San Diego City Council to discuss homeless protesters June 22 FWD

Tom Boland (
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 06:36:35 -0700 (PDT)
FWD  San Diego Daily Transcript - June 15, 1998


Homeless people are an everyday sight at the steps of San Diego City Hall,
where they have camped for the last two months protesting the lack of
adequate year-round shelters. Police Department Captain Bill Maheu sent a
memo last week to city employees, many of whom say they are uncomfortable
with the protesters, saying the actions are legitimate.

"In general, the protesters have a right to be present at City Hall,
however the law does limit some of their behavior," Maheu said, referring
to illegal acts like public urination, aggressive panhandling or littering.
The department has scheduled a brown bag luncheon in council chambers
Monday, June 22, to answer questions from employees or the public.

The City Council has distanced itself from the shelter idea, saying that
homelessness is a regional issue that should be discussed by a regional
planning body.


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