by Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist
Do you want to get rich quickly? Head west to California. Really rich? Stop by San Francisco.
Just about every news station has shown clips of mile after mile of homeless tent cities, mainly in, but not limited to, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These
tent cities have presented numerous problems for homeowners and small business owners. It is almost impossible to determine which issue is the most severe. People have to sidestep drugs and needles along every step. There are no bathrooms, so you have to use your imagination concerning what you have to sidestep there. But...California to the rescue. When all else fails, throw money at the problem.
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San Francisco, as well as other cities, have now initiated "guarantee income" programs. Would you qualify? Most likely, you would qualify for at least some of them. The criteria is met in the honor system. All transgender people who are not White will receive $1,000 per month for at least two years. How do you qualify as transgender? There are 95 categories; surely, everyone would fit into one of 95 categories. Are you Black or a Pacific Islander and pregnant? You get another $1,000 per month. If you are homeless and other than White, you get another $1,000 per month.
There are eight different guaranteed income programs. With just a little imagination, a non-White person can get $40,000 a year. But that's not all. It is only the beginning.
The State of California offers $223,000 to $225,000 to anyone who can prove his/her family member(s) were slaves. How do you do that? That's going to be tricky. DNA tests can prove ethnicity, but how do you prove your ancestors were slaves? All record keeping was poorly kept and preserved 150 years ago. So where is the proof? The text of California's law hasn't been released yet so only the politicians know if only American slaves are covered. Slavery was legal in Canada and Great Britain until 1806. If a Canadian slave came to America after being freed, is he or she covered? How about the Asians who were enslaved in the West?
If you are only interested in a portion of the guaranteed income programs, you might want to book your flight now. If you want the slavery reparations, you might want to get a subscription to Ancestry.com or 23 And Me.com and take a slow road trip to California, giving them time to work out all the details.