An Anaheim resident who requested anonymity asked Anaheim Blog to publish this open letter:
Please Urge City Council to Address the Homeless Issue During Tuesday’s Council Meeting!
Items 20 and 22 on Tuesday Night’s City Council Meeting agenda directly address our concerns about the Homeless Issues in District 5.
We need your help to communicate to City Council that these items must be voted upon and approved on Tuesday.
Agenda Item 20 allows for the appointment of additional members to the Homeless Policy Working Group. Currently, there is no District 5 representative on that working group. City Council must understand that the criminal and anti-social activity committed by many within the homeless population is our District’s greatest issue and harms our quality of life more than any other problem existing in our city. District 5 cannot be frozen out of any efforts to design homeless policy solutions for our city. For more information, please see the staff report at: http://local.anaheim.net/docs_agend/questys_pub/14558/14588/14590/15352/15357/Staff%20Report15357.pdf
Agenda Item 22 declares a public health and safety state of emergency related to the homeless, homelessness and homeless encampments within the city limits and on property adjacent to the city limits like the Santa Ana River Bed and the Eastbound 91 Freeway/Harbor Blvd On-Ramp. The declaration of emergency empowers city staff to take immediate action to provide shelter and services to the homeless in our community and address unlawful activity within the city and the Santa Ana River Trail. Our residents need immediate relief from the unsafe environment that is the result of growth of the Santa Ana River Trail homeless encampments. More information can be found in the staff report at http://local.anaheim.net/docs_agend/questys_pub/14558/14588/14590/15353/15383/Staff%20Report15383.pdf
If you believe that the City Council should pass these agenda items, then please help champion them. Please take the time to speak during the public comments section at this Tuesday’s City Council Meeting to express support for the two agenda items. When speaking, make sure to let the Council Members know the district in which you live and that your vote at the next election will be based on whether your Council Member votes yes on Agenda Items 20 and 22.
If you can’t make the council meeting, please email the Mayor and City Council today to express your support of these items.
Please pass the word along to your neighbors! Together, we will win back our neighborhoods.