Note: this is from recollection, & I haven't verified any of it since my focus is elsewhere. If anyone sees errors please feel free to point them out, in comments or email.
- This is basically the same effort as was made in the late 1990s.
- After that ordinance was struck down, a committee - made up of (only?) Nevada City business owners, some quite conservative - studied the issue and put out a ~30-page report, the gist of which was that the solution already existed, in the form of existing laws. (Stephen's letter in the agenda packet quotes extensively from that report, and reproduces its recommendations verbatim.)
- So why is the issue coming up again? Several things are different now. The problem area has shifted - was previously N.Pine&Spring, now it's Commercial St. (where there's greater density of businesses - Ed.). The bad economy means stores are hurting. Plus the loiterers are mostly not our community's kids anymore, it's more homeless people.
- Enforcement would presumably be selective, aimed at perceived undesirables. (Perceptions can be deceiving, as any Hospitality House volunteer can tell you. - Ed.)
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