: missionlocal – excerpt
Supervisor David Campos announced on Monday that within four months, all of the homeless encampments in the Mission District would be dismantled.
“Our plan, and my commitment to you, is to remove all Mission encampments within the next four months, in an effective and humane manner,” said Campos in a press release addressed to Mission District residents and businesses.
“I am glad to report that the process for encampment removal is already underway,” he added, saying a new “Encampment Resolution Team” would be targeting tent cities in the northeastern section of the Mission District, from 16th to 19th streets between South Van Ness Avenue and Bryant Street.
Later on Monday at a community meeting, Campos, Jeff Kositsky — the head of the newly-created Department of Homelessness — Captain Daniel Perea of the Mission District police station, and other city officials spoke to a dozen Mission District residents about the encampments and confronted complaints that the city was doing nothing to help property owners.
“This neighborhood is an absolute travesty,” said Mark, who did not give a last name. “You should be ashamed of yourselves. It’s disgusting.”
“We pay the highest rents. We pay the highest property taxes in the country,” said David Garcia, another resident. “We deserve better.”
Other residents suggested erecting barricades on the sidewalks to prevent camping, as the city did after the crackdown on encampments on Division Street. Another resident said police officers should be empowered to dismantle tents and move people along.
Captain Perea, for his part, said it was against the law to forcibly displace people.
“We issue citations, we make arrests for warrants,” he said. “We can’t tell people to move. We have to follow the law.”… (more)