The hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego has brought together a volatile cocktail of rampant speculation and uncertain science.
A handful of powerful city leaders from both sides of the aisle met Friday morning, renewing negotiations for tax increases to expand the Convention Center and create new revenue sources to address the city’s homelessness and affordable housing crises.
At one point last school year, homeless students made up a third of the Barrio Logan school’s total enrollment.
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.
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.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt and NBC7’s Monica Dean break down how much money is being spent to fight homelessness in San Diego.
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.
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.