Former House Republican Darrell Issa said California's homelessness problem is bad, getting worse and "not getting solved."
“It is a crisis that is growing both because of a lack of affordable housing and because regulatory policies have allowed, if you will, people to camp on the streets, defecate on the streets, and stay on the streets," he said.
In California, homelessness has been rampant across the state and merchants and homeowners have become increasingly vocal. A Sacramento business owner who relocated because of the issue fired at Gov. Gavin Newsom via Twitter, complaining that government inaction forced residents and business owners like her to clean up after the homeless.
Issa laid the problem at the feet of Democrats, who control the Golden State's governor's mansion, statehouse, two Senate seats and most of the House delegation.
“The mayor of San Diego, who happens to be a Republican, has been trying to get the regulations changed but he’s fighting both his city council and the state that, quite frankly, is tying his hands,” Issa said.
Scott told Issa that several city council members held a conference in June and blamed President Trump.
Issa responded, “They can say it. The reality is that the reason that LA has a problem or San Francisco has a problem is regulatory attraction and, quite candidly, Democratic leadership that hasn’t been dealing with it in an intelligent way.”
“When you pass regulations that won’t even allow the police to deal with people that are defecating on the streets, you’re creating an environment that is inherently adverse to order,” he said.
Issa went on to say, “We would always have a certain amount of homeless, we would always have people with drug, alcohol, and, quite frankly, mental problems, but we’re not dealing with them as individuals now, we’re dealing with them in a broad institutional way in which we warehouse them and but we don’t treat them.”