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5 arrested at homeless encampment, an Occupy San Diego outgrowth

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness at what has become a homeless encampment near San Diego City Hall, a successor to the Occupy San Diego movement, police said.

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.


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 Photo: Homeless encampment near San Diego City Hall. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times

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