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KERRY JACKSON, an independent journalist and opinion writer, is a leading commentator on California’s homeless crisis. A fellow with the Center for California Reform at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), Kerry writes weekly on statewide issues and occasional books and policy papers.
In San Diego, not far from the gates of the fantasy world at Disneyland, tent cities lining the freeways remind us of an ugly reality. Homeless individuals are slowing rail traffic between Sacramento and the Bay Area and swarming subway trains in Los Angeles in search of a place to sleep when they’re not languishing on Skid Row.