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Roundtable: Decriminalizing Homelessness

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San Diego repeals vehicle habitation ordinance

The San Diego City Council voted this week to end a local ordinance that bans people from living in vehicles. Critics say the 35-year-old law was no longer appropriate for today’s climate of rising homelessness. A federal judge recently ordered the city to stop ticketing people who sleep in their vehicles after advocates for the disabled filed a lawsuit.

RELATED: San Diego’s Overnight Parking Laws Hit Homeless Hard

Congress to review Veterans Affairs medical center research

Rep. Scott Peters says a house subcommittee is likely to hold a hearing on human research done at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. A doctor who is no longer with the VA is accused of conducting medically dangerous and unnecessary procedures on patients to collect samples for an unrelated study. inewsource broke the story last fall and talked with the two whistleblowers who brought the issue to light.

RELATED: ‘Oozing with blood’ – Congress to hold hearing on San Diego VA human research

Lawsuit over police transparency law

This week, a San Diego judge granted a request by several police unions to halt the release of misconduct records. The unions are challenging a new state law that would grant public access to records on shootings, sexual assault investigations and incidents of lying by law enforcement. At issue is whether the new law applies only to new incidents, or can be applied retroactively.

RELATED: Montgomery Outlines Plans To Improve Police-Community Relations


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