Judge Bars Sacramento Encampment Sweeps

Advocates for unhoused people are calling on the city and county to provide more resources for supportive housing, open more cooling centers, and build more shelter beds.

2 minute read

August 7, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

A federal judge ruled that Sacramento can’t displace unhoused residents living in encampments until at least the end of August, reports Melanie Wingo for KCRA. “As part of its rationale for the ruling, the court made note of the Sacramento area's summertime temperatures.”

The ruling came in response to an action filed by the California Homeless Union. “Every time the city, either through the police, or code enforcement, or utilities department, breaks up an encampment, they exile people into the streets and areas away from where they had some means of protection,” said Anthony Prince, CHU lead organizer and general counsel. 

In addition to calling for more resources to place people in permanent supportive housing and make more affordable housing available to low-income residents, “The California Homeless Union also asked the court to require Sacramento County to open more cooling centers and extend cooling center hours.The judge did not do that, according to Prince.”

The city disputes the assertion that it has been conducting sweeps. According to a statement from the city, they “will be back before the court when the injunction expires in order to ‘inform the Court that it has not been sweeping encampments and welcomes the opportunity to continue to clarify its position and unhoused protocols – especially surrounding critical infrastructure — and to explore solutions with community partners.’”

Meanwhile, an article by Theresa Clift in the Sacramento Bee relates that “The Sacramento City Council could pull or alter a measure it placed on the November ballot that would force the city to provide more shelter for homeless residents, according to the lead proponent for the initiative.” The same article notes that roughly 9,287 people experience homelessness nightly in Sacramento, twice as many as in January 2019.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in KCRA

Black and white Rideshare Pick-Up Zone sign

The Slow Death of Ride Sharing

From the beginning, TNCs like Lyft and Uber touted shared rides as their key product. Now, Lyft is ending the practice.

June 1, 2023 - Human Transit

Red on white 'Room for Rent, Inquire Inside' sign

In Most U.S. Cities, Archaic Laws Limit Roommate Living

Critics argue laws preventing unrelated adults from living in the same home fail to understand the modern American household.

May 24, 2023 - The Atlantic

Vancouver Chuck Wolfe

Ten Signs of a Resurgent Downtown

In GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe continues his exploration of a holistic and practical approach to post-pandemic urban center recovery, anchored in local context and community-driven initiatives that promote livability, safety, and sustainability.

May 24, 2023 - GeekWire

Self-driving Mercedes semi truck on highway with white semi truck behind it

California Moves to Limit Autonomous Trucks

A bill passed by the State Assembly and moving on to the Senate would require autonomous semi trucks to have a trained human operator in the vehicle.

June 2 - The Sacramento Bee

Minnesota state capitol building with red flowers on green front lawn

Minnesota Budget Includes Significant Transit Investments

After a contentious debate, the state legislature passed a budget that changes how transportation projects are funded and supports increased transit service in the state.

June 2 - Governing

A vacant lot between two one-story brick buildings with graffiti in Detroit, Michigan

Proposed Land Value Tax Plan in Detroit

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan proposes hiking property taxes for vacant land and buildings while lowering the rate for occupied homes and businesses in a split tax plan he contends will resolve many of Detroit's blight and high property tax woes.

June 2 - The Detroit News

Project Manager III

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

UDO Transportation Planner

City of Charlotte - Charlotte Area Transit

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.