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Amid Homeless Concerns, Brandau Wants Fresno To Ban Camping

A Fresno City Councilmember has a new idea on dealing with the city’s homeless population – a law that would ban camping in the city. Councilmember Steve Brandau is set to take the proposed ordinance before the city council next Thursday. If adopted, the law would ban camping on both public and private property in the city. Brandau says he’s been getting complaints for months from constituents about people camping in the cooking, bathing and even defecating in public. “I really believe it goes across the city. When I talk with my colleagues they’re getting the same type of phone calls I’m getting, complaints, and people in the community are getting very upset with what they perceiving happening in our community,” says Brandau. Called the Unhealthy and Hazardous Camping Act 2017, Brandau’s law would also make it illegal to store so-called “camping paraphernalia” on public or private property. Brandau says he sees the proposed law as a tool law enforcement can use, as the homeless

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