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San Francisco Leaders Settle Lawsuit With Tenderloin Residents And Business Owners, Agree To Remove 70% Of Tents

Santa Cruz Sentinel-


Potentially ending a legal battle over the explosion of homeless camps taking over the sidewalks of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, city leaders on Friday agreed to remove 70% of tents in the area by next month.

If approved by the city’s board of supervisors, the settlement will resolve a lawsuit filed in May by a group of Tenderloin residents and business owners, including UC Hastings College of the Law. The number of tents in the neighborhood increased 285% between January and April, as the city reduced its homeless shelter capacity by as much as 75% to allow space for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The results, plaintiffs said, are impassible sidewalks, drug dealers selling their wares with impunity and unsanitary, crowded conditions that pose a health risk for everyone in the neighborhood.

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