The City's Walking a Legal Tight Rope With Its Hep A and Homelessness Strategies

Voice of San Diego
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"The city’s struggling to balance its response to a public health emergency and exploding homelessness with past and pending legal cases meant to preserve homeless San Diegans’ rights.

Amid ramped up enforcement aimed at the homeless population, which has been hit hardest by the hepatitis A outbreak, the city’s had to grapple with settlements laying out rules for police ticketing homeless people and two more recent lawsuits challenging city enforcement tacks.

City officials say they’re complying with two settlements dictating how police handle homeless San Diegans’ property and when they can ticket people for settling in tents – and that they’re reviewing next steps with two suits calling on the city to abandon enforcement tools often applied to San Diego’s homeless population."