Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban Struggle Persists as Ryan Connerty Becomes Mayor

 
The Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban is a local law that defines sleeping at night as "camping" and prescribes a $97 fine for falling asleep outside a house or hotel within City limits. Using one's vehicle as housing is illegal, even though the city provides no alternatives. Since there's shelter space in winter for only 160 of the city's 1500-2000 homeless residents, the law in effect makes it a crime to be homeless at night, unless you stay awake.

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