The mayor of London in London was tormented and mocked on Wednesday in a harsh community to discuss a controversial proposal for a homeless center on the city's waterfront, which has attracted online fundraising from critics and supporters.
"Homelessness is the number one issue we face in our city, you can not get upset about homelessness, and if I suggest a real solution, then you're upset about it," Breed said as he tried over to discuss the construction of a 200-bed center for homeless in the city section Embarcadero.
The area is part of the 12th Congressional District of California, represented by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
City officials described the proposed facility and discussed security and noise pollution. The property is owned by the Port of San Francisco and is currently a parking lot surrounded by luxury condos. The center would occupy 44,000 square meters. A lease is planned for four years.
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"Today was not a sales meeting They testify that they are focused on the lighting and the colors and the appearance focused on the facility, not on what's happening to people inside, "said Chris Curtis, who lives near the facility.
"Either let me talk or go," she replied. "I can not continue, but I will stay and listen to the comments. The least we could do is show respect for each other. "
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The exchange was representative of the opposition of some local residents on the water, who fear the 24 hours The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the accommodation and their quality of life would have a negative impact.
"They all have mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse," said Resident Shadan Golkar, who advocated low-income housing on the site, but rejected the idea of a homeless center.
Rival online fundraising campaigns have sprung up over the last few weeks to support and combat housing. Critics rallied more than $ 91,000 on Thursday morning to hire Andrew Zacks, a land tenure lawyer, to oppose the project.
A competing fundraiser raised $ 162,000 to support the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness supporting the plan.
Matt Carson lives one block from the proposed location and brings his one-year-old son to the meeting. He said he hopes one day to be able to say that his father and his neighbors "had done everything they could to help the homeless. If not, we'll see the same people in need on the street over and over again, "he said in the newspaper.
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Jeff Kositsky Director of the Homelessness and Support Housing Department of the city pointed out the number of homeless people sleeping in the street.
"We counted 179 people who slept in the area for a night out on the street, and we opening this facility of these people could be inside, "reported KTVU-TV.
The Harbor Commission will vote on April 23.