Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones, Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, El Cajon Major Bill Wells, and others discuss bill to compassionately clear homeless encampments



Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego)

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells

Senate Minority Caucus Chair Janet Nguyen (R-Huntington Beach)

Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa)

Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)

Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta)

Brett Boman, Homeless Advocate


Jones will promote his bipartisan measure Senate Bill 31, which prohibits homeless encampments near the sensitive community areas of schools, daycare centers, parks, and libraries. Additionally, the bill requires enforcement officers to give a 72-hour notice before a sweep, and requires enforcement officers to provide information about sleeping alternatives, homeless and mental health services, and homeless shelters. Over 2,000 Californians have signed a petition in support of SB 31.

The measure is up for hearing in the California Senate Public Safety Committee following the press conference at 9:30am in the Swing Space Building, 1021 O Street, Room 2200.                   


Swing Space Building, 1021 O Street, Room 6010

Sacramento, CA, 94814


Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 8:15am.

Leader Jones will be available for interviews and additional questions after the press conference.

Media interested in an interview with Leader Jones following the press conference, please contact Nina Krishel by email or phone (818) 274-4305.


California has 30% of the nation’s homeless population yet only makes up less than 12% of the U.S. total population. Sadly, California’s homelessness crisis has become a public health and safety crisis. Modeled after a recent measure passed by the City of Los Angeles, Leader Jones’s bipartisan bill will help compassionately clear encampments and help connect homeless individuals to services they desperately need. SB 31 specifically protects sensitive community areas closest to our most vulnerable population—our children who go to schools and daycare centers, play in parks, and read books at libraries.

The bipartisan SB 31 is principal coauthored by Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and coauthored by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks), Janet Nguyen (R-Huntington Beach), Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa), Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta), and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). Click here for the SB 31 fact sheet.