Newsom Announces California’s Intervention in San Francisco Encampment Court Case

( – California Gavin Newsom is continuing to take a hard line stance against the homeless problem in San Francisco, saying that the state government will take an active part in the ongoing federal case filed against the city of San Francisco by homeless advocacy groups.

Advocacy groups who have sued San Francisco allege that attempts to clear up homeless encampments are illegal and are a violation of human rights, and a federal judge has sided with them, preventing authorities from breaking up encampments, even when there is space in homeless shelters.

Newsom has slammed U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu, who ruled in favor of the homeless advocacy groups, saying that Justice Ryu’s ruling prevents the city from doing its job and thwarts efforts to solve the homeless problem San Francisco is facing.

Due to favorable weather conditions and a spate of programs that benefit homeless people, transients have flocked to the city despite its high cost of living, which many have said cause an increase in petty crimes and health and hygiene issues, particularly because of all the human waste in encampments and all around the city.

Speaking at an interview with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, the California governor said that the state intends to file an amicus brief to have Ryu’s ruling overturned in the Supreme Court, which is dominated by Republican-appointed justices.

“”That’s a hell of a statement coming from a progressive Democrat,” Newsom said.

Newsom was previously mayor of San Francisco, and has consistently supported its current chief executive, Mayor London Breed. And while elected Democrats like himself and Breed can take a lot of the blame for the homeless problem, Newsom has actually been at odds with liberal activists and judges that support suits filed by activist groups over issues regarding the homeless population in the state.

Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle about how “frustrating” it has been for authorities to deal with transients and advocacy groups due to the legal hurdles the latter like to throw in their way. He told the news outlet that he once considered putting up a sign with the judge’s phone number in near a homeless encampment so residents in the area knew that it wasn’t the state’s fault that the transients could not be removed from the area.

“Call the judge. We want to clean this up, too,” the sign would have read.

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