Berkeley Takes Realistic Look att Aggressive Homeless
Original post made by Kate on Mar 14, 2007
Watch out Palo Alto, we're invoking Berkeley's prior failed policies right now. We now have a homeless shelter downtown and close to the high school, which is a magnet for the homeless. We provide drop-in services, are invoking "restorative policing" - code word for hands-off the homeless (i.e., do not cite) and relentless homeless advocates. We are just beginning to experience the negative results of many poor decisions on the part of City Council with regard to our growing homeless problem.
on Mar 14, 2007 at 10:24 am
So, as the heat gets turned up in Berkley, and turned down in Palo Alto, where are the more violation-prone Berkley homeless going to gravitate?
on Mar 14, 2007 at 10:33 pm
Palo Alto is taking all the steps that Berkeley is (and then some) only they are not public yet. We have a unique homeless issue and it will take tireless people, time and this community to make a change. If you want to learn more or give us your thoughts, please attend our upcoming event on 4/10 at the Garden Court Hotel at 8AM where you can talk with the Mayor and the Police Department directly.
Restorative policing means "hands on" policing, addressing the problem at its root and changing lives forever, i.e. making real change permanently.
on Mar 15, 2007 at 11:15 am
Eileen - Your response leaves alot to the imagination as to what restorative policing actually means. It appears that some in our community already know what it means and others do not because it is not, as you say, public information yet. Since you seem to be one of the individuals that has been informed of its meaning, you may be able to answer a few basic questions. You have indicated that Palo Alto "will take all the steps that Berkeley is taking and then some". Since Berkeley is now citing those homeless individuals that are storing their personal belongings on public property (streets, parks, open public land) and those that are physically and/or verbally aggressive towards others, are you saying that Palo Alto will now also be vigilant in making certain that the same happens here? Will citations and arrests actually occur here in Palo Alto when the aforementioned circumstances arise? Will the downtown streets be closely monitored by the police department to insure that the circumstances described above do not occur on a regular basis? Let's hope so. I just completed a walk downtown this morning and I witnessed a homeless man interacting with an elderly Asian woman who was just tying to park her car in front of University Cafe. He was yelling at her and waiving his cain around. She stepped on the gas and fled. I hope we can agree that we need comprehensive police oversight downtown now that the shelter is based there and is drawing more homeless to Palo Alto.