5 arrested at homeless encampment, an Occupy San Diego outgrowth
Dozens are living on a street adjacent to the civic theater, watched 24 hours a day by a dozen or more San Diego police officers. The ad hoc settlement has its own food distribution system; a public toilet is nearby.
On Oct. 28, police removed Occupy San Diego protesters and some homeless people from civic plaza behind City Hall , arresting 51.
Those who moved voluntarily were allowed to take their sleeping bags and other belongings to an area along a nearby street.
In the succeeding weeks, the area has become predominantly a place for San Diego's homeless to sleep. Police have allowed them to remain, as long as they do not block the sidewalk.
"We're not hurting anyone," said a homeless person who identified himself as Dr. Alexander as he emerged from his sleeping bag.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Homeless encampment near San Diego City Hall. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times