Thursday, December 2, 2021     Volume: 31, Issue: 46

Weekly Poll
Do you think the Carrizo Plain should stay a national monument?

Absolutely. The Carrizo is one of the last undeveloped areas of the San Joaquin Valley, a protected habitat for endangered species, and a natural wonder for the public.
Yes, but I don't think it's as clear cut as some think. The Trump Administration should take a look at its status.
The feds should consider reducing the size of the monument.
No. The Carrizo should be privatized. Allow the market to tap into its natural resources.

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The Homeless Project

At New Times, we believe that homelessness is not a problem that can be attacked with money or plans. When we think of homelessness, we don't think of statistics; we think of people. We think of people who've had problems in their lives, and they all have a story to tell. We believe that common sense is the only way we'll ever come close to ending homelessness. This is our common-sense approach, and these are their stories.

Megan Samuel

Megan Samuel has a lot to look forward to. She said she’s 38 weeks pregnant with her first daughter, Mykenzie. It’s a time when a lot of women are finishing up touches on the nursery and settling into the idea of having a new little person around the house. But for Samuel, Mykenzie’s arrival means a move. She said she’s going to have to leave her lodgings at a sober living house that can’t provide for infants.

She said she’ll be staying at her parents’ house for a bit after the baby comes, but that’s a temporary solution.

“I have some stuff for the baby, just no permanent living situation,” Samuels said.

Samuels was born and raised on the Central Coast and just arrived back from Texas after leaving a relationship. She said she got clean once she learned of her pregnancy, and did so of her own volition, something she hopes she can help other women do once she gets on her feet.

“When I get settled and in the right place, I want to help other women like me with kids get clean because they want to, and not because a court order told them to,” she said. “Some day, I want to provide other moms with a place to stay and stay clean.”

Samuel said being alone through her pregnancy has been a challenging experience, particularly in figuring out how to get back on her own feet.

She said she could benefit from some smaller essentials for the baby, like diapers, but could also use a cell phone to keep in touch with her daycare provider once she goes back to work. 

“I could really use a car to get the baby and myself around, too,” she explained.

Everything Samuel has done in recent months, she said, she’s done for her daughter.

“I just want her to grow up feeling loved,” Samuel explained. “I want to teach her to never give up and have faith, because I never gave up on her.” ∆

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