For several months, there has been speculation that there appears to be a sharp increase in the number of homeless people across the county.
Today the numbers are finally out. The Regional Task Force on Homelessness, an annual counting group, reports that since 2020, the number of homeless has increased by 10 percent and the number of street homelessness has increased by 3 percent.
But as reported by Lisa Halverstadtother figures – and even the task force itself – suggest that the 8,427 homeless people counted in late February represent a minimum number rather than a complete picture of the homeless in the region.
For example, Halverstadt reports that other task force data show that more than 21,000 people gained access to temporary housing or interacted with outreach workers from October 2020 to September 2021. And another set of task force data shows that more people have become homeless for the first time in two years.
Related: I wonder how the homeless crisis is going in your area? Here’s a breakdown of the number the number of homeless residents is estimated throughout San Diego County.
In the Northern District, Oceanside now has the largest number of homeless homeless people, replacing Escondido.
The latest figures from the homeless census show that the number of homeless people in Escandide has fallen by more than 30 percent and in Oceanside by more than 30 percent.
He said he said in support of gun owners
This weekend in the Politics Report (you should become a donor to the Voice of San Diego and get the goods!) we covered a curious controversy between Dave Myers, who is running for sheriff, and PAC gun owners San Diego.
The PAC of gun owners had previously supported Myers, but this time decided to support Sheriff Kelly Martinez. After that, Myers began criticizing Martinez for indulging “her gun lobby,” particularly the PAC of gun owners and their opposition to local rules trying to control the proliferation of ghost weapons.
But PAC Executive Director of Weapon Owners Michael Schwartz told us that Myers was aggressively seeking the approval of gun owners even after they filed a lawsuit to stop local rules regarding ghost weapons.
Myers denied this and said he was only asking for Schwartz’s personal financial support for his company, not PAC approval from gun owners.
After the work ran: Myers continued to claim that Schwartz was lying. He told us that gun owners are clearly requiring candidates who want to get their approval to fill out a questionnaire and meet with the group.
“Did Schwartz give the completed questionnaire any documents he even offered me to fill out, and the dates of the meeting with his board members? NO, ”Myers wrote in a message to us.
Schwartz replied that they did not need a new questionnaire, and he told Myers when he asked for approval in December.
“He knows (and knew) that we are not asking people to fill out a questionnaire a second time. We have never had one, ”Schwartz said. “It was his instability (due to the lack of a better term) that scared the Rada away from him. Not his views on weapons. “
Chula Vista is postponing new landlord-tenant rules
After a marathon meeting on Tuesday night, the Chula Vista City Council decided to consider a couple of decrees aimed at imposing stricter rules on evictions and returns with more information and possible revisions.
As noted by the “Union-Tribune”, the first of two proposals would have temporarily hindered the landlords from evicting tenants from their homes for substantial repairs. A similar ban on what is known as “No guilt” eviction in San Diego will take effect on Sunday.
Chula Vista’s proposal required four votes, but only three city council members were present. Andrea Cardenas did not appear, and John McCann dropped the case because he possessed several properties. An alternative proposal would limit the reasons why a landlord may terminate a tenant’s contract.
Tenants and activists said the rules were needed to protect them from harassment and gaps in state law, citing a couple of examples. Property owners called the proposals extreme and burdensome, arguing the problem is not common.
Both proposals are expected to be discussed in July.
In other news
Correction: Previous version «Morning report: Volunteers from Southwest America under criminal investigation”Incorrectly stated how much SDG & E is proposing to raise rates between 2023 and 2024. That’s almost a 19 percent increase. It also had the wrong name Mitch Mitchell. He is the Senior Vice President for Diversity and Community at Sempra.
This morning’s report was written by Lisa Halverstadt, Jesse Marx, Will Huntsbury, Scott Lewis and Andrea Lopez-Vilafania.