LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, homeless encampments, Mayor Ed Lee: Commentary (Matier & Ross), "S.F. mayor plans crackdown on homeless camps citywide" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross): "S.F. mayor plans crackdown on homeless camps citywide" - From the Chronicle:
In the wake of the fatal police shooting of a homeless man on Shotwell Street in the Mission District, San Francisco MayorEd Lee is declaring all homeless tent encampments to be safety hazards and has ordered his department heads to draw up plans for a systematic citywide takedown policy.
“Once the various investigations have finished collecting evidence and completed their interviews of witnesses, I will be ordering the Shotwell camp to be taken down and for it not to come back,” Lee told us. “It is also time to focus on why the police were called to the scene in the first place,” Lee said, declaring that the city needs to deal with camps where some people are carrying weapons.
People living near the camp on Shotwell between 18th and 19th streets told a Chronicle reporter that 45-year-old Luis Gongora had been living on the street there for several months before he was shot by police Thursday. Police and witnesses agreed that Gongora had a kitchen knife when officers arrived, but disagree on whether he was a threat to officers. Two officers fired seven rounds at Gongora shortly after shooting four less-lethal beanbags at him.
It was the second time this year that law enforcement officers were in a confrontation with a homeless person wielding a knife at an encampment in San Francisco. In February, a California Highway Patrol officer was stabbed in the neck and badly injured, allegedly by a homeless man living in an encampment near the Bay Bridge.
“It’s not just that people do not feel safe around the camps — they aren’t safe,” Lee said .....................