Berkeley to Evict RV Homeless Camp from Marina Parking Lot Next Week

The Berkeley City Manager’s plan to evict the vehicle camp was stopped today, but the city council failed to extend a one month reprieve.

By Darwin BondGraham

Several dozen homeless families and individuals who reside in RVs and cars in a Berkeley marina parking lot were hoping to be allowed to stay for at least one more month, but their hopes were dashed this morning when the Berkeley City Council failed to approve a last-minute reprieve.

After the city council failed to provide the one-month stay, some residents of the camp cried…(more)


Scooter crash with serious injuries revives calls for boardwalk ban A man rides a motorized scooter in San Diego

By David Garrick : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt

A man whose daughter and ex-wife suffered serious injuries in a scooter crash over the weekend lobbied San Diego City Council members on Tuesday to revive a scooter boardwalk ban they rejected last month.

“The beach boardwalk is not an appropriate place for such high-speed, non-regulated motorized scooters,” said Dan Dewitt, predicting that more serious injuries will happen unless the city cracks down.

Council members on May 22 rejected a proposed ban on using motorized scooters anywhere on the boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and La Jolla. The council vote was 6-3…

Dewitt’s daughter and ex-wife lost control of their rented scooter on Saturday while trying to weave through pedestrians on the Mission Beach boardwalk near Santa Barbara Place, just north of the community’s iconic roller coaster.

His daughter, 11, suffered a ruptured spleen, abdominal bleeding and a head injury, Dewitt said. Her mother fractured her skull in multiple places, he said.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 17 years and these injuries are worse than most automobile accidents that I’ve responded to,” said Dewitt, who lives in Arizona and rushed to San Diego after the crash involving his family… (more)

Serious injuries are not sufficient data to ban a vehicle from sidewalks? How many injuries will it take to hit the data target?