“Joshua Hamann jokingly compares himself to the last human in a city overrun by zombies. He’s not suggesting his neighbors are zombies. The problem is, he has no neighbors.Hamann occupies one of only about 50 sold condos in his 49-story tower, out of 409 units.
A couple miles north at Midtown Miami, Alisha Marks knows the same feeling. ‘It was pretty much a ghost town when I got here,’ she says.”
“On a recent Friday morning, Hamann encountered exactly three people over the course of several hours — two security guards, and a concierge. ‘This is how it goes every day,’ Hamann said, adding that he interacted with more neighbors growing up in rural Kentucky, where farms were spaced a mile apart.”
“The housing crisis is creating ghost towns of once-bustling communities like Merced. In largely abandoned neighborhoods, paved sidewalks and driveways lead to empty lots strewn with utility coils. Unfinished frames with rotting rafters and rusted hinges sit alongside occupied homes. Roughly 40% of the homes in Merced are considered distressed.”
“The University of California announced in 2001 that it would open its first new campus in more than 40 years on 84 acres in northern Merced. In anticipation of the potential demand, builders flocked to the area, and real estate investors bid up prices. But they were overly optimistic. Now the market lies in ruins, as unemployment tops 20%. Says Janet Young, assistant chancellor at UC Merced, which opened in 2005: ‘The housing boom was a huge surprise to us.’”
The Zombulator is now being felt coast to coast......five banks shut down yesterday across America...FIVE !
Unemployment OVER 20% in many counties!
Completed condo buildings practically empty, abandoned neighborhoods littering the landscape, food shelters running out of food.
And now this from Sacramento after learning earlier this week that 168 firefighters and union members will lose their jobs....
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says it will need to lay off almost 80 more deputies than it had anticipated – significantly reducing the department's ability to patrol unincorporated county streets – because of a miscalculation.
Sheriff John McGinness said Friday that he'll need to lay off 209 deputies and 22 non-sworn department employees. That's up from the 130 to 140 deputy layoffs McGinness projected when the Board of Supervisors approved a fiscal 2009-10 budget earlier this month including a $2 billion general fund spending plan.
"It is a huge hit to public safety," McGinness said. "There is nothing legal, moral or ethical I won't do to change that number."
Currently there are about 270 deputies patrolling unincorporated Sacramento County and several units such as SWAT, K-9 and air support that they can call on for help.
The cuts announced Friday would leave 171 patrol deputies and no ancillary units for backup, McGinness said. At any given time, there would be about nine or 10 two-officer patrol units on duty – five north of the river and four or five to the south. That's down from 38 units today, McGinness said.
"That is so scary. The safety of the public is being compromised," said Marianne Mueggenburg,Carmichael Service Center – an office staffed by volunteers and problem-oriented policing officers, which could be closed as a result of the cuts.
The Sacramento count is already 400 getting Zombulated.....AND THAT IS JUST ONE CITY! Multiply that by the number of cities across America....and we have not even addressed teachers or professors yet!!!
If you are one of the hundreds of thousands that work for the State of California....prepare for ANOTHER wage cut!!!!
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to furlough state workers an additional day each month starting in July if lawmakers do not send him an immediate solution for the entire $24 billion budget deficit, he said Friday.
Schwarzenegger's move would force at least 215,000 state workers to take three unpaid days of leave each month, the equivalent of a 14 percent pay cut in all. A third furlough day would strike another economic blow to the Sacramento region, where more than 80,000 area residents work for the state.
A 14% PAY CUT for hundreds of thousands of workers! How many of those families will not be able to meet their monthly expenses with a 14% wage cut? What about the millions that may lose welfare....do you think there are jobs waiting?
Maybe those blackhawks flying over L.A. will not have to go overseas for their next mission after all......
And many of you frustrated at Alstry for simply giving you a heads up reporting the facts?
Isn't it about time you get off your backside and start getting frustrated with your elected officials?
You may want to inform them.......when you bail out the banks and not the people, the Zombulator will quickly turn everyone into sheeple.
Are you prepared for the Zombatic Fallout.....The House just passed the Cap and Trade Bill...you may soon find out what it's like to be capped by your politicians.