Berkeley approves new laws dealing with homeless

Dec 2, 2015 11:50 AM by News Staff

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Berkeley city leaders have approved a set of laws aimed at establishing a minimum standard of civility on the city's streets.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that the new laws ban people from sleeping in planter beds, leaving personal belongings in trees, or taking up more than a 2-square-foot space on the sidewalk. They also tighten an existing ban on public urination and defecation. The city's ordinance also prevents shopping carts from being in one spot for more than an hour.

In 2013, the council voted unanimously to build an emergency shelter that would offer comprehensive services, similar to the Navigation Center in San Francisco. Since then, the problem has gotten worse, but there is no concrete plan to build the shelter. There are several hundred people that sleep outside each night in Berkeley.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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