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Chief: Camping ordinance working

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

ATASCADERO ó Atascadero Police Chief Jerel Haley addressed the city council at a meeting last week to provide an update on the cityís expanded camping ordinance and the effects itís having on the local

homeless population.

Police requested an expansion to the cityís original camping ordinance to make it more enforceable after receiving an overwhelming amount of complaints from the public about homeless people camping illegally, littering, causing fights and panhandling aggressively.

The expanded ordinance was rolled out at the same time that the city approved the El Camino Homeless Organizationís shelter as the official homeless shelter of the city, giving people an alternative to sleeping on the streets, Haley said. The expanded ordinance also contained a provision requiring officers to issue warnings before pursuing

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