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On Hold For Food Stamps

Above: Phone

Aired 10/25/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Adrian Florido, reporter with Voice of San Diego.org.

Jennifer Tracy with the San Diego Hunger Coalition.

Transcript

As high unemployment and a bad economy continue, the need for food assistance has increased in San Diego. And County officials say they are committed to meeting that need. But, a new report finds that the phone line set up to help people apply for food stamps and other benefits, is answering only about 18-percent of the calls...and wait times have increased to about 40 minutes.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 25, 2011 at 2:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Is this really a surprise to anybody?

San Diego County has ranked amongst the worst in the entire nation in delivering social services.

The County Board of Nit-Wits are so far removed from the people it has become a joke.

The self-serving Supervisors are interested in funding their pet projects, handing over slush funds to guarantee their re-elections, and self-gloating by demanding the county flag fly at all government buildings (see the story on this flagpole issue in yesterday's edition).

This honestly has to be one of the most corrupt political entities in the state, possibly even the nation.

KPBS did an excellent examination into what the supervisors stand for - coming directly from the horse's mouths.

I recommend everyone in San Diego watch this:

They have been so secure politically, they don't even try and hide the fact that they are against social programs and in favor of slush funds.

Horn, for example, publicly attends Tea Party rallies as a speaker, and transparently funds religious programs with tax payer money.

But when it comes to following the law himself, (i.e. getting permits for additions to his estate) Horn considers himself "above the law".

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Grandma_in_SD | November 18, 2011 at 3:05 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

My daughter had applied for food stamps as both her and her husband were laid off this summer. then I saw this report about how they are trying to make it easier for people to get food stamps....blah blah blah. You should have saved this reporters time for something that is truthful. My daughter is still waiting after 49 days for someone to even look at her paperwork, which every time she calls that number and waits for over an HOUR to speak with someone they tell her that she has more than satisfied all the paperwork they wanted to see but that nobody has yet to look at it even though there are procedures that say it should be looked at the first time within something like 10 days. then it was 5 days, then 3 days and on last Tuesday they told her definitely by Friday. well, she called again today, and waited over an hour to speak with someone and yet again not one person has looked at her paperwork and still no case worker. Now tell me thiis this trying to make it easier for people to get food stamps...oh and by the way she is pregnant but that doesn't matter to anyone either. Taxpayers pay for these programs for years and yet when we really need it, we don't see any benefits....what is wrong with this situation. Next time choose a topic where they will really tell you the truth about what they do instead of telling you what people want to hear.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 18, 2011 at 5:49 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Grandma_in_SD, I think the article is making your point, not against it. They are reporting on how people trying to get food stamps can't even get through on the phone to the office handling the program.

You are right about it being difficult, and my suggestion to you and your daughter is to write a letter to the County Board of Supervisors. They are responsible for these programs, and they are not doing a good job.

Their contact info can be found here:

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/general/bos.html

Take your pick or write to them all, they are all dirty (Horn seems to be the most corrupt one), and all have publicly stated that their only priority is "public safety" and that social welfare is only an afterthought to them.

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