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Using $50,000 in redevelopment funds, the city is planning to turn 14 benches perpendicular to the State Street storefronts they now face. The idea is to make it more difficult for beggars to establish contact with passersby, officials said. "They'll be sitting with their backs to half the people coming and going on the sidewalk," said Marck Aguilar, a supervisor for the city's redevelopment agency. "They'll have half the potential contacts with the public. It might not be financially beneficial for them."
Four of Santa Barbara's homeless people have died since Jan. 1, and 32 died last year.
The idea, which originated with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, a business group, has again focused attention on Santa Barbara's efforts to deal with its sizable homeless population. "This is the kind of step that people who want to do something about the problem have been forced to in desperation," said City Council member Dale Francisco
Originally posted by k0mbination
reply to post by DerepentLEstranger
gotta agree with you mate, it's sad when you think that a lot of homeless are either mentally ill, or come from broken homes etc, they should be using that 50k to help them get some form of life back instead of kicking them in the guts again. That money would go along way towards a soup van etc.
The government did a similar thing here I heard during the olympics in sydney when they rounded up a lot of the homeless and shipped them out of the city for the duration of the event, I used to live in sydney city and a lot of the older homeless where ex vietnam vets...makes you think don't it.