Shopping Cart Rights - Homeless Win In San Francisco, CA, USA FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 11:30:52 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.usnews.com:80/usnews/issue/991025/cart.htm
FWD  U.S. News & World Report - October 25, 1999

     THE RIGHT TO A SHOPPING CART

     THE HOMELESS WIN ONE IN SAN FRANCISCO

     BY MIKE THARP

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown put the cart before remorse - and his
timing couldn't have been worse. Just as the city's mayoral race was
heating up earlier this month, the press discovered Brown's scheme to strip
the homeless of their shopping carts. And that was the end of that.

Under the shopping cart "recovery" program, police would have issued the
homeless citations for possessing stolen property and required them to
appear in court. But San Franciscans would have none of it. Denouncing the
plan as "aesthetic cleansing," they demanded it be recalled. And that's
just what the mayor did last week. "I'm not trying to get the Giuliani
vote," Brown barked, referring to the New York mayor's crackdown on a
litany of perceived sins, like jaywalking

*Tripping.*

Many of San Francisco's estimated 4,000 to 14,000 homeless load carts with
their belongings or with cans they collect and haul to recycling centers.
"I make $13 to $15 a trip," said 39-year-old Kenneth Goodteacher recently
as he pushed his cart near the famous Haight-Ashbury corner.

In recent years, even historically laid-back San Franciscans have begun to
grow weary of their homeless population. Still, a tradition of social
tolerance lives on in the city by the bay. So when it comes to cracking
down on the homeless population, no one - not even Willie Brown - gets
carte blanche.

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