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Please let these people know that no law should be so broad as to allow public camping at city parks and school grounds.
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The Times has an editorial - No Homeless Camping in Seattle Parks, Schoolgrounds - which seems to indicate that the new ordinance
The lone vote against introducing the legislation — Councilmember Tim Burgess — described it as effectively creating a right to camp on public property, including parks and schools. He’s right: The ordinance makes it impossible to move a homeless camp off public lands for 30 days except in hazardous circumstances.We truly have a situation in our city and it certainly, from many standpoints, from humanitarian to practical,needs to be addressed.
A large group of elderly residents of the Chinatown International District showed up to testify on Tuesday that homeless camps under Interstate 5 at South Jackson Street added to needles and crime outside their food bank. Those are the same camps that the historic Wing Luke Museum said depressed attendance, raising concerns about its future.
I also doubt that most homeless people would choose a school playground to camp on (although I know many camp in city parks.)
But it really isn't something that the City should have, unwittingly or not, allowed into law.
I did speak with Deputy Superintendent Steve Niselsen at the Executive Committee meeting this morning. and it is something that does concern the district. They will be giving input on this legislation to the Council but he did offer that it would be helpful if parents let the Council know their thoughts.