Saturday, July 30, 2016
Deborah Barnes met with Mayor Helene Schneider on Thursday to request a delay in the RV Ban coming up on the agenda Sept 27th until solutions can be offered. By banning Motor Home dwellers from our city, it will cause a large amount of street homelessness that is unnecessary. Solutions can be found such as allowing a few to park in city lots, at Earl Warren Showgrounds, County lots on Foothill, an in yards or compounds in the industrial areas, etc. Also allowing Worth Street Reach to work with several on housing. Housing in our area is a crisis at .01% and with colleges and ESL programs coming back in soon, there will be even less housing. "We need to find solutions first", says Barnes. No one knows the number of RV Dwellers. So WSR is gathering all the data they can. The Mayor asked what other cities are doing, how can we know the numbers, and more excellent questions that no one has answers to. The Mayor came out into the hall to meet some of the Motor Home residents who were waiting to meet city council members. She welcomed them and we had the opportunity to put a face to who the dwellers are. City Council members were not available or did not show up for requested appointments. But meeting the Mayor was a key!