I was unable to post a second comment on the issue of aggressive homeless individuals in downtown Palo Alto and so I continue that discussion here.
One solution that might be beneficial to both the homeless population and the citizens of Palo Alto is to require drug testing at the Opportunity Center. By doing so, we could insure, as best we could, that those in the Center are serious about improving their lives. We are not doing the population that lives at the Center, or using it on a drop-in basis, any favors by allowing some at the Center to continue to ask for money from downtown patrons and then use the money for drugs or alcohol. Let's get serious about this problem and stop enabling those that are taking the Opportunity Center and Palo Alto for a ride. Let's continue to help those that are serious about building a better life for themselves and stop enabling the rest.