SAN DIEGO – San Diego seeks to ban homeless in vehicles near beaches

first_imgHomeBriefsSAN DIEGO – San Diego seeks to ban homeless in vehicles near beaches Mar. 27, 2019 at 4:15 amBriefsGovernmentHomelessnessNewsPoliticsSAN DIEGO – San Diego seeks to ban homeless in vehicles near beachesnews2 years agohomelessMayor Kevin Faulconersan diegoU.S. District Judge Anthony Battagliavan-lifers The mayor of San Diego is proposing a new law to ban the growing problem of homeless people living in vehicles near beaches.The move announced Monday follows numerous complaints about public urination, trash and illegal activity since an ordinance that had been in place was repealed in February following a federal judge’s ruling that it was too vague, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city will double the number of so-called safe parking lots where people who live in vehicles can stay at night, and he will present the proposed law to the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee on April 17.“If you are living out of your vehicle because you have nowhere else to go, we want to help you,” Faulconer told a press conference.“At the same time, residents and businesses have a right to clean and safe neighborhoods,” he said.Last summer, U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia issued an injunction against the old law in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of homeless people who live in vehicles because they don’t do well in regular shelters, the newspaper said.The judge said the law did not indicate specifically what turns a vehicle into a person’s home or “living quarters.”The City Council then repealed the law in February.Faulconer said the city attorney has been working on a new law that will be based on vehicle habitation ordinances in other cities. The goal is to hold people accountable for behavior that damages the city’s quality of life, not to criminalize homelessness, he said.Homeless advocate Michael McConnell called the proposal a “Band-Aid type response” and not long-term strategy.“I would support a new vehicle habitation law if the law respects that we have this raging crisis on our streets,” he said.In addition to the homeless problem, the mayor also noted there are visitors who sleep in their vans, “using our neighborhoods as a vacation spot, or as stopping points as they travel from city to city.”Brian White, president of a council that advocates for residents of the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, said that in addition to those “van-lifers,” people have begun to advertise campers parked near beaches.“It’s basically the camper van version of a short-term vacation rental,” he said.Associated PressTags :homelessMayor Kevin Faulconersan diegoU.S. District Judge Anthony Battagliavan-lifersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLOS ANGELES – Jury awards $9M to family of woman killed by policeWashington, D.C. – US Education Department investigating college bribery schemeYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author12 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agolast_img read more

Finance insiders: The UK won’t really go

first_imgCaucus participants were pessimistic about the U.K.’s ability to secure so-called passporting rights that allow banks to operate across the single market from London. Sixty-five percent predicted the U.K. would lose these rights as part of Brexit negotiations.Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney addresses the media last week in London.“I think this will be top priority for the U.K., and they can achieve it,” said one in the minority. “But only if they soften the rhetoric and lower expectations on free movement restrictions.”One caucus member also argued the City could use its regulatory distance from the EU to its advantage.“The EU is important but so is the rest of the world,” they cautioned. “The EU keeps trying to restrict and place obstacles in the way. London will remain attractive.”The best argument to stayAsked whether they thought Brexit would mean that the EU would disintegrate — as former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and others have predicted — almost 90 percent of caucus members disagreed, saying the EU would stay much the same or get stronger.“Brexit will scare the remaining 27 enough to stick together,” said one. And as another put it, “the aftermath of the Brexit vote is the best argument to stay in and to reform the EU.” Many were hopeful that the fallout from Britain’s EU referendum would push remaining countries to evolve the union rather than sticking with the status quo.“Europe is at a crossroads. Muddling through is over. That’s the positive thing about Brexit,” said one, as others signaled opportunity now for reforms in foreign policy, defense and border patrols to win over disenchanted citizens.The stakes are high. “If one more nation leaves, the EU is likely over,” said another.But the U.K. hasn’t left yet. Austrian Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling predicted in an interview earlier this week that five years from now the U.K. would still be in the EU.“When you look at all of those [companies] who want to move to the EU, it’s a wake-up call for Britain not to leave in the end,” he told German newspaper Handelsblatt.Only just over a third of caucus members think the U.K. will leave the EU completely, while 25 percent said Scotland would stay in the bloc but the rest of the U.K. would leave. “The single market is strong enough to avoid a substantial negative shock,” said one.“If EU enters a recession it will primarily be due to financial trouble in south of Europe rather than Brexit,” another said.London callingDespite dire predictions for the U.K. economy, 56 percent of those polled said that, two years from now, London will still be the world’s financial capital.“That isn’t to say its strength as a financial center won’t diminish,” said one participant. “It simply means that two years probably won’t be enough for London to lose top position.”“In 10 years time, I expect the balance to have tipped toward Frankfurt or possibly Paris,” said one.Another predicted fragmentation: “Euro trading to Frankfurt, back and mid offices to Central and Eastern Europe, hedge funds to Dublin or Paris (or Madrid), etc. We will have less concentration in one city.” Kaley Johnson contributed to this report. Also On POLITICO Insiders: UK’s misjudged reforms threaten EU By Vince Chadwick More than three-quarters of those surveyed said the U.K. should brace itself for a major economic slowdown as uncertainty hits “confidence, consumer spending and investment,” whereas they predicted the wider European economy will fare much better.Britain scored “an astonishingly avoidable own goal,” said one member of the caucus, all of whom spoke on condition their remarks not be individually attributed.“The uncertainty [while exit negotiations take place] will particularly hit the British services market, which is the strong point of the U.K. economy at the moment,” said one caucus member, adding that “anti-foreigner sentiment, if not kept in check, might persuade many skilled workers to leave the U.K.” Reports of hate crime in London are up by more than 50 percent since Britons voted by a margin of 52-48 percent to leave the EU, police figures show.Another caucus member said their organization was now in a holding pattern, waiting to see what arrangement Britain forges with the EU before changing their operations.“If [it’s] not an EEA relationship, then we will look to increase investment elsewhere in Europe,” they said, referring to membership in the European Economic Area, similar to that of Norway, which enjoys the free flow of EU goods, services and labor but must also adopt many EU laws without an official say in how these are made.“Germany as the economic heart of Europe will stabilize more and more the EU,” said one participant, who was among the 83 percent who said the bloc as a whole would avoid recession in the wake of Brexit.center_img “I am personally devastated by the result of the referendum,” wrote one. “But whatever my personal views, I think that any future U.K. government will not be able to go against the ‘will of the people.’”Another said Brexit is irreversible because “there are no clear pro-EU political forces to halt this process.”However, 27 percent thought Britain would agree to some kind of associate membership with the bloc and 11 percent thought Brexit simply would not happen.“The new British prime minister will have to trigger Article 50 after receiving some sort of authorization from the parliament,” said one participant. “The British Parliament will not authorize such a decision because I do not think that they will not be able to undertake the risk involved for their country. Just remember that convulsions of irrationality are not privy only of Greek Left and Right governments.”Internal Conservative Party politics is key. “If a good special deal is not forthcoming the U.K. may stay,” said another, “though the Tory leadership contest may force pledges.”Many in Brussels have never forgiven David Cameron’s 2013 promise to hold the EU referendum in the first place. “The costs of exit are too high, and as time goes by the people will realize that fact,” said one.Another, who believes the U.K. will ultimately stay, said: “It will take time, the body politic will have to change its mercurial mind.”Associate membership is the “most rational course of action,” one caucus member said. “Leave and remain at the same time.” Though that participant said such an outcome would be “possible only if emotions are brought under control and both the U.K. and the EU focus on making the best out of a very bad situation.”“Seems that things have to get worse before they can get better,” said one who offered a view of the U.K. as a to a sacrificial lamb that saves the European Union. “Only a Brexit with severe negative effects on the U.K. economy could trigger a stronger EU. However, given that the negotiations will take a long while, these negative effects might show up too late to avoid disintegration.”This article has been updated to correct the timing of David Cameron’s promise to hold the referendum.A full list of participants in the POLITICO Economic Caucus is here. Finance industry insiders still don’t think a full Brexit will actually happen.Only 37 percent of participants in POLITICO’s Economic Caucus, which surveyed an elite group of 63 business and economic leaders, said that Britain will exit the European Union following the June 23 referendum. An overwhelming majority said the U.K. won’t cut its ties altogether — a finding that reflects the finance community’s optimism, delusion or a little of both.Britain will suffer much more than the rest of the Continent and will fall into recession following the referendum, said the caucus, which includes EU ambassadors, European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and OECD and European Central Bank economists.last_img read more

Determined to Save His Country’s Water Supply, 26-Year-old Has Revived 10 Lakes From a Polluted Mess

first_img“I had been talking to the kids in the village back then and even they felt that they had to do something about the dying water resources,” Tanwar told NDTV. “When they tried talking to their parents, the adults refused to believe that there could be any such thing as ‘lack of water.’”Tanwar began traveling from house to house in order to teach the residents about the critical condition of local water supplies. He recruited his fellow students to gather villagers together for weekly classes so they could discuss how to resuscitate their lakes and rivers.LOOK: This Simple Solution for Pollution Kept 815 Pounds of Trash Out of the Water–Your City Can Do it TooAs Tanwar’s teachings began to inspire more and more people, they collectively started hauling all of the trash out of their water supplies and planting tree saplings around the water’s perimeter in order to protect the shoreline – and the trees are apparently still flourishing today.In order to prevent any more trash from ending up in the water, Tanwar and his crew installed double water filtration systems made of wood and grass. He also urged local fish farmers to bring in aquatic bottom feeders so they could eat up the smaller bits of particle waste and keep the water clean.MORE: Totally Green Machine That Uses Biowaste to Generate Clouds for Clean Water Wins $1.75 Million XPrizeSince Tanwar began his “Jal Chaupal” clean-up efforts in India five years ago, he has helped to revive 10 lakes across the region, and his initiative has sparked conservation efforts in over 50 villages.Inspired by his success, the government of Uttar Pradesh launched separate “Groundwater Army” conservation groups in each district of the state – and they hired Tanwar as the program’s coordinator.Since the government doesn’t have much funding, Tanwar admits that he is often forced to pay out of pocket for various expenses and supplies for the program.He is also works 6 days a week from dusk till nighttime—but he says that he doesn’t mind the long hours or meager salary; he is simply excited to continue his conservation efforts so he can protect India’s water.Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis 26-year-old engineer could not bear to see his country’s rivers and lakes plagued by drought and pollution – so he decided to do something about it.Ramveer Tanwar had just been finishing up his final year of university in 2013 when he became concerned over the state of his home village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The region had experienced 13 droughts in just 15 years, and the local communities were suffering as a result.Even though many of the older villagers were oblivious to the seriousness of the situation, Tanwar felt compelled to take action and galvanized his younger peers to make a change.last_img read more

Groves police blotter and calls from Nov. 27–Dec. 3

first_img Next UpNov. 29Theft of a firearm from a vehicle was reported in the 5600 block of Hogaboom.A 55-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 6000 block of Monroe/5900 block of Monroe.A 33-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6400 block of Madison after a call in reference to a disturbance.Nov. 30Cruelty to non-livestock animals was reported in the 6600 block of 32nd Street.Injury to child, elderly or disabled individual report was processed.Dec. 1An assault-assault family violence report was processed in the 2600 block of Twin City Highway.Theft of approximately $600 was reported in the 5800 block of West Jefferson. Dec. 2A 9MM purple and black SCCY CPX-2 was taken from a white KIA Soul without the owner’s consent and was reported in the 2400 block of Little John.A vicious dog was reported to the police station at 4201 Main Avenue.A 40-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled substance in the 3300 block of West Parkway, while on a traffic stop.A 32-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6000 block of Gulfway Drive after a traffic stop.An informational report was processed.Dec. 3A 21-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants and the driver was issued citation for traffic offenses in the 6700 block of 32nd Street after a traffic stop. Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 130Offense reports filed — 19Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 4Nov. 27Burglary of a building was reported in the 1200 block of Wilson Avenue, Port Neches.A back door was damaged and reported in the 3200 block of Charles Avenue.Front door appeared to have been pried open with a pry bar and the strike plates on the door frame damaged in the 7000 block of Terrell Street.last_img read more

U.N. condemns spate of “brutal” sexual attacks in South Sudan

first_imgSouth Sudan Stalemate The United Nations condemned on Sunday a wave of “brutal” sexual attacks on women and girls in the northern town of Bentiu in South Sudan which took place in what it described as a government controlled area of the region.On Friday, the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that unknown gunmen have raped 125 women during a 10-day spree of violence in Bentiu, but local officials disputed the report.South Sudan has suffered a wrenching five-year civil war and, despite a fragile peace accord signed two months ago by the government and rebel groups, remains riven with ethnic grievances and awash with weapons. Civilians from rival groups bear the brunt of the violence and cycle of revenge.The U.N. mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said approximately 125 women and girls have sought medical treatment after having been raped or sexually assaulted as they walked along roads near Nhialdu and Guit on their way to Bentiu and that victims reported the attacks as having been carried out by young men in civilian clothing or military uniforms. They were also beaten and robbed, it said.“The violent assaults happened in a Government-controlled area,” David Shearer, the head of the U.N. mission, said in a statement. “UNMISS peacekeepers have immediately sent patrols to the area to provide a protective presence and our human rights team has launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators.”Shearer added, “the mission is also urging armed forces in the area to guarantee command and control over their troops to ensure rogue elements within their ranks are not involved in these criminal acts.”Related Sudan opens border with South Sudancenter_img UNHCR condemns attack on South Sudan refugee settlementlast_img read more