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Few homeless people have been detained under San Diego's camping ban. The number prosecuted is even lower.

Few homeless people have been detained under San Diego's camping ban. The number prosecuted is even lower.

There’s no question San Diego’s camping ban has made an impact.Its passage last summer corresponded with a drop in homelessness downtown, more people asking for shelter and an increase in riverbed encampments. Other cities have moved to follow San Diego’s lead. Some lawmakers want to take the rules statewide.But that doesn’t mean many residents are actually ending up in court for living in a tent.During the ordinance’s first six-plus months, the city attorney’s office filed charges against just two people for allegedly violating the ban, according to spokesperson Andrew Sharp. An additional...

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Hundreds of homeless people live by the San Diego River. Do they know about the coming storm?

Hundreds of homeless people live by the San Diego River. Do they know about the coming storm?

Robert Duckstad has spent much of his life studying the sky.The 65-year-old stood near a tent by the San Diego River last week, a water stain on his sweats showing where he’d once trudged through water. Duckstad told a reporter he was a retired meteorologist with the U.S. Navy.“I’ve got my pulse on the weather, but it really rained hard,” he said about the historic and potentially deadly storm that had hit a few days prior. “I saw it coming up, and within a few minutes it was time to leave.”It’s not clear if he knows another deluge may be on its way.City officials and local organizations...

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