Palo Alto's controversial proposal to bar people from sleeping in vehicles will be the subject of a community meeting tonight (Thursday, Sept. 15).
The city's proposal, which was prompted largely by complaints from College Terrace residents, would make vehicle dwelling a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. The City Council was scheduled to discuss it in July but officials agreed to postpone it because of heavy resistance from local vehicle dwellers and advocates for the homeless.
The council later rescheduled the discussion to Sept. 12, but is once again kicking it forward to give staff a chance to discuss possible changes to the ordinance with the community.
City Manager James Keene said during Monday night's council meeting that staff has been working in recent months with residents from College Terrace and the coalition of advocates for the homeless on the new ordinance.
The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the University Lutheran Church, 1611 Stanford Ave.