Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox is scheduled to speak in Palm Springs Tuesday alongside an 8-foot ball of trash in an event aimed at drawing attention to the state’s “failures” in solving the homelessness crisis.
Cox pledges if elected to cut the state’s homeless population in half over the next decade. He has released a four-point plan to do so — requiring treatment for substance abuse or mental illness before providing housing; increasing law enforcement crackdowns; refocusing funding; and lowering the costs of housing construction.
“The pretty politicians have refused to take beastly action to actually solve the problem. They’ve spent years and years and billions of dollars on homelessness, but the problem has only gotten worse,” according to Cox’s 24-page policy proposal.
The trash ball “symbolizes the mess created by homelessness and the failures of career politicians to fix it,” according to Cox’s campaign.
Cox is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. at Baristo Park.
Cox is part of a large field seeking to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom in a Sept. 14 recall election. Others include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former reality TV star and 1976 Olympic decathlon gold-medal winner Caitlyn Jenner, former Rep. Doug Ose, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and radio talk-show host Larry Elder.