Jamboree Supporters Say This Won’t Happen In Claremont
May 5, 2022 CBS News Portland
"Homeowners in Portland say a facility that is supposed to help homeless problems in their neighborhood has actually made life intolerable"
PSH is not a “shelter”, but Larkin Place will in many ways be similar yet with fewer restrictions than a shelter like allowing visitors. It carries the potential for being a draw for more homeless when residents invite homeless friends and drug dealers looking for buyers.
Currently, there is no agreement in place that will guarantee or even prioritize the existing unhoused population in Claremont. Importing more high needs individuals to this location will not improve area crime. Further, Jamboree stated in a community meeting on May 11th that even if things go wrong, this population of high-needs residents cannot be changed once this development is built.
Sunday Afternoon in Larkin Park May 15, 2022
Larkin Place will attract more of this and Jamboree has stated that there is nothing in place to prioritize Claremont’s unhoused population.
Courier Police Blotter Identifies Drug Crimes and Indecent Exposure by Claremont Homeless:
Tuesday, May 10
52-year-old city employee called Claremont police at 8:24 p.m. to report a man masturbating while watching her through a window at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., where the woman was working with a cleaning crew. The woman took cellphone video and photos of the man, and when police arrived they recognized him straightaway, as it wasn’t their first unsavory encounter with the 26-year-old unhoused man. The woman said she’d also been previously victimized by the man in late March, when she reported him doing the same thing while she was working at Wheeler Park, 626 Vista Dr. This time cops quickly located the man at city hall, 207 Harvard Ave. A search allegedly turned up a methamphetamine pipe, and a records check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant relating to a third indecent exposure charge
Monday, May 16
What began as a routine arrest of a known trespasser and restraining order violator quickly turned serious when a 32-year-old unhoused man told police there was a bindle of fentanyl inside the abandoned commercial building in which he’d been squatting. The incident began after an officer conducting extra patrol in the area noticed a candle burning in an upstairs room in the vacant building in the 400 block of W. Arrow Hwy., then saw a man walk past the window at 6:23 p.m. Additional CPD officers then responded, and despite repeated calls to come out, the man — whom police knew from three arrests this year and six in 2021 for violating a restraining order at the location due to a relative’s home being nearby — refused. After some admittedly profane cajoling from a detective, the man was persuaded to emerge. He was then arrested once again, and while he was being placed in the back of a police car, allegedly told an officer there was an open bindle of fentanyl on a desk in the upstairs room. This triggered a call to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who set up at a safe distance away, along with paramedics and an ambulance, just in case somebody was poisoned by the deadly synthetic drug, which is 100 times more powerful than morphine. Two officers and a sergeant, all wearing N95 masks and other PPE, including double gloves, then went into the building, where they in fact found two bindles of a substance they presumed to be fentanyl, and a pipe.
Thursday, May 12
Though admirably forthcoming with police, a 52-year-old unhoused man was nonetheless arrested after reportedly telling officers, “I have a pipe and a little bit of meth on me,” prompting a search that allegedly turned up a golf ball-sized quantity of the dangerous stimulant. It began at 1:11 p.m., when CPD officers saw the man walking south on College Ave. from Arrow Hwy. They then conducted a “consensual encounter,” wherein the man agreed to talk to police, and after a brief conversation, allegedly told them about the drugs and pipe in his possession. He was then arrested on misdemeanor drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges, booked, and released with a citation to appear in court.
MAY 2, 2022
Claremont PD responded to a 12:03 p.m. call from the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., regarding a man smoking an unknown substance outside the building. Arriving officers found the suspect, 60 years old, unhoused, and allegedly in possession of a small baggie of methamphetamine and a meth pipe. A records check also revealed two outstanding misdemeanor warrants, and he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on the warrants. He was then booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.
Thursday, May 5
A 38-year-old unhoused man was arrested after police responded to a 11:26 a.m. call from the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., regarding a person putting up a tent in front of the senior center. Arriving officers told the man he could not sleep there, and asked him to gather his belongings and move. While he was cleaning up his belongings, police say a methamphetamine pipe rolled out onto the ground. The man was then arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, booked, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court and a bag containing his belongings.
1 day later….
Police were called to Trader Joe’s, 475 W. Foothill Blvd., at 9:36 a.m. regarding a man a witness said was drinking from a vodka bottle in front of the store. Arriving officers alleged the 70-year-old unhoused man was “highly intoxicated,” and arrested him for drunk in public, a misdemeanor. He was booked and jailed, where he spent the next several hours detoxing before being released with a citation.
Jamboree wants to import dozens and dozens more of this high needs population here. Joining the cycle of arrests, citation to appear, failure to appear and on and on for a 55 year contract.
Jamboree announced they cannot prioritize the existing unhoused population in Claremont. Importing more high needs individuals to this location will not improve area crime.
Further, Jamboree stated in a community meeting on May 11th that even if things go wrong, this population of high-needs residents cannot be changed once this development is built.