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Golden Hall Likely Spot For San Diego’s Winter Shelter


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The city’s winter homeless shelter will likely stay in downtown San Diego this year. The city council gave initial approval Friday to a site just steps from City Hall.

— The city’s winter homeless shelter will likely stay in downtown San Diego this year. The city council gave initial approval Friday to a site just steps from City Hall.

The city council has given the preliminary go ahead to put the winter shelter in Golden Hall, just across the courtyard from the San Diego Civic Theater. The council reached the compromise after repeatedly deadlocking 4-to-4 on other possible locations.

The council will consider a final proposal for the site on November 3rd. Council President Ben Hueso was happy with the decision.

“I think some of the challenges are not insurmountable. I think we can solve these problems. I think the actions before us will allow staff to go back and give us a plan that will be in compliance with the law,” he said.

The city would have to relocate several events already scheduled for Golden Hall this winter. Councilman Kevin Faulconer was the lone vote against the site. He said he couldn’t support putting the shelter in downtown again. His district includes downtown, which has been home to the shelter for the past several years.

“(We need to start) addressing homelessness in other parts of the city and in other neighborhoods that need the same type of help,” he said.

A recent survey found there around about 1,000 homeless people living in downtown.

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laplayaheritage | October 22, 2010 at 4:32 p.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Golden Hall will be the location for Winter Homeless Shelter for two years. The City Council also at Councilman Tony Young's request, unanimously voted for CCDC and the Redevelopment Agency to fund $75,00 in housing vouchers for hotel rooms for families during inclement weather city-wide.

The idea and motion for Golden Hall as the chosen location came from Councilmember Carl DeMaio.

In 2004, Golden Hall was scheduled to close and shut down for good. Later the City's Real Estate Assets Department fired the Unions workers from working at Golden Hall.

At the last election in June the Democratic Party and Unions workers Boycotted the venue. The Democratic Party refused to go to Golden Hall during Election night due to their broken promise with the Unions to shut down the public venue.

The City's Real Estate Assets department is still renting out conference space in Golden Hall mainly for the Naturalization Ceremonies, Professional Engineering Boards, State Bar Exams, etc.

A better alternative would be go give everyone an upgrade, and move the scheduled conferences to our beautiful NTC/Liberty Station Conference and Convention Center, and the NTC Promenade and Officer quarters. The people who scheduled the conference and/or conventions at Golden Hall will have an improvement at the same equal low price. The City can also start using our NTC/Liberty Station Conference center to establish ownership for little or no costs, 50 percent of the time, as was envisioned as part of the CDP from the CCC.

If the people do not want the Liberty Station/NTC upgrade, we could give them space at our bayfront San Diego Convention Center or at Balboa Park. Carl DeMaio is an advocate for the Homeless in downtown, and forced CCDC to including funding for seven Portland Loo bathrooms in downtown in this year's budget. Last year, Mr. DeMaio added Golden Hall, and the parking lot at the County Administration Building as potential locations for the Emergency Winter Shelter.

From October 7, 2009

"Councilmember Carl DeMaio wondered why the city couldn’t use Golden Hall, located in the Civic Center, to serve as a reminder to city officials of the need for a permanent shelter site.”

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