Big Fines Possible for San Jose Over Homeless Camps

Environmental damage from homeless camps could cost San Jose big

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    It's not San Jose's mess, per se.

    But it's now the city's problem.

    Homeless Encampment Residents Lead Clean-Up Effort

    [BAY] Homeless Encampment Residents Lead Clean-Up Effort
    It’s considered one of the largest, if not the largest, homeless encampments in the country, and it’s in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Damian Trujillo got a first-hand look at how those who live inside the San Jose encampment want to make it a better place. (Published Thursday, March 13, 2014)

    State environmental and wildlife officials have filed a complaint against the city, saying that trash and other debris at homeless encampments near Coyote Creek have put the "troubled" waterway in even greater jeopardy, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    The bill for violating the Clean Water Act could exceed $100,000, the newspaper reported.

    Volunteers Urged to Stay Away from SJ Homeless Encampment Clean Up

    [BAY] Volunteers Urged to Stay Away from SJ Homeless Encampment Clean Up
    City officials in San Jose are asking volunteers to stay away from plans to clean up what is believed to be one of the largest homeless encampments in the country. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Friday, March 14, 2014)

    The city says it lacks the resources to "adequately" remove the bicycles, buckets, clothes and other things left by its desperate denizens, according to the newspaper.

    This matters not to the state, which is tired of a lack of local efforts to clean up the areas near the waterways.

    In fact, the city has outright "refused" to clean up the homeless camps, according to the complaint, filed by a former San Jose police officer.

    According to the newspaper, it's possible that homeless people camping "causes ecological damage similar to a factory."

    San Jose has the fifth-most homeless people of any American city, the newspaper reported.