From Bwtm

Over the course of the year, 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness. The number of people living on the streets threatens to grow as thousands of people are now homeless as a result of Hurricane Katrina. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as of late November, approximately 50,000 hurricane evacuees remained in hotels and motels awaiting alternative housing options.

The homeless crisis was started when President Ronald Reagan cut funds and closed many hospitals and institutions. This was the beginning of compassionate conservatism.

The criminalization of homelessness relates to smear tatics and the Harrasment of photographers.

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California Code - Section 647 http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/PEN/3/1/15/2/s647

California Code - Section 602 http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/PEN/3/1/14/s602


The evolution of San Diego's approach to homelessness. The city's finally doing something to get folks off the street. Will it last? http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-9848-the-evolution-of-san-diegos-approach-to-homelessness.html

Local OB Writer’s Car Torched – Some Speculate Incident Due to Article on Homeless. http://obrag.org/?p=33004

Not all welcome skid row charity. Authorities are wary of groups that hand out food and clothing, claiming they may leave a mess behind or fuel drug sales. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-homeless-feeding-20100912,0,3516010.story?page=1

Returning face of homelessness. As unemployment rate soars, the poor become more visible. http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/oct/10/returning-face-homelessness/?metro&zIndex=180481

For Veterans, a Weekend Pass From Homelessness. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/us/26homeless.html?em

link to Google Streets view of the I-5 overpass Commercial street south east of downtown San Diego. This area often is a tent city. The homeless were rousted and the area was cleaned up in July of 2009. When this linked was posted, July 26, 2009, it showed many tents. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&q=farmers+market&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&ei=h2ZsSunMG46SsgOvpaSWBQ&radius=0.05&sll=32.705418,-117.144784&sspn=0.001113,0.001773&rq=1&ll=32.705294,-117.147185&spn=0,359.992908&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=32.705297,-117.147292&panoid=0NvxK1eBOUL3vlFWKACjaw&cbp=12,315,,0,5

San Diego Police Help Homeless Alcoholics Clean Up Their Act. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2009/jul/17/san-diego-police-help-homeless-alcoholics-clean-th/

When cops attack. Police Department must hold officer accountable for altercation with good Samaritan. http://www.sdcitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/when_cops_attack/7898/

Tent Cities: An American Tradition. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/19/tent-cities-an-american-t_n_175665.html

Cities Deal With a Surge in Shanty Towns. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/us/26tents.html?_r=1&ref=us

Life goes on around body found frozen in vacant Detroit warehouse, Charlie LeDuff. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090129/METRO08/901290400

NeedCom http://www.pbs.org/weblab/needcom/home2.html

The Professional Panhandling Plague. A new generation of shakedown artists hampers America’s urban revival. http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_3_panhandling.html

Finding L.A.'s hidden homeless. Thousands live in trees, under freeways, in caves on the fringes of wilderness. Some have TVs, grills, pets. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-outreach23-2008aug23,0,7937896.story?page=1

Ontario police clear out most of Tent City. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tentcity25mar25,1,6982575.story

'Ontario residents only' at Tent City. Officials begin thinning out the encampment, saying the city can provide space only for those who once lived there and can prove it. Large, often confused, crowds formed ragged lines behind police barricades where officers handed out color-coded wristbands. Blue meant they were from Ontario and could remain. Orange indicated they had to provide more proof to avoid ejection, and white meant they had a week to leave. The no-pet order caused widespread anger and tears Monday as some homeless people said they could not imagine life without their dogs. Many have three or four and vowed to leave Tent City before giving the dogs up. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tents18mar18,1,5139391.story

Tent City evicting homeless who are not from Ontario. In an effort to limit the size of the refuge and improve conditions, officials will force out residents who can't prove they once lived in the city. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tentcity14mar14,1,5933995.story