Gloria’s Homeless Encampment Didn’t Survive Hilary

by on August 21, 2023 · 8 comments

in Homelessness, San Diego

Vic, a 61-year-old unsheltered man, helped others staying at Mayor Gloria’s homeless encampment to move out of the Golden Hill safe campsite before Hilary hit. Vic took the photos.

Reporter Lisa Halverstadt of the Voice of San Diego is regularly in touch with Vic.

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Geoff Page August 21, 2023 at 12:34 pm

No surprise, sadly. The tents were on pavement and not anchored down. The only way to keep them in place would have been to stay inside to keep a tent anchored. Imagine how much fun that would have been. Especially considering that the tents sit right on the pavement, no effort was made to keep them off the ground.


Greg August 21, 2023 at 5:13 pm

Literally one weighted object in each tent keeps them down. Winds were what, 30mph? Seems super weird to just say whatever and let everything blow around.


Debbie August 22, 2023 at 1:12 am

There was plenty of time to plan/act before the storm hit. Why didn’t the city put a trailer(s) onsite to allow storage of collapsed tents and cots and bikes while the residents waited out the storm in a sheltered place. Going forward, collection of junk and storage outside tents should be prohibited.


Geoff Page August 22, 2023 at 11:08 am

Well, I think it might be a bit harsh to not allow things outside the tents. Allowing people to have some of their possessions surrounding them might make them feel like they have their own space. One person’s junk is another’s treasure.


William Mulligan August 26, 2023 at 11:34 pm

So I’ve been here since day one June 29th I moved into this location this city has done nothing to approve it we still don’t have permanent showers here we got one hose that runs anything for running water we all had our kids tied down and they stayed there it’s four corners tied down to a cement block or a sandbag now it’s the mayor’s people who came in here and now said we can’t have any of those things and according to the fire marshal it’s a fire hazard to have a tarp over your protect you from the Sun and heat but it’s not a fire hazard to force everybody to put all their belongings in it that it trapped them in their chat explain all that explain why the volunteers


Geoff Page August 28, 2023 at 12:36 pm

Thank you for speaking up, William. Hearing from someone living in this place is far more powerful than what we can write about it from the outside. Encourage others to speak up, the more light that gets shined the better chances are for improvement.


Devon August 27, 2023 at 8:30 am

where does one get a waterproof tent?
I’m yet to find one

serious question


sealintheSelkirks September 1, 2023 at 12:26 pm

So what has changed for the better with Gloria’s solution to the homeless? Out of sight out of mind?

Even a news outlet from Venezuela gets it when few politicians in the US even bother:

America’s Homelessness Crisis Exacerbates as Leaders Look the Other Way



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