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.

Ginet Longfellow

What would really help Will and Ginet Longfellow in the short term is to have a home for their two chihuahuas and their pug.

For the couple, who’ve been married about four years, they just need “to get out of the damn shelter,” Ginet said.

In the long-term, they’d like to “find something steady.”

The couple met in Montana, where Ginet grew up. Will is actually local and met Ginet while traveling.

“I saw him and told my friends I was going to marry him,” Ginet said.

They moved to Colorado for three years where Will worked as a houseman and carpet tech while Ginet worked at the Humane Society. They both lost their jobs, had to go on unemployment, and eventually moved to San Luis Obispo to stay with Will’s grandfather.

That was in mid 2010, but Will’s grandfather died in November and now they’re shuffling through local shelters. Both have been trying to find work with no luck.

They also have three dogs and would love for someone to take them, at least until the couple gets back on their feet.

Will said he’s willing to work in exchange—he’s a good ranch hand. Ideally, they would love to stay on a ranch, help out around the property, and have a place where they and their dogs can stay for a while.

They’re looking for “anything,” Ginet said. “Anything to start out.”

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