Lawyers have tentatively agreed to mediation to try to resolve a lawsuit over the city of San Luis Obispo's attempt to ban homeless people from sleeping in their cars on city streets.
Lawyers for the Homeless Alliance that filed the suit against the city, as well as city attorneys, met before Judge Charles Crandall on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed after Crandall issued an injunction stopping citations by the city against homeless. The City Council then reinstated its ban earlier this month by passing a new ban with an ordinance under a different section of the municipal code.
City attorney Christine Dietrick proposed mediation and lawyers Saro Rizzo and Stewart Jenkins agreed to that suggestion outside court, though the hearing will continue Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to confirm the next step in the case.
"When you get to the bottom of this you’re dealing with public policy issues," Crandall said. "Trying to solve a problem of homelessness can’t be done by this court. Settlement mode is a good idea."
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