San Diego’s long had a dearth of public restrooms to accommodate downtown, and failed to add enough despite continued calls for more. Now that lacking response has amplified a deadly outbreak.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s staff looked at potential homeless shelter sites for months and repeatedly pointed to reasons they couldn’t work. Now, in the midst of a deadly hepatitis A outbreak, they’ve decided sites identified months ago or that previously housed shelters are acceptable after all.
A hepatitis A outbreak disproportionately hitting San Diego’s homeless reveals a fundamental tenet of the city’s homeless policy. For years, the city has opted against giving a modicum of comfort to the homeless, while failing to put forward a long-term solution.
County officials sputtered over bureaucratic steps for weeks after announcing a plan to deploy hand-washing stations in areas where homeless people congregate in hopes of combating a deadly hepatitis A outbreak plaguing that population. On Friday, they sprang into action. I was first to report on a letter from county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer demanding that […]
After weeks of bureaucratic hand-wringing, San Diego County’s top official directed the city to allow hand-washing stations in at least 30 locations in the city – and the city’s pledging to act quickly.
In the two months since officials decided to set up hand-washing stations to help combat a deadly hepatitis A outbreak, the county has deployed just two stations – and they’re both miles away from the downtown streets that are essentially ground zero of the outbreak.
Short-term rental platforms Airbnb and HomeAway claim Councilwoman Barbara Bry’s proposed vacation-rental regulations would hamstring rental operators in the city.
Two public restrooms at Fault Line Park that had been inaccessible for months amid a growing hepatitis A outbreak are now unlocked following questions from Voice of San Diego and a city parks official.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has avoided weighing in on a more than two-year debate over how to regulate short-term rentals, instead punting the controversy to the City Council.
Among the housing reform plans put forward by several City Council members and Mayor Kevin Faulconer, there is some significant agreement that could open the door to actual policy changes.