Bayshore Navigation Center – The toilet of Homelessness
Bayshore Navigation Center
125 Bay Shore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124
October 11, 2019
For those who do not know, San Francisco Navigation Centers are San Francisco’s answer to homelessness. Although they appear glossy and new on the outside, they are staffed by some of the worst members of our society. At the particular navigation center that I am currently tormented in, the staff consists of “Five Keys” graduates, former ex-cons. As of today I have been threatened with being stabbed in my sleep due to reporting numerous health and code violations to various city agencies. Now lest you think me ungrateful for having a dormitory roof over my head and being fed Meals on Wheels trays for breakfast, lunch and dinner, allow me to first tell my tale of woe.
I became homeless after accidentally breaking a TV in my former SRO hotel of thirteen years, I was not the only one to have done that. I have been homeless for approximately two years, one month and 25 days. By far all of the worst moments of that time period (save one) have been inside these so called “navigation centers”. The level of stress, theft, threat and indignity that one must endure in one of these places makes living in a tent far more desirable. When I was in my tent I had better health, a nurturing social life, supportive community and peace of mind. I am not exaggerating. Since coming to Bayshore Navigation Center in San Francisco I have suffered a stroke leaving me partially blind, my weight has ballooned due to lack of control of my diet, far more stress than any other situation in life could produce and continual harassment by both staff and residents. As of today I have been threatened with being stabbed in my sleep due to reporting numerous health and code violations to various city agencies.
Why do I then stay, do you ask? The answer is very simple, the San Francisco Police Department made it impossible for me to pitch my tent anywhere within city limits.
Those of you having homes and apartments may think that a good thing, allow me to explain why it is not. While these Navigation Centers hide the homeless for a time, the levels of harassment and abuse one has to endure means there is a high degree of turnaround. Whether it be from the homeless person leaving of their own volition or being DOS’ed (Denial Of Services) due to behavior or violation of some minor rule, most of us return to the street one way or another without receiving “permanent” housing. Sure, many of us have substance abuse issues that contribute to our circumstances and the attenuate behavioral problems as well however, the staff at these places do little to remedy this by both abusing and harassing clients. Of the male staff population, it is widely known that sexual solicitation of clients is the norm, a few instances I have personally witnessed. Now whether or not the female client was willing to engage in such sexual activity, do you really want your tax dollars going to fund this form of prostitution. Might I add that this behavior is not only limited to the male staff but to female staff as well, having come from the same convicted lineage. Of those of us that do manage to obtain “permanent” SRO housing, you would be hard pressed to distinguish us from our non-housed brothers and sisters still living on the streets. Most of the problems and ailments still persist and all too often we once again become homeless.
These places, these navigation centers are ineffective and wastes of tax payer dollars. Revolving doors for the vast majority who are also known as “Shelter Hoppers”.
I personally have been in five of these navigation centers so far, admittedly getting kicked out of all but the last for being intoxicated. I did not damage anything, I did not hurt anyone, I did not sexually abuse anyone, the police were never involved. I was lied upon however, with accusations of things I never did. Since coming to the Bayshore Navigation Center I had stopped drinking of my own volition and remain sober to this day however, despite this model behavior I have encountered the worst undeserved treatment here. Staff talks to you crazy (abusive), they steal food supplies meant for the clients, they sexually harass us, set up those they don’t like and dish out arbitrary DOS’s as if they were tyrants. Despite what their mission statement says, our care and welfare are the last thing they are concerned about. This leads me to my next tale, that being how I have now been threatened by both staff and a client of being stabbed in my sleep.
I like computers and in particular, the Linux operating system known as Puppy Linux. I began using the OS about fifteen years ago when I discovered that I was being severely hacked inside of Windows 2000. The hacking started in earnest when I began my journey as an activist, the All Star Activist. Anyway, since that time I have become rather proficient with Puppy Linux and use it exclusively both for its reliability, versatility and security. Puppy Linux has not failed me yet and has kept me safe like no other area in my life, I simply adore Puppy Linux and thank the creators for its benefit to my life incessantly.
Puppy Linux is an operating system that runs completely in RAM (Random Access Memory) and leaves no trace it was ever there. The hardrive of whatever machine it runs on can remain completely untouched with no loss of performance as designed, it is also a single user OS which ensures the user’s security. No privilege escalation possible. You can still be hacked mind you, but the chances are far, far less. Since switching to Puppy Linux I have had zero security issues. So much for security anywhere else in my life…
To summarize concisely, there are two computers here at Bayshore for client use that both use Windows 10 in kiosk mode. They break a lot, at least once a week. When these computers go down they go into a rebooting loop and remain unusable. When I first came here I fixed both machines by reinstalling Windows 10 and became their administrator. Whenever they would become dysfunctional I would delete and recreate the kiosk accounts anew, keeping them operational ninety nine percent of the time. Management was given my administrator password and all was good for about one month, then the facilities IT guy re-installed Windows 10 and deleted my administrator account. I could no longer repair the computers when Windows 10 malfunctioned, a weekly occurrence. With either one or both computers frequently down due to the IT guys three to five day response time, i saw no harm in using them with my Puppy Linux Operating System which did no further damage at all and made them fully functional machines while leaving Windows 10 untouched on the hard drive, and so I did. My fellow clients saw me using the computers while they were dysfunctional and asked if they could use them too but I had to explain that unless they knew Puppy Linux, they could damage Windows 10 by accidentally (or purposely) mounting the hard drives on which it resided. My fellow clients then began to complain that I was purposely breaking the computers to use them for my exclusive use but this was completely untrue. First, I don’t know how to cause the malfunction they were always developing and second, I had been the one keeping them operational until IT shut me out. I finally had to sit down with the facility operations manager (Megan O’Neill) and both show and explain to her what I had been doing after which, she gave me the OK to continue. That didn’t last long.
The false accusations continued and Meg rescinded her initial permission to use the machines while Windows 10 was down, she said it was unfair to the other clients. I countered that I was not causing the malfunction and that it was unfair to me to not allow me to use machines that were broken anyway just because others were jealous and inept. I could not show them how to do what I was doing without risk of further damage so why not let me use them? Meg was trying to keep the peace at my expense, that caused me to take a hard look around.
I discovered that many things were backwards, unsafe and unhealthy. We had and still have, a huge rat problem. On one occasion I had to escort a female guest to the dorms because she was afraid of the rats waiting outside the kitchen for people carrying food. They would not move. I was also threatened and disallowed from watching any internet programs on the big screen TV’s due to what I watched offended one client and several staff, chiefly Alex Jones, Max Keiser, Donovan Sharpe, Gerald Celente and Olivia Newton John music videos on Youtube. The DirectTV bundle has the internet included package but we are not allowed to use it due to “the content not being regulated by the FCC”. Yet, we can watch broadcast murder, rape, theft, child molestation and the like featured in many movies and series. Censorship and Mind Kontrol at it’s finest, much the same as YouTube, Google and Twitter are engaging in right now.
I began to grieve and file complaints about the conditions and behaviors that I saw. I filed two complaints with the San Francisco Department of Public Health for which they did a site inspection and found significant violations necessitating changes. I also filed a complaint with the San Francisco Shelter Monitoring Committee about possible asbestos ceiling tiles on the site and a malfunctioning ventilation system requiring both inspectors and contractors to come to the navigation center to verify. I also complained about an employee who physically tried to remove me from silently observing the inspector and contractor when they came to see the conditions, causing that employee to be suspended for one week. I do not yet know the outcome of all of my complaints and factual observations but I do know that staff along with their client henchmen are attempting to set me up.
How long I can walk on eggshells is anybody’s guess but is this what you want your tax dollars paying for? The constant refrain from staff when I point out the unfairness to me of the situation is; “yeah, but this is our stuff, our computers, our TV’s” to which I respond, “really, I thought this was paid for by the tax payer at least partially and that it was meant for our use?” Again, I have damaged no equipment, have never received a write up as of this writing.
Life is far, far easier in a tent. Far less stress (if the police would leave you alone), far safer when allowed protection, and of less environmental impact when done correctly. The only reason I’m here is because of the police (who have been very polite) and being attacked by Gang Stalkers whom I filed charges upon, they destroyed my tent. Luckily for them, it was the one odd day that I left my sword in storage although I think they somehow knew that. I wouldn’t have been attacked were I not unarmed. I would still rather go back into a tent than to stay one more day in this place, sword by my side for lack of a firearm.
Since no weapons are allowed in here I don’t see why the staff supervisor cautioned me to watch out for being “stuck” in the middle of the night, tonight. Searches are performed both upon entry and exit but again, there is no professional security and the searches are performed by ex-cons. Plenty of contraband makes it through and it would not surprise me at all if both knives and guns were on the premises. Now, not only do I get to endure abuse and treachery during the day but I also cannot sleep at night, unarmed as I am.
All of these “Navigation Centers” are the same throughout San Francisco and it is reflected in the neighborhoods around them. Is this what you want your tax dollars paying for? Monster factories?