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Coverage of Encinitas homeless lot dispute deepens controversy

A screen capture shows the headline of a Beachgrit story that stirred controversy in Encinitas in February. (Beachgrit story page)
March 13, 2020
An article in an Australian surf culture website recently sparked greater community tensions in Encinitas over the already contentious Safe Parking Program.

Group files complaint against Encinitas over lot for homeless

Encinitas City Hall. (NCC file photo)
March 12, 2020
North County Citizens Coalition recently filed a complaint in Superior Court against the city of Encinitas over the approval of a parking lot for the homeless.

EDITORIAL: Encinitas effort to help homeless is not a ‘big city’ issue

January 24, 2020
There are legitimate reasons to debate the implementation of Jewish Family Service’s parking lot program — the Encinitas City Council’s procedures and motives; the stipulations of a state grant program; the concerns over safety, health, proper facilities and vetting of parking lot users. But for some in the community, it’s been a last straw of some kind.

Encinitas council OKs parking lot for homeless after lengthy session

Encinitas City Hall. (NCC file photo)
January 23, 2020
Encinitas City Council members approved a Safe Parking Program lot early Thursday, Jan. 23, for homeless people who live in their cars.

Season of giving: Local agencies prepare to help those in need

Volunteers help in the Encinitas-based Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets drive at the Del Mar Fairgrounds last year. (Community Resource Center photo)
November 21, 2014

The holiday season is a time to come together with family, but it is also a time to reach out and support those who are less fortunate. There are many donation drop-offs and food collection drives across...

Fewer homeless, but more to the story

May 1, 2013

A verse in Matthew reminds us that “you will have the poor with you always” – the gospel writer is probably referring to the homeless, too. Even though a great many goodhearted people try to make...

The homeless count, no matter how bad the weather is

February 1, 2013

I was the wheel man, Betsy navigated. We drove and peered through the steady flop of the windshield wipers, looking for the homeless in the dark, and with little success. It was a cold and rainy...

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