South Anaheim resident Jeannine Robbins helped lead the effort to shut-down hundreds of legally-operating short-term rentals in Anaheim. Last night, she announced on her Facebook page that she and other activists will speak at tonight’s city council meeting urging repeal of the anti-camping ordinance enacted in 2015 as a tool for reclaiming city parks that had turned into homeless encampments:
Robbins appears to be following the ACLU’s belief that a person has a human right to sleep wherever they decide if there isn’t room in a nearby homeless shelter. Furthermore, there is a reason cities lock park bathrooms at night: if they don’t, park bathrooms tend to become locations for clandestine drug use or sexual activity.
As for the demand to turn the Karcher property into a homeless encampment: good luck support from anyone who actually lives in that area and would have to deal with the consequences. Residents of those neighborhoods were fed up enough with the detritus — hypodermic needles, human excrement, used condoms, etc. – from the La Palma Park homeless encampment. Their community lobbying helped lead to the anti-camping ordinance; it’s unlikely they’ll welcome the return of a city-sponsored homeless camp.
Repealing the anti-camping ordinance would be terrible public policy. It’s pure propaganda to claim it “criminalizes” homelessness. What it does is help the city ensure public parks remain just that: parks for the public. A mindset seems to have taken hold among homeless “advocates” that unless one has a solution for homelessness, then one isn’t allowed to criticize or object to their demands.