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The two main activities in my life: Helping the hungry in the late hours of the night and helping guitar players sound better one amp at a time.

I always try to remember that in order to do good one has to take action and actually do something.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century.

I can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylesr or on twitter at www.twitter.com/myles111us or on my own Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting website at www.mylesrose.com

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Monday, March 8, 2010

A bit of life on the street today from Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission

A little bit from Andy Bales or http://www.urm.org/ that was posted on facebook along with some commentary by some folks in regard to what Andy said.



Above photo by Andy Bales.  His commentary:  Here is a drug deal happening across the street from my office. Chaos, drug deals, wads of money, fights all day.

Some commentary from other folks in response to Andy: 

Jack Roman Almost a little like having free HBO?

Rebecca Happy I suppose you see this all day long.

Jack Roman I used to live right in the midst of it. Spent a year homeless. I don't know --- I mean, there is something good in the bonds formed on the streets --- but then again, there's an element of bad in all of it as well. You just don't know unless you've really been there, and I've been there. I'd never give it back for the world.

Andy Bales Yes, unfortunately. My friend and I broke up a tussle over money between two large men earlier in the day. Oh yes, Jack. I always call the police when I see crime in front of our building or near my house. I hate to see people with wads of money made by preying on desperate people. That is how I have been pretty successful in cleaning up my neighborhood and Skid Row. They call me Captain underpants in my neighborhood for running out in my undies and rescuing folks while calling the cops for back up.

A little later there was another post from Andy.  He wrote:  :  LAPD is having a difficult time responding 2 drug sales across street because man's on Huntington Hotel on Main taking pot shots with gun!

Jack Roman You really called the cops on them?

Andy Bales Yes, and I took pictures and made a video of the drug deal and the wads of money being exchanged.

Andy Bales Jack. I always call the police when I see crime in front of our building or near my house. I hate to see people with wads of money made by preying on desperate people. That is how I have been pretty successful in cleaning up my neighborhood and Skid Row. They call me Captain underpants in my neighborhood for running out in my undies and rescuing folks while calling the cops for back up.

Margaret White Great job Andy. " Captain underpants" LOL

Paul Japar Rigor Be safe Andy!

Aura Guzman Andy i Appreciate what you do at the mission...me and my family are very gratefull. You are our hero and when i get my APt..i want the whole wide world to know that it was all from you...thanks:)


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The above is just a small taste of what goes on each and every day in the area of skid row. 

In the past I have posted a few photos of the police presence.  You rarely see one or two cars when there is any sort of problem.  You generally see many more cars.  Some of the local police from Central Division say that San Julian Street is the most dangerous street in the USA.  The "backside" of URM sits right on San Julian Street.




Above:  Notice this news van is parked in the red.  What is not easily noticed is that this red no parking area is on 6th Street in front of the police station main entrance.  The police allow the news van to stay there as there is continual activity in the area.



San Julian Street and the back side of Union Rescue Mission



Just a small situation.  How can you tell?  Only three police cars.







Five cars at this point.  Things became a little more serious and three cars could not cover the situation.






The end for the moment.