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    Default Bright San Diego Activist Wants Couch Potatoes On Benches To Keep Homeless Moving

    This genious should run for the Fort Lauderdale City Council...

    Bench-Warmers Sought To Block Homeless

    SAN DIEGO -A community activist thinks a few couch potatoes, strategically placed on sidewalk benches in an upscale shopping district, will keep transients on their feet and on the move.

    Esther Viti, who oversees the donation of public benches for a merchants' association in La Jolla, sent an e-mail to 45 other activists last week asking them to sit in three-hour shifts, no bathroom breaks allowed.

    "After all, you MUST OCCUPY THAT BENCH continually for three hours to prevent that homeless person from sitting on that bench," the e-mail said.

    Donors weren't happy that transients were sleeping on benches they had provided for the public, Viti said.

    The group previously tried installing benches with metal dividers that split the seats. Transients simply began sleeping upright, said Deborah Marengo, president of Promote La Jolla.

    No one has offered to sit a shift yet, Viti said. Some potential recruits expressed concern that the bench brigade could provoke retaliation from displaced transients.

    In 2006, the Regional Task Force on Homeless estimated the homeless population at 9,600 countywide, which included 4,400 people within the city of San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    This genious should run for the Fort Lauderdale City Council...

    Bench-Warmers Sought To Block Homeless

    SAN DIEGO -A community activist thinks a few couch potatoes, strategically placed on sidewalk benches in an upscale shopping district, will keep transients on their feet and on the move.

    Esther Viti, who oversees the donation of public benches for a merchants' association in La Jolla, sent an e-mail to 45 other activists last week asking them to sit in three-hour shifts, no bathroom breaks allowed.

    "After all, you MUST OCCUPY THAT BENCH continually for three hours to prevent that homeless person from sitting on that bench," the e-mail said.

    Donors weren't happy that transients were sleeping on benches they had provided for the public, Viti said.

    The group previously tried installing benches with metal dividers that split the seats. Transients simply began sleeping upright, said Deborah Marengo, president of Promote La Jolla.

    No one has offered to sit a shift yet, Viti said. Some potential recruits expressed concern that the bench brigade could provoke retaliation from displaced transients.

    In 2006, the Regional Task Force on Homeless estimated the homeless population at 9,600 countywide, which included 4,400 people within the city of San Diego.

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    They tried the metal or iron dividers down here in New Orleans. Then the homeless set up a tent city in a park right across the street from city hall!

    Next, Mayor Nagin (of CHOCOLATE city) had them removed so they could demolish some old building, not they are relegated to living under the overpass. There have been more missions opening up with many beds, but they have rules. Some homeless would rather stay on the street than follow the rules. Others can't follow the curfew because they actually work the graveyard shift. We ought to be able to come to a compromise for those individuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    SAN DIEGO -[I]A community activist thinks a few couch potatoes, strategically placed on sidewalk benches in an upscale shopping district, will keep transients on their feet and on the move.
    I saw that story. Yeah, evidently La Jolla has had problems with the homeless taking over those benches. They basically start living there. La Jolla is a ritzy, up-scale part of town right on the beach here.

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