The California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee is having a first hearing tomorrow regarding The Right to Rest Act (SB 608) which was introduced to the California State Senate early last month by California State Senator Carol Liu.
SB 608 aims to decriminalize homelessness. The act proposes all Californians be free to move, sleep, eat, perform religious observations and occupy a legally parked vehicle in public without being subject to harassment or criminal sanctions.
Mark Ryavec, President of the Venice Stakeholders Association writes in a letter to Senator Beall opposing SB 608 saying it “offers no increase in welfare benefits, no housing, no counseling, no transportation, no treatment and no more ease in committing mentally ill homeless to custody, so it does nothing to address the fundamental problems of the homeless…”
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