Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Council considers camping ordinance at 1 p.m.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM

City Council will take public comments today on a proposed ordinance that would ban camping on city property.

The meeting is at City Hall in City Council chambers and begins at 1 p.m. A large and vocal turnout is expected. If passed, the new ordinance would outlaw the homeless camps that have sprung up along creek beds.

Naysayers say the ordinance is an attempt to outlaw homelessness. Advocates, however, say the ordinance has been thought through and would be enforced with compassion. Campers would initially be given a warning, informed of shelter accommodations, and told to move within 48 hours. If they fail to move, they would be ticketed. The law would not be enforced if all shelters were full.

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