We have found the "car people" (our cheeky term for the aspiring working class) to be more apathetic to two guys waving a giant peace flag and spangeing the median than any other town so far. The Veterans Memorial in this town is a VERY modest park, the obligatory flag pole set prominently at the front of the park, a little spit of trees and lawn that are host to a small plaque commemorating the sacrifices of the young men of Salinas who died during the BATAAN DEATH MARCH.
We didn't bother shooting the park, instead we will Livestream tonight and post photos of the medical supplies we were able to aquire with the help of an anonymous donor.
Now as to the "locals" they are a polite bunch. Salinas is taking very good care of their homeless and the vets. Zero police hassle, and we are CAMPING in the park. We are on a megaphone and waving a giant flag wherever we go.
The local services such as food, shelter,resources, are all very nicely taken care of by the community.
Local homeless are polite and non threatening. So far, only "Nam vets in town.
The food we ate today was spectacular, and there were readily available computers,day rooms and showers. Most remarkable was the tidiness and cleanliness of the home bums and the restrooms....
Salinas is a fine example of interfaith groups honestly dedicated to managing the problem of homelessness in their town.
The organ for all this goodness is the Methodist church.
But this town holds little interest for us because there is no trouble to be found and suppressed through peace.
Some of Salinas' citizens are peacefully apathetic, and others seem to be at peace with themselves and the situation here, when it comes to living outside, Salinas ain't that bad a burg.
If any homeless veteran really wants to settle down, this is a good spot for making that transition.