San Francisco’s wealthy residents filed a lawsuit against the city and the California State Lands Commission this week; saying more environmental studies are needed before construction can begin on a new, massive homeless shelter along the waterfront.
“The wealthy San Francisco residents who launched a crowdfunding campaign to block construction of a new homeless shelter in their waterfront neighborhood are employing a new tactic: arguing that homeless people are bad for the environment,” reports the Guardian. “In a lawsuit filed against the city of San Francisco and the California State Lands Commission, the residents called for the project to undergo an environmental review before breaking ground.”
“This project will have a significant effect on the environment due to these unusual circumstances, including by attracting additional homeless persons, open drug and alcohol use, crime, daily emergency calls, public urination and defecation, and other nuisances,” the lawsuit states.
San Francisco and other California cities are struggling to cope with a massive influx of homeless people; creating unsafe conditions throughout previously wealthy neighborhoods.
Despite the region’s escalating homeless crisis, rampant drug use, skyrocketing rents, and illegal immigration, San Francisco set its sights on the biggest scourge facing the city: E-Cigarettes.
San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban the sale of E-Cigarettes this week; making it illegal for vendors to sell any product that vaporizes nicotine.
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“The city voted Tuesday to ban sales of e-cigarettes, making it illegal to sell nicotine vaporizer products in stores or for online retailers to ship the goods to San Francisco addresses. The ban will be the first of its kind to go into effect in the U.S. The ordinance will now go to the mayor to sign into law. Cigarettes and other tobacco products will remain legal in the city, along with recreational marijuana,” reports Bloomberg.
“This is groundbreaking legislation that shows local governments are prepared to step up,” [City Attorney Dennis Herrera] said. “What you will see in the aftermath of this legislation is other jurisdictions looking at what they might be prepared to do to protect their young people.”
California’s escalating homeless crisis took a turn for the worse last month, with local reporters finding San Francisco’s transient population living in makeshift tree houses across the Bay Area.
“The occupants of five to six ramshackle tree houses built in a private industrial park near Stevenson Boulevard and I-880 in Fremont are facing eviction,” reports CBS San Francisco.
“Crews equipped with chainsaws and handsaws have begun clearing out the structures and cutting off limbs in order to make it harder to reoccupy and easier to spot the homeless who are taking refuge in the trees. They are about halfway through the long line of more than 60 eucalyptus trees,” adds the local news channel.
“I think it’s a good idea actually, I think it’s actually something that people would benefit from if we had the right knowledge of trees,” said one homeless man.
“There’s a lot of us women who work here late … so I’m worried that I could be in danger,” added a female worker employed in the industrial park.
Read the full report at the Guardian.