Kheven LaGrone is a writer and activist who lives in Oakland.
Complaints against the homeless could backfire
in April of 2018, the City of Oakland launched “OAK 311”—an app and web service that was built to make
Will Caltrans change it’s encampment-sweeping strategy after Martin v. Boise?
Caltrans is perhaps the largest and most high-profile evictor of homeless encampments in California. According to The Mile Marker: A
No more encampment evictions?
On September 4, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that cities may not punish homeless people for sleeping outside in public spaces if they do not have access to shelter elsewhere. The case—Martin v. Boise—started way back in 2009, when six current and formerly homeless residents of Boise, Idaho sued the city for giving citations to people who were sleeping outside. The lawsuit rested on the notion that these citations violated the Eighth Amendment rights of Boise’s homeless residents, amounting to cruel and unusual punishment.
The other side of tech in San Francisco
In his essay titled, “San Francisco, You’ll Miss Your Tech Bros If They Flee,” Bloomberg Opinion columnist Noah Smith writes that the tech bubble is a victim of outsiders’ antipathy towards them. The essay suggests that it is more important that San Francisco retain its tech bubble than its longtime and native residents.