Mayor Todd Gloria speaks in City Council Chambers in downtown on June 13, 2023.
Mayor Todd Gloria speaks in City Council Chambers in downtown on June 13, 2023. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

Days before the San Diego City Council was set to vote on a proposed ban on camping, Mayor Todd Gloria joined us in the studio.

VOSD Podcast host Scott Lewis had a lot of questions for the mayor. What does the new law do that current laws don’t? How will it be enforced?

In this bonus episode, Gloria answers those questions and more. He explains how his administration is addressing homelessness.

Note: The City Council approved the ban on Tuesday, June 13. (Catch up here.)

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  1. Homeless is not a crime so quit committing crimes. Every homeless person who committed crime turns public opinion Against all homeless.

  2. There is no question that San Diego Padres ownership had a hand in this act of public policy as did other influential and mighty San Diegans. Everyone else who complains and does not agree are wasting their time. They are nobodies like me. Dan Smiechowski is a candidate for San Diego Mayor and yes, I agree with the enactment of this ban except for different reasons.

  3. 1. Please please stop letting politicians link building affordable housing with help for the unhoused. Please do check and see how many projects/units have been approved via the expedite process mentioned and how many “affordable” units and affordable for whom?
    2. More enforcement does not help except for those “sheltered” in jail for awhile. The discussion is mostly about how to address the complaints the rest of us have about having to run into the unhoused or their waste. They are not addressing how to help people who have demonstrated they cannot be responsible for themselves. Punishment doesn’t work. It’s probably the most expensive approach.
    3. The hardest: what to do about those who refuse rehab but won’t or can’t take care of themselves. We need the institutions – other than jails – where people can survive. How about livable rate for social security to help seniors? We are moving in the direction of forced interventions since we cannot allow people to live unhealthily – and irrresponsibly – to the detriment of public – and private places.

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