Tent City residents gather as the city of Ontario starts the process of sorting out who may stay and who must leave. The city issued wristbands – blue for Ontario residents, who may stay, orange for people who need to provide more documentation, and white for those who must leave. The aim is to reduce the number of people living there from over 400 to 170. Officials begin thinning out the encampment, saying the city can provide space only for those who once lived there and can prove it.
I sat there for a while reading over this. Rules in Tent City? Rules for the homeless? Is this a joke? Well....it is California....you know.
So basically....you have to prove you are from Ontario....to be homeless in Ontario....otherwise....you'll have to move on. Where to? Well...I'd go fifty feet beyond the city limit and camp out. Or you could just go to a city park and be a regular homeless guy there. Or you could register in the city.....as a real Ontario resident, and then be homeless.
From my period of living in an Air Force Tent City....I came to realize that each week involved new Tent City rules. There was the one rule which kinda surprised us one day.....we weren't supposed to relive ourselves anywhere in Tent City.....except the toilet facilities. We stood and discussed this rule...wondering why the heck it would come up.....and then realized that some guys would wake up in the night....preferring not to walk 400 feet to the toilet tent, and just pee there by the tent.
At some point, we had the rule about what could be hung on the interior of the tent.....like posters or such....which had to be in good taste, but then they wouldn't give us an absolutely complete list of good taste.
So I'm looking back at those poor saps in Sacramento and this entire game of color coating.....and the where you end up going next. I'm guessing that fifty lawyers are packed up and ready to do battle with the state....to guarantee your rights to camp just about anywhere in nature. The curious thing....is that this is only happening in California. That should make you pause and think about this.