Map by Nate John

Note: This map aims to demonstrate the effects of the proposed ordinance but may not be comprehensive. If you have suggestions or corrections, email

Downtown City Councilman Stephen Whitburn and Mayor Todd Gloria are rallying behind a controversial plan to rid city sidewalks of homeless camps.  

On June 13, the City Council will vote on Whitburn’s proposed ordinance banning camping when shelter is available – and at all times within two blocks of schools and homeless shelters, and also along waterways and at transit hubs. 

Update: The San Diego City Council on June 13 approved a version of the ordinance that calls for parks to be covered by the ban only if the city determines “there is a significant public health and safety risk” and signs are posted. City officials didn’t immediately state which parks would be covered.

Voice of San Diego created a map of what that would look like in downtown. The map also includes communities immediately surrounding downtown. We also wrote about the potential impact on longtime homeless service hub East Village – and the hundreds of unhoused people who now live there – and the potential impact on neighborhoods near the area where unsheltered people might relocate to avoid enforcement. 

You can review a full list of city-funded shelters here.  

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  1. They need to leave them where they’re at so they don’t go into other areas the areas on the map that have them can keep them they should’ve never let it happen to begin with !

    1. Nah they need to go into your area so you can deal with what downtown has had going on. These homeless are not from San Diego. They’re abusing our lax laws. Times up.

      1. 😊Nobody wants them…but it’s definitely someone else’s turn to host them. We pay taxes in East Village, and the Gaslamp, too.

  2. I sure hope that the gaps in the map are just GIS problems. If not, thanks for creating a nice homeless camping row on C street. 🙁

  3. San Diego County homeless Union we will not tolerate this BS from the city council of San Diego California on Homeless Survival Camping Ban

  4. Headline next week
    “Real estate values immediately jump 10% in BCA – banned camping areas.”

  5. I say that anyone who wants to label humans who are living in the creation however blessed can kiss our booty maybe we trust and greedy I need a house and a car and all this materialistic stuff maybe some people should get off the high horse get over themselves and realize that the only thing that makes any of us homeless is the fact that you all for the government and the government themselves taken the creation the land a piece of land that even you will never own because you’re paying taxes so they took the creation the land and that’s the problem for instance how about are you going to be willing to pay for the air your breathing cuz that’s what it’s coming to so some people need to snap into reality and stop being scared

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