I know someone well who works not in San Jose, but in the San Francisco parks system, as a gardener. She tells me that the homeless in the parks are now so numerous that her gardening duties are sometimes subordinated to working around their encampments.
On what may appear an unrelated note, I am reading a $99.99 plus $5.99 handling and shipping paperback of some 177 pages, Taking the Reins: Insights into the World of Ultra-Wealthy Inheritors. The cut point for Ultra-wealthy for the study is control of $100 million or more. Topics include working with advisors, philanthropy, inheriting more than money, concierge medical care, using connections effectively, art collecting, risk management (including legal risks and abduction risk), working within a family office, and to me most interestingly, bargaining skills. The book teaches what it calls "I win/You, whatever" negotiation. A win/win is "optimal," win/lose is "excellent," for the winner. In either case, the $100 million or more net worth bargainer should always win, even if the other is pushed to the wall, given weaker bargaining skills, or a weaker bargaining position.
May I cordially submit to the heirs who each control $100 million or more that the social contract cannot continue as "I win/You whatever," where the wealthy pride themselves on pressing ungodly advantages and win, while the rest get "whatever." Ferguson, homeless camps in our wealthiest cities, bankruptcy of former industrial towns and cities, influence purchase and peddling after Citizens United, and the planning for the ongoing acceleration of dynastic wealth are simply not supportable under any social compact, respectful of human dignity.
The book in question had only a 114 of the 100 million dollar heirs as it's sample size and skewed, it seems, towards honorable people - those who may very well be a part of the solution. As the book puts it, Ultra-High Net Worth "voluptuaries" were not surveyed - maybe they were having too much fun to be interrupted, or maybe they will be the subject of another volume. Heirs, responsible hard working ones, and even voluptuaries awakening at noon, those of you worth more than whole towns or old European duchies: Please bargain for a shared win. Leave us a little, the gleanings in your fields.
OK, because you asked how a bum like me, with mental problems, who lives in a Dumpster, bought a $100 dollar book, the answer is that I am often sent books to review. I always give my true opinion, in return for getting more books and friends, favors, clients, deals, access to information flows, and ultimately a good reputation as Trusted Advisor to Wealthy Heirs. As for the Voluptuaries, I refer them to my colleague, The Happy Tutor, Dungeon Master to the Heirs in Wealth Bondage. Tutor is the highest paid morals-serving professional on the planet, and, believe me, has plently of high priced competition, better looking, younger, better educated, more supple, and lacking only the deft swat of a practiced hand.