Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., and San Francisco Mayor London Breed drew rare ire from progressive organizations over their stance on homeless encampments in the city.
A recent Ninth Circuit District Court ruling in Grants Pass, Oregon upheld the decision to invalidate local anti-camping ordinance that prohibited homeless people from sleeping on public property.
In response to this decision, Newsom filed an amicus brief to ask for a review of the case by the U.S. Supreme Court to provide “clarification” to local and state government’s abilities in combating the homelessness crisis.
“These courts have stretched Martin’s reasonable limit into an unsurmountable roadblock, preventing cities and towns from imposing commonsense time and place restrictions to keep streets safe and to move those experiencing homelessness into shelter,” Newsom’s amicus brief states. “California’s elected officials who seek in good faith to improve what often appears to be an intractable crisis have found themselves without options, forced to abandon efforts to make the spaces occupied by unhoused people safer.”
In June, a report from Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) at the University of California, San Francisco found that nearly one-third of the nation’s homelessness population was in California. Of the people surveyed, two-thirds reported mental health issues.
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