A police lieutenant working in the Haight-Ashbury area said The City’s new sit-lie law has been ineffective, though the claim was disputed by a neighborhood group.
Speaking at the Police Department’s public CompStat meeting, Park station Lt. Belinda Kerr said that despite “a prolific amount” of citations and warnings, “I haven’t seen that it’s done a whole lot.” In addition, she said, police have been seeking stay-away orders for multiple offenders. Read More
The number of homeless people has increased in San Mateo County over the past four years, but fewer people are sleeping on city streets, according to a recently released survey. Read More
The latest cause for pause in enforcement of The City’s controversial sit-lie ordinance? The print shop.
“The entire department has been trained up on policies and procedures,” involving enforcement of the new ordinance, which prohibits sitting or lying on public sidewalks, police Chief Jeff Godown said Sunday. “We’re just waiting for the cards to come back from the printer.” Read More
Merchants at San Francisco’s Ferry Building say they have noticed an increase in homeless in the area — some of whom have been troublesome for business — since the demolition of the Transbay Terminal.
At a meeting Thursday afternoon, the building’s head of security told merchants that multiple stay-away orders have been filed recently for transients who have been bothering customers. Read More
The homeless count: Important measurement or asinine, arbitrary exercise? The debate rages on, even as hundreds of volunteers prepare to fan out across The City tonight to count people who appear to be homeless. Some 500 volunteers are anticipated to participate in the count, which the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requires San Francisco and other municipalities to do every two years. Read More
WHAT: Bobby and Amanda Herring peacefully fed homeless people in downtown Houston nightly for more than a year. Then the city shut down their free hot meals for not having a permit.
WHY: Bureaucrats said all food for the public must be prepared in a certified kitchen with a certified food manager. Such restrictions are supposedly vital for the homeless, who are most vulnerable to contaminated food and have least access to health care. Read More
Advocates for the homeless will gather tonight to remember friends, family members and strangers who died while living on the streets this year. "In any society, it's important to honor people who are deceased," said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness. "And people without a place to call home are not often memorialized in any way." Read More
This is what it looks like when politicians and the special interests they serve ignore economic reality and spend a once-flourishing state into the ditch.
Three hundred people are currently living in a tent city in Sacramento, where Michelle Rhee’s fiancé Kevin Johnson is mayor, as the city’s homeless population – now estimated at 2,000 – explodes. Read More
Golden Gate Park might close between 1 and 5 a.m. as part of a plan to flush out rising crime and vandalism.
City officials are drafting legislation aimed at shutting down The City’s largest park overnight in order to stiffen penalties for troublemakers who either camp or hang out there during late-night hours. Read More
A corps of homeless people has moved deeper into Golden Gate Park, resisting attempts at providing them services.Overall, calls to police reporting homeless people in Golden Gate Park have declined since 2008, records from the Department of Emergency Management show.In 2008, there were 441 calls reporting homeless people in the park, compared with 401 in 2009. To date, police have received 272 calls. Read More