FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2022
Senator Brian Jones, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, city councilmembers, school board members, law enforcement officials, representatives of non-profits, special district board members and others announce a new bill tackling the homelessness crisis in San Diego and California
Community leaders including Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee), former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Escondido City Councilmembers Joe Garcia and Mike Morasco, Escondido Union High School District Board Member Dane White, Escondido Union School Board Member Joan Gardner, Rincon Del Diablo Water Board Member Jim Murtland, representatives of the East County Transitional Living Center, and the Interfaith Community Services and law enforcement officials and others.
Jones will announce a new bill that he plans to introduce on the first day of the next legislative session, December 5, 2022. Stakeholders and supporters of the bill will also attend and speak about the benefits of this proposed new policy.
Jones’s bill will prohibit homeless encampments near sensitive community areas such as schools, parks, libraries, and day-care centers. Additionally, the bill requires enforcement officers to provide information about sleeping alternatives, homeless and mental health services, and homeless shelters.
Draft language of the bill will be distributed at the press conference.
Grape Day Park, 321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
TODAY – Friday, September 23, 2022, 10:00am.
Jones will be available after the press conference for interviews and additional questions.
Homelessness in San Diego shot up 10 percent in the last year and is skyrocketing across the state. Sadly, California’s homelessness crisis has turned into a public health and public safety crisis. Modeled after a recent measure passed by the City of Los Angeles, Jones’s bill will help compassionately clear encampments and help connect homeless individuals to services they desperately need. Jones’s bill specifically protects sensitive community areas closest to our most vulnerable population—our children who go to school and day-care centers, play in parks, and read books at libraries.
Senator Brian W. Jones was elected to the California State Senate in 2018 representing the 38th Senate District which includes Alpine, Escondido, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Borrego Springs, and parts of the City of San Diego.