Santa Monica Library focuses on aesthetics
(not the needs of the residents)
Yesterday afternoon I was at the Santa Monica Library doing some research when I dashed into the restroom to take a whiz and blow my nose.
Unfortunately, when it came to relieving myself, it was not an easy task to undertake.
The three stalls were shut-tight - and in spite of a wait for about ten minutes - I was unable to take a turn because the individuals inside had obviously hankered down for the afternoon.
At one point, a middle-aged man - with shaving cream slapped unevenly on his weathered face - slithered out, walked over to the basin and wet a paper towel - then mosied back into the water closet without so much as a backward glance.
The other two gents continued with their vigils (for whatever reason) with nary a rustle of toilet paper - or jangling belt buckle - signalling a change of guard was definitely not on the way.
All of the cross-legged patrons waiting in line proceeded to retreat one by one in disgust.
There wasn't a staff member or guard in sight to monitor the situation!
At this juncture, I had to seriously consider that the employees had thrown up their hands in frustration - or, just maybe - were allowing the homeless folks to take a nap for an hour or two each day for a nominal fee.
Well, that's one way to dredge up some moolah, if the library is cash-strapped.
But, seriously, folks.
What a sad commentary on the library and the homeless situation in Santa Monica.
Are the City Fathers aware of the shocking events going down in their neck-of-the-woods?
Maybe, Council members just don't care.
The library employees obviously don't or they would have tried to rectify the problem by now.
Judging by what I witnessed, the individuals in question not only need a shelter to wash-up and rest their weary heads, but some psychological counselling as well.
Mental illness is a very serious problem in this country today, and the folks at the Library shouldn't take it all so lightly, or in their stride without conscience.