The city of San Diego is being sued, by people living on the street. Ten homeless San Diegans have filed a class action lawsuit saying the city's encroachment code is unconstitutional. The encroachment law prohibits putting objects in the public's right-of-way, something that's hard to avoid if you're living on the street. It was initially enacted to address the placement of trash dumpsters.
The group says they are being unfairly targeted, and punished because they're homeless. People who live downtown disagree, saying if their lawsuit is successful, even more people will be sleeping in the streets. They say the lawsuit doesn't address the actual problem, which is the chronically homeless who suffer from mental disorders, or alcohol and drug abuse.
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