February 23, 2024
Sen. Brian Jones, at podium, introduces Sen. Catherine Blakespear at a press convention in Sacramento. Picture from video

San Diego state senators from each side of the aisle joined forces on Tuesday to introduce a invoice to compassionately clear homeless encampments in California.

Minority Chief Brian Jones of Santee and Democrat Catherine Blakespear of Encinitas joined different legislators in Sacramento to pitch Senate Invoice 1011, a measure to compassionately clear the state’s persistent encampments.

The laws, modeled after San Diego’s profitable Unsafe Tenting Ordinance, would prohibit encampments inside 500 ft of delicate group areas comparable to faculties, parks and transit stops, in addition to on sidewalks, whereas offering people with a 72-hour warning earlier than clearing.

Regulation enforcement could be required to supply details about sleeping alternate options, homeless shelters and psychological well being providers earlier than clearing.

“Californians shouldn’t should tolerate the encampments that now fill our open areas with trash, needles, and human waste,” mentioned Jones. “We all know that clearing encampments is feasible when there may be the political will to take action.

“Our bipartisan SB 1011 will assist compassionately clear encampments, clear up California, and defend public security and well being,” he mentioned.

Blakespear, who’s the principal co-author of the invoice, mentioned, “Public areas should not residing areas. Folks need to reside inside, and the general public deserve to make use of their parks, sidewalks and streets as they have been designed. This invoice is a step towards creating that actuality.”

Californians can signal a petition in help of the measure on-line.