More than a year ago, San Diego police quietly stopped enforcing a municipal law banning people from living in vehicles amid an ongoing legal challenge. Mayor Todd Gloria said he ordered police to resume enforcement of the city’s vehicle housing ordinance this spring while made a series of other announcements.
What happened next: Police data shows officers issued 11 citations for the crime between April and July.
The law: The vehicle habitation ordinance prohibits people from remaining in their vehicles on city streets or on public property between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., or within 500 feet of a home or school at any time.
Why entries stopped: The city had previously said it would pause this enforcement due to an ongoing class-action lawsuit challenging the city’s crackdown on people living in RVs, vans and other vehicles.
Attorney Ann Menasche, who is leading the federal court challenge, told Voice of San Diego that until recently she had assumed police were not enforcing the new law while the city continued settlement talks, including despite Gloria’s announcement. She later learned otherwise.
“We are very distressed by this and believe that the ordinance is unconstitutional and is abusing our clients’ basic human rights,” Menasche said.
A family’s experience: Chris Endres, who lives in a mobile home with his wife Jullienna and their 12-year-old son, received a room ticket about two weeks ago at 6:50 a.m. in an area of Liberty Station that is not within 500 feet of homes. . or schools. The couple said the city secure parking They are not viable for several reasons, including because they have a second vehicle and a trailer that they do not want to part with.
Capt. Shawn Takeuchi, who heads the San Diego police division that conducts most of the homeless-related law enforcement, said Thursday that he recently reviewed the subpoena after the couple’s attorney point it out in relation to the ongoing lawsuit. Takeuchi said he decided it was not issued properly and then took steps to have it dismissed.
Anti-water divorce legislation passes state Senate
The California Senate passed a bill that make things difficult for water districts break with the San Diego County Water Authority.
AB 399, which came just as two of San Diego’s 24 water districts sought to buy cheaper water in Riverside County, passed 23-10 Wednesday. The vote It was mostly partisan. but two Democrats, Sens. Anna Caballero of Merced and Steve Glazer of Orinda, joined their Republican colleagues in opposing the bill.
Gentleman initially supported the bill in the state Finance and Government Committee, but reservations expressed about this San Diego battle that ends in lawsuits that ultimately generate costs for the taxpayer.
New judicial duel between the divorced: In fact, the Water Authority sues his divorcees and the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission which agreed to allow the departure. The boards of the outgoing water districts (Fallbrook Public Utility District and Rainbow Municipal Water District) in return approved filing lawsuits against the Water Authority.
Other legislation the city is watching: Gloria is recovering SB 43, which would allow more behavioral health withholdings, and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s megabond proposal to expand behavioral health care beds across the state. Glory is urging Newsom and state legislators to add more funding specifically for cities and counties.
City files lawsuit demanding lease of SeaWorld
The city has demanded its tenant most famous for not paying rent during the pandemic.
The Union-Tribune reports that the city on Thursday filed a civil lawsuit against SeaWorld for failing to shell out more than $12 million in rent and other fees.
The backstory: The theme park leases its Mission Bay Park property from the city, giving taxpayers a Unique participation in the success of SeaWorld. As UT reports, SeaWorld’s city lease sets rent based on park revenue and its minimum annual rent has been at least $10.4 million, plus a 3 percent surcharge, for the past several decades. last three years. SeaWorld stopped making rent payments during the worst of the pandemic, and the city concluded that the theme park owes it about $8.9 million in unpaid rent payments and late fees from 2019 through spring 2022, plus interest.
SeaWorld, which was forced to close for a time during the pandemic, argued in previous statements to the UT that it has long been a good partner for the city. City Attorney Mara Elliott and Gloria said Thursday that SeaWorld must pay.
“We have an agreement with them and we’ve had a very long and strong relationship with them, so it’s disturbing and confusing that they would take it to this extreme and not pay,” Elliott told UT.
In other news
- U.S. Rep. Mike Levin has chosen a new challenger for his re-election campaign next year: Margarita Wilkinson, senior vice president and CEO of Entravision Communications. Entravision runs the Spanish-language television station Univision. Wilkinson, well known in local nonprofit and philanthropic circles, said in a written announcement that she is a lifelong Republican and that inflation, national debt and homelessness motivated her candidacy. Republican Matt Gunderson is also seeking the seat.
- The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation published its Inclusive Growth Progress Report with a warning about the havoc that San Diego’s high cost of living and unequal earnings could wreak on the local economy. “The relative poverty rate has increased while median incomes and the wage gap between white and non-white populations have widened. Record-high inflation has hit struggling San Diego households hard, and high operating costs have degraded companies’ ability to attract and retain talent,” the announcement reads.
- 10 Noticias reports that the Coastal Commission voted on thursday close the cliffs at Point La Jolla, an area between Children’s Pool and La Jolla Cove, year-round to protect sea lions.
- Gloria announced Thursday that she has been working with Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell to propose changes to the city’s street vending ordinance this fall to “improve its clarity and applicability.” During a press conference she noted that some suppliers – such as reported by 10 News – have claimed they are exempt because of First Amendment protections and said the amendments the two will propose are intended to “ensure there is no ambiguity about who is subject to this regulation under the street vending ordinance” and improve enforcement .
- KPBS reports that bicycle advocates They are not excited with the city’s draft “Complete Streets” policy.
The morning report was written by Lisa Halverstadt and MacKenzie Elmer. It was edited by Scott Lewis.