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New Palo Alto proposal for “government regulation of sleeping”

From: Eric D.
Sent on: Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:55 AM

New Palo Alto proposal for “government regulation of sleeping”

Palo Alto is proposing that anyone who sleeps in their car without “registering” in “approved” hypothetical (nonexistent) volunteer locations each and every day, be cited, and either show up in court or pay a fine to the city.

The ordinance would also regulate the amount of charity that private property owners can give - It would limit the number of people you could have sleeping over at your own home or business.

So even your own relatives could not stay over at your own home without being cited, if you had a family gathering that was too large.

People affected include nomadic Native Americans, Gypsies, elderly people taking a nap, Grateful Dead followers, those with a mental illness, etc.

Especially hard hit would be people who just lost their job and had their home foreclosed on, and must live out of their car until they find another job, or sleep on the street (Palo Alto has no homeless shelter anywhere near the area).

The argument given by the anti-Libertarian proponents of this ordinance argue that adjacent cities have such an ordinance, so these “undesirables” are migrating to Palo Alto.

I am suggesting a “compromise” solution that the outrageousness of the proposal be ignored, and instead a focus be placed on getting the adjacent cities to repeal their own ordinances, taking the pressure off Palo Alto politicians to get rid of these “undesirables”.

Mountainview, next to Palo Alto, has a Libertarian mayor, John Inks. The Libertarian party should implore Mr. Inks to ask Palo Alto to table the proposal until the possibility of repeal of the Mountainview ordinance can be considered.

Eric John Diesel -


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