Council schedules special meeting to discuss homeless litigation

August 9, 2012

San Luis Obispo City Council scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to discuss whether to approve a settlement agreement regarding litigation about the city’s treatment of its homeless residents.

Council members will meet in closed session to discuss details of a tentative agreement regarding the ticketing of homeless persons caught sleeping in their vehicles. The agreement is the result of an Aug. 3 mediation session between attorneys for the city and the homeless.

In April, attorneys Saro Rizzo and Stew Jenkins filed a lawsuit against the city of San Luis Obispo and the chief of police for implementing an aggressive ticketing campaign that they contend discriminates against homeless people.

Following Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. closed session meeting, the council is required to disclose any action taken. If the council approves the settlement agreement, which already has the approval of homeless alliance attorneys Rizzo and Jenkins, the court would also need to approve any agreements.


9 Comments

  1. Old Salt says:

    On Dec 27, 2012
    In Fresno NW of highway 41 at Van Ness Ave there is a large homeless encampment approx. 2 blocks long. They live in tents and whatever shelter they can put up. They burn from 55 gallon drums to keep warm.
    It’s one of the filthiest streets I’ve ever seen and I wondered why Fresno City workers or sanitation hadn’t cleaned up the piles and piles of garbage alongside the road and next to their living quarters. I saw no pot-a-potties.
    Many of these homeless have heard all about SLO, Morro Bay and extended areas…
    SLO, Built it…Advertise it…”they” will come.

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  2. The Gimlet Eye says:

    This short video will shock you with how many people are on the government dole and how the system has a built-in bias that keeps them in poverty rather than helping them escape it. [These numbers will haunt you, because it is obvious that the productive segment of society eventually will be crushed by the burden it is forced to carry.]
    YouTube Posted 2012 Sep12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSYy3ZYOfgQ&feature=player_embedded

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  3. kwake says:

    Just let them all park in front of rizzo’s house… problem solved…

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  4. The Gimlet Eye says:

    A somewhat related story:

    More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/more-than-100-million-americans-are-on-welfare

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    • hijinks says:

      Well, if Bush hadn’t destroyed the economy, most of those people would have jobs, and not need food stamps.

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      More than 100 miliion Americans would be dying in the streets today if not for social welfare safety net programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
      Today would be WORSE than the so-called Great Depression, if not for liberal and progressive protections.

      You ‘conservatives’ would be throwing your grandparents and children out into the street to fend for themselves or die. Your women would be selling themselves for small change…just enough to buy meager foodstuffs.
      You Republicans want us to live like third world vagabonds.

      Well guess what ?
      We ain’t gonna do it !

      Most of us will rebel by just not co-operating.

      Others of us will have a more active role in illiminating the fascists among us.

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  5. womanwhohasbeenthere says:

    The city has squandered so much money on litigation. Here is yet another example.

    Any chance that Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Rizzo would be willing to give a portion of their legal fees to help the homeless?

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    • hijinks says:

      They took the case pro bono. They’ve done more for the homeless than you have just by taking this case for free.

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  6. smartmouth says:

    Go Saro!

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