Community members criticism opposite quarrelsome city homelessness bidding …
November 17, 2015 - storage organizer
Several city officials and village organizers hold a press discussion Monday morning to criticism a amendments of dual city ordinances per homelessness in Berkeley.
A organisation of scarcely 20 people collected outward Old City Hall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and spoke in antithesis to a due bulletin item, that was co-sponsored by Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmembers Linda Maio, Lori Droste and Laurie Capitelli. If passed, a object would rectify several city ordinances, fixation restrictions on where homeless people can nap and place their belongings.
As a benefaction to these restrictions, however, a amendments introduce providing between 50 and 100 bins during a secure storage trickery for homeless individuals, as good as mobile lavatory units with showers, in a Downtown and Telegraph areas.
For some, a magnitude was attempting to anathema problems a city had not nonetheless attempted to fix. They also criticized a magnitude for not providing adequate storage spaces or open bathrooms.
“The vigilant is to make it so that homeless people are invisible in Berkeley,” pronounced Osha Neumann, a community-based polite rights lawyer, during a press conference.
Neumann also criticized a city’s “leafblower approach” toward homeless people — that mostly includes displacing populations from one partial of a city to another.
According to Councilmember Linda Maio, who co-sponsored a item, a magnitude will not be enforced if there are not adequate storage spaces, and it will not take outcome until storage spaces are built. She also combined that a procedure for essay a bidding was a flourishing problem with people’s security stopping pedestrians’ ability to walk.
“For people who don’t have any place to put their things, it is tough to be so harsh,” Maio said. “What we had to do was yield good peculiarity spaces for people to store their things.”
Michael Lee, a organizer of First They Came for a Homeless, a self-advocacy organisation for a homeless, pronounced past laws unsuccessful since they did not find submit from homeless individuals. He pronounced legislature members contingency instead “consciously include” a homeless in considerations before creation decisions per a homeless population.
Later that evening, a organisation of approximately 30 people participated in a “sing-out” in front of Old City Hall, echoing identical sentiments presented during a morning’s press conference.
“We’re anticipating these actions and care will make a city legislature and legislature members do a right thing,” pronounced Sally Hindman, an eventuality organizer and executive executive of South Berkeley nonprofit Youth Spirit Artworks. “We wish to be a village that cares for a people, and these ordinances are grave violations of polite rights — they’re pushing people out.”
A speakout and convene are also designed to convey Berkeley City Council’s unchanging assembly Tuesday, when a due amendments will be presented and serve discussed.
Staff author Jessie Qian contributed to this report.
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