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Despite a known lack of shelter space, San Diego may soon resume ticketing those sleeping on the city's streets.

Under the terms of a legal settlement in 2007, the city was ordered by a federal judge to halt issuing illegal lodging citations to people sleeping on city streets at night. However, as a condition of the unanimous decision by the City Council to move forward with a $31 million service and housing center for 225 people, ticketing may soon be a reality. Last winter it was estimated that there were more than 4,500 homeless people living in San Diego.

Tell San Diego's City Council to focus on getting the new shelter built as quickly and smoothly as possible instead of issuing tickets to those left with little choice but to sleep on the streets.

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Letter to
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner
San Diego Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer
and 6 others
San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria
San Diego Councilmember Tony Young
San Diego Councilmember Carl DeMaio
San Diego Councilmember Donna Frye
San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald
San Diego Council President Ben Hueso
I applaud the city council's unanimous decision to construct a new homeless shelter for 255 people, but it makes little sense to issue tickets to those sleeping on the streets, who likely have nowhere else to sleep, and clearly have no way to pay.

It is understandable that the city would want to encourage its homeless residents to fill every available bed space and discourage sleeping on city streets. The sad reality is that there is not enough space — the new shelter is not expected to be completed until the end of 2012 and, as of last winter, there were more than 4,500 homeless people living in San Diego.

Sleeping is a basic human right, not a crime. Please focus on getting the new shelter built as quickly and smoothly as possible instead of issuing tickets to those left with little choice but to sleep on San Diego's streets.