More than a year ago Mayor Tom Bates decided that we could no longer smoke, panhandle or unroll our sleeping bags on the streets of Berkeley, but things (as you can tell) have yet to really change. Disgruntled shop owners have been grumbling about the “crowded and dirty sidewalks and inappropriate or threatening street behavior” (apparently this is a kinder way of saying sidewalk squatting, aggressive panhandling, smoking, and doing one’s … business).

The Mayor’s “Public Commons for Everyone Initiative,” basically says that Berkeley’s undocumented residents should either find a home or go to jail and, uh, contemplate finding one. But there’s a trade-off: more street patrolling and citations means more free stuff for those who call the streets their home sweet home, in the form of public toilets and beds. So that’s where our meter money goes …

Hey, also, did you know the Street Spirit has its own Website?

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Panda said:
Dec 4, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Seriously. Get these bums off the street. Need moar room for Pandas.

dumb adn dumber said:
Dec 6, 2008 at 2:08 am

Street Spirit has its own Website?