Prioritizing passion projects over a societal crisis

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Spend up to $50 million on new libraries or make a larger commitment to tackling a homelessness problem that has been described as a “crisis” by many working on the homeless issue in our communities? Minutes after listening to Deputy County Executive Officer – Homelessness Solutions Natalie Komuro describe a more than 20% increase in homelessness countywide according to the Riverside County 2019 Point-In-Time Count, the supervisors approved up to $50 million in bond issuance to pay for the construction of three new libraries in Riverside County. My immediate reaction to the congratulating and praising of the library proposal’s final approval was – “Ummm, before dedicating all that money to new libraries, can we go back and talk about that homeless thing again?” I realize i
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