting people in their current state with and end goal of helping them back on track.
You are doing great things – thinking holistically can turn your critics into supporters!
Anthony Perez said
Thanks Everyone for chiming in. One could say WE'VE started a dialog…
Yes a dialog asking for change, literally.
…Local Churches and places like "The Dream Center", "Common Ground" and countless others have tried reaching our Homeless in Venice yet many do not trust them enough to enter into their programs. Although some of them programs are great for some, may not be good for others…
Trust?! Lets face it for most homeless the problem isn't jobs, food, or the economy. It's 75% of the time lack of education mixed with general apathy all held together by some kind of substance abuse. Most homeless people are in their situation by design. Choices they make contrary to what our society deems necessary to sustain oneself. If that went over your head, what I mean is: The majority of the homeless population is made up of shitty people who don't think they have to follow anyone's rules or do anything to contribute to society but still want to reap the benefits of urban civilization. These shitty people aren't orphans either, they have families that they choose not to get along with or help support either. I'd love to hear how some of the free loaders you are enabling define 'Trust'. The state of education is the root of the problem, but like they say 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks.' Although he will still come around for table scraps.