Three days ago, I mentioned the story of Ted Hayes’ homeless shelter being shut down by the ultra-partisan Democrat Milton Sidley. (It was also blogged about here and here, and reported by Newsmax.) Now in an unsigned dispatch, the Associated Press has picked up and spun the story in favor of Sidley and his heartless Democrat cohorts:
Hayes said the village did not have a major impact on the city’s homeless problem because the overheated real estate market made alternative housing less affordable.
“No matter what we do to rehabilitate people, there’s no place for them to live,” he said.
Unbelievable! The AP has gone so far as to make it seem Hayes is on the side of Sidley! And — HELLO! — the reason that “there’s no place for them to live” is because Sidley and his heartless Democrat cohorts are taking away their shelter to no doubt build an “overheated real estate” project!
According to Haye’s group, Justiceville/Homeless, USA, Sidley told them his reason for shutting down the shelter is because,
“This Democrat [Sidley] is tired of supporting Ted and his Dome Village.”
You see, Ted Haye’s is a Republican. Milton Sidley is a Democrat. It’s really that simple, isn’t it? A partisan Democrat would gladly screw the homeless for some BS political reason and to make a buck.
The AP doesn’t even mention this Sidley, but instead quotes another one:
“The economics of the time now do not allow them to support this organization any longer,” said Mike Sidley [another partisan-Democrat] an attorney for the partnership that owns the land, and one of the property owners.
The AP doesn’t even delve into the political angle of this story, but instead states matter-of-factly, “Rising property values downtown led to the increase [in rent of $2,500/mo plus property taxes to $18,333/mo plus property taxes], which will likely force the village to find a new home.”
Even if rising property values are the genuine reason for the eviction, still not answered is the question, Why now? Why not two years ago when the real estate boom was in full swing? Or seven years ago when the boom was just beginning?
The Associated Press doesn’t care to find the answers to these questions. Could the timing somehow be related to a Los Angeles Times story from earlier this month that mentioned Ted Hayes’ Republican politics? I guess that’s just not relevant.
And here are more questions I’m sure the AP thinks irrelevant:
If non-Democrat landlords forced a long-time homeless shelter to close because of “rising property values” that actually began their rise 7 years ago would the landlords be covered sympathetically by the press? Aren’t Republicans continually called fascists and racists for allegedly not caring about the poor? What’s the difference when a Democrat evicts poor people?