Witness the awesome power of the Blue State model in Democratic-controlled California!

To wit: they’re creating actual nomad clans over there.

Over the last two years, street encampments have jumped their historic boundaries in downtown Los Angeles, lining freeways and filling underpasses from Echo Park to South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a city-county agency, received 767 calls about street encampments in 2014, up 60% from the 479 in 2013.

Some residents believe the city is exporting its downtown homeless problem to their neighborhoods. But social service agencies and volunteers say it isn’t that simple. They say that although downtown development and skid row cleanups are squeezing out some homeless people, many camps are filled with locals.

…And those locals are clumping together (the article notes – idly! – that they’re already starting to self-select). The next step will be for the nascent clans to realize that they could probably do better for themselves if they group up formally and start a regular migratory pattern using known available resources.  The bit where they end up roaming the Californian landscape, estroying the Dirt People’s greedy, water-sucking cities in the process, will probably not be for a couple more generations. Even the Mongols needed some time to work things out.

…Yes, I am being facetious. Mildly, at least. But if that article didn’t fill you with a baffled and bemused dread of the idiocies that come out of California’s Democratic party-dominated state government, I don’t know whether to be appalled of, or impressed by, you. I mean, it seems blatantly obvious that the problem here is that the current system in California is nigh-designed to force people out of their houses and live in the streets; and if one wishes to fight that, one should start by figuring out why they’re making it harder for people to keep their houses, and stop doing those things.  But apparently jobs and homes are taken away from malignant evil Poverty Sprites… which would actually be accurate enough, as long as one concedes that they mostly work for the city, county, and state bureaucracies.

Telling you.  Nomad clans. You laugh now, but wait until the first news reports come in of a horde sacking Mendocino…

Via Instapundit.

Moe Lane (crosspost)