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City, SLO Homeless Alliance reach tentative settlement

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The City of San Luis Obispo and attorneys representing roughly 50 homeless people have reached a preliminary agreement following an hours-long mediation session.

Terms of the settlement haven’t been publicly disclosed pending the City Council’s stamp of approval.

The settlement comes after attorneys Stew Jenkins and Saro Rizzo filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the SLO Homeless Alliance, a group of individuals ticketed—some racking up thousands of dollars in fines—in a recent crackdowns on people found sleeping overnight in vehicles.

Though the existing law applies citywide, the majority of people targeted early this year were sleeping in vehicles on or in the vicinity of Prado Road near the Prado Day Center. Police say the enforcement effort was the result of mass complaints by nearby residents and business owners.

Jenkins confirmed to New Times on Aug. 3 that a settlement had been reached via a third-party mediator, but declined to offer further details.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the settlement in closed session on Aug. 9. Any decision on their part would have to be submitted to SLO Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall for approval.

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