So, where will you die?

Of course, one never knows where or when they will die, but if you are homeless, the chances are you will die alone…on the street…or in a cold dark place.

And so it was last night in Downtown Petaluma…

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

Petaluma Police Report No 14-6086

“At approximately 7:30 pm, a citizen reported seeing a man lying face down on the sidewalk near the intersection of “B” Street and Petaluma Boulevard South in downtown Petaluma.  The citizen called 911, and Petaluma Police and Fire units responded.  The man was transported to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was declared deceased.  The deceased man was known to be a local transient.”

“The deceased subject had a visible head injury; investigation is continuing to determine how the injury was sustained and its relevance to the case.  An autopsy is expected to take place this week.”

Petaluma 360

“This is the eighth time this year that a person believed to be homeless was found dead outside in Petaluma and the 21st since 2010….During the same four-year period, Petaluma police conducted 238 death investigations overall. Tuesday night’s body is the first of the homeless deaths found on a downtown street….”

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South

Update 12/19/14–The man has been identified as MICHAEL LEE PATTON, 60 YRS

RELATED ARTICLE: So, where do you sleep?

 

So, where do you sleep?

I realize that the homeless population is a topic that we read about or see in San Francisco or on some of the trails or waterways in Petaluma.  But their plight often becomes more visible and serves to remind us of their reality…

As to what to do to help them, I leave that to others.

But consider this person who takes refuge and sleeps on the sidewalks in downtown Petaluma…

Storefront, Petaluma Blvd

Storefront, Petaluma Blvd

 

Storefront, Western Avenue

Storefront, Western Avenue

 

Signs & Scenes…2012

Well here it is, December 1. 2012, and another year has almost  come and gone. To wrap up 2012, I offer over seventy new photos from the year in Signs & Scenes Gallery 2012 

Thanks to the editing assistance of a few readers in putting it all together. I did add a few photos since our last review.

Do not sleep in front of the book drop!

Dateline–Petaluma CA March 12, 2012

The Petaluma Regional Library respectfully requests visitors or patrons NOT to engage in certain activities…

Petaluma Library © Frank Simpson

On the other hand…

"OK to sleep on library grounds...just not under the drop box" © Frank Simpson

Hire Me, Fire Me, Anything Helps!

Poor and out of work in Petaluma…

McDowell & Washington Square February 24, 2012 © Frank Simpson

What is increasingly visible on the streets of Petaluma is, of course, part of the larger “picture” of the economy in the United States. 

The BBC World Service documentary, America’s Poor, …explores America’s underworld of poverty where people live in storm drains and tented camps and where children go hungry.” BBC World Service

Related Link: Photos…Homeless in Petaluma (Updated!)

A Petaluma Homeless Christmas Carol…2010 (Another Redux)

I fully intended that last year’s post on this subject (Click Here) would be my last. 

However, while riding through Lucchesi this Christmas Eve morning, I noted someone sleeping next to the Community Center…

This scene persuaded me to break my vow and to check out the now (in)famous Homeless Christmas Carol location on Lynch Creek Trail.  As I approached the bridge, I noticed that the tree was once again decorated, although not as gaily as in past years. In fact, it was a fairly sad looking tree…

One ornament was particularly poignant…