Is living in a van a crime? If you answered "No!" keep reading!
The San Diego City Council is meeting Tuesday May 14, to discuss the mayor's proposed vehicle habitation ordinance. The item is scheduled to be discussed in the afternoon session starting at 2:00 pm PDT.
The mayor has introduced this ordinance as "Emergency" which allows the City Council to enact the ruling immediately, without a public comment period! So the time is now to voice our concerns!
Our Founder, Breanne Acio (@theladiesvan), will be onsite as a representative for the vanlife community, to fight for the protection of our lifestyle. If you want to participate, please join us at San Diego City Hall (202 C St, 12th floor).
Can't make it? Then help us tell the City Council how we feel! PLEASE, send an email and call the SD City Council members, we have even included an easy to copy/paste email below for you to share!
Thank you for your continued support!
The Vanlife App Team
- Meeting Agenda: http://bit.ly/Council_meeting_agenda
- Proposed Ordinance Language: http://bit.ly/vehiclehabitationordinance
If you need some help on what to say, just use the wording below:
To: [masked], [masked], [masked], [masked], [masked], [masked], [masked], [masked], [masked]
Subject: Vanlife is not a crime!
Message: Dear Council Member,
I am writing you because I am extremely concerned about the unethical, unconstitutional and inhumane Vehicle Habitation Ordinance on which you will be voting tomorrow, Tuesday May 14, 2019. As a concerned citizen and resident, I believe this bill is illogical and reactive, without necessary research and data to reasonably foresee the negative impact it will have on tens of thousands of lives in San Diego, houseless as well as housed.
I am asking you to vote NO on this proposed ordinance for three primary reasons: (1) proper programs must be in place to safeguard the massive houseless population before forcing them out of shelter (vehicles) with no alternative; (2) it will have a negative impact on my quality of life by turning recreational activities my family enjoys into criminal activities after a certain time (e.g., pulling up to Mission Bay in our campervan to cook dinner, play games, and enjoy the sound of the water); (3) The law does not address the movement of digital nomads, who are generally middle class, but live in their homes on wheels (Campervans), and whom contribute to our community the same way other welcomed visitors do; and (4) with more time and research, our community can come up with less devastating ways to fix the problems that certain, high-income, neighborhoods have.
The proposed Vehicle Habitation Ordinance will only cause the city more money (lawsuits) and more problems. There are more sustainable and less devastating solutions. This ordinance is reactive and discriminatory toward an already underserved population, and it will have unseen consequences for residents, as well. Please reject the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance.
A Concerned Citizen