Berkeley orders new homeless tent city to disband
November 27, 2015 - storage organizer
The city of Berkeley issued a stop and terminate order Tuesday to residents of an outpost that popped adult during Old City Hall on Nov. 16 in greeting to new homeless laws the city is seeking to enact.
The memo, distributed by military to about 50 people vital in a approximately 22 tents on a front lawn, cites that penal formula territory 647(e) prohibits anyone from stay on open skill though accede of a skill owner. The offense is a misdemeanor.
“Lodging on a skill of 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way is not permitted,” reads a order. “Please take this event to immediately collect your effects and leave this location.”
But a sequence seems to have been met with a large boredom by those camping out, many of whom identified themselves as homeless or advocates for a homeless.
“It’s not an encampment, it’s a protest,” pronounced a 29-year-old lady who identified herself as Musik Street Ninja. She pronounced she is from Berkeley though now has a room in that to nap in Antioch. “We are protesting a jive homeless laws they are perplexing to pass.”
Added Mike Zint, who pronounced he is a chairman who called for a camp-out: “This is a commons owned by everybody. We possess this property. It’s open property. We are giving ourselves accede to be here.”
Zint likely military would not roust those camping out on Thanksgiving or a day after, that is a large selling day. He likely officers would come to mislay a tents Monday.
Paul Kealoha-Blake, a proffer mental-health commissioner for a city, who served on a Homeless Task Force convened by City Councilman Jesse Arreguín, agreed.
“My take on it is they are going to let this stay for now,” pronounced Kealoha-Blake, who was visiting a outpost Wednesday morning. “But all of these occupations have to get moved, and it eventually will get moved.”
Homeless people and some activists initial set adult tents outward a building final week, on Monday, Nov. 16, to criticism a new set of laws legislature was approaching to cruise a subsequent evening. Council did adopt some of those laws, that proponents say will inspire polite function on a streets, though opponents characterized them as “criminalizing” a homeless.
The new laws, that have not left into outcome yet, extent a space people can widespread out their personal effects on sidewalks to 4 square feet. They anathema urinating and defecating in public. They demarcate people from fibbing in planters or withdrawal selling carts in one mark for longer than an hour, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The law voiced a city’s vigilant to emanate secure storage comforts in that a homeless can store their possessions, as good as charity mobile showers.
The procedure behind a new laws was, in part, due to a deteriorating conditions in Ohlone Park, where many homeless people did drugs publicly, defecated in a underbrush or in people’s backyards, and left rabble all around, residents reported.
The organisation camping in front of Old City Hall is perplexing to heed itself from that form of homeless person, pronounced Zint. The stay is drug- and alcohol-free (except for people who contingency use medicinal marijuana). Campers are approaching to purify adult after themselves. They can’t be rowdy, he said.
In fact, Zint pronounced he and others have already evicted people reluctant to approve with those rules. They kicked out a prostitute who was carrying sex for income right by a military station, he said. They evicted some meth heads and a squad of bicycle thieves.
Zint pronounced he wants a stay to uncover people that there are obliged homeless people who are only “like a chairman subsequent door” though “without a house.” However, those camping out “don’t wish a same things a housed want.”
“What we wish to do is uncover a city that a homeless can be obliged for themselves and act appropriately,” pronounced Zint, who had camped out during a Main Post Office on Allston Way for some-more than a year until final week.
Zint wants Berkeley to appropriate a mark where a homeless can set adult tents and live by a winter. He believes this kind of semi-permanent housing will concede homeless people to save adequate income to get a automobile or find a improved housing situation.
Zint pronounced he sent out a national call for some-more homeless people and their supporters to come to Old City Hall in time for a Dec. 1 assembly of a City Council, that will do a second reading that night of a new homeless laws. He put out a summary on a “First They Came for a Homeless” Facebook page, and tweeted on a Occupy San Francisco and Occupy Oakland chatter accounts. He has also asked Veterans for Peace to join. The Brass Liberation Orchestra is ostensible to perform, too, he said.
If there are too many tents to fit on a lawn, people will set adult tents in Civic Center Park, he said.
The cease-and-desist sequence sent by a city included a list of shelters where people could go. But those during a Old City Hall stay pronounced they have no goal of going to a shelter.
“They are bug-ridden,” pronounced Kenneth Collier, 46, who camped out during a Berkeley Main Post Office for 4 months progressing this year, afterwards left for San Francisco though returned after someone stole his tent, sleeping bag and wallet. He pronounced he is a former Marine. “They are a misfortune places in a world.”
While Collier does not like Berkeley’s shelters, he does like a services Berkeley provides. If he had remained in San Francisco after his wallet was stolen, it would have taken a lot of time to get new marker and his SSI payment, he said. But a Social Security Administration bureau in Berkeley immediately gave him a document and he was means to get his monthly $933.40 remuneration a brief time later, he said.
That kind of use is because so many homeless people ride to Berkeley, pronounced Zint.
“Half of a homeless people here are not from here,” pronounced Zint.
Berkeley liberality will be on full arrangement on Thanksgiving, pronounced Collier. There are a series of churches who are charity giveaway Thanksgiving dishes and people have affianced to pierce food to a Old City Hall stay as well.
“You go inspired in Berkeley, we have personal issues,” pronounced Collier. “I gained so most weight entrance here. There’s some-more to get in Berkeley than anywhere else.”
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