An Oakland, Calif., official this week proposed bringing a cruise ship to the city’s port to help house its homeless population.Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told council members this week she has been contacted by cruise ship companies about providing their vessels for emergency housing, which she said could take up to 1,000 homeless people, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.The homeless population in the city has risen from 1,902 to 3,210 in the past two years. ADVERTISEMENT“Maybe we can have a way to create a thousand housing units overnight,” Kaplan said.Kaplan said the plan, which could be introduced in January, would be at “no or low” cost to the city since residents of the ships would pay for their rooms based on their income and that the city would not actually be purchasing the ship. “It could be a great way to house a lot of people quickly,” Kaplan told The Chronicle. “Cruise ships have been used … [Read more...] about California official offers proposal to house homeless on a cruise ship
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close Video City of Oakland considers obtaining a cruise ship to house the homeless Proposal by the city council president would house around 1,000 homeless people on a cruise ship docked in the Port of Oakland. This is not exactly "The Love Boat," but it could help make a dent in one California city's homeless crisis. During a city council meeting on Tuesday, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan broached the idea of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people, suggesting a ship be brought to the Port of Oakland as the region deals with skyrocketing costs of living and a shortage of affordable housing. “It could be a great way to house a lot of people quickly,” Kaplan told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Cruise ships have been used for emergency housing after natural disasters and for extra housing for things like Olympics.” OAKLAND'S RISING HOMELESSNESS CRISIS PROMPTS DIY EFFORT USING LARGE LOGS Homelessness has … [Read more...] about Oakland considers housing the homeless on a cruise ship
Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, Dec. 12, and a former Black Panther is celebrating the group’s work on childhood hunger while 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is chasing the records of the likes of Joe Montana and Steve Young. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Bridge net delay Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge suicide net, a coarse web of steel designed to catch and cradle people who jump, is two years behind schedule — with a completion date now set for 2023. Working in the fog was accounted for and the materials to build it are either here or on their way. So why the delay? Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District officials cite problems with the lead contractor, Shimmick Construction Co., which was acquired by global corporation AECOM two years ago. The sale led to distraction and turnover, slowing many projects down, district General Manager Denis Mulligan tells reporter Rachel Swan. Plus, the company presented an … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: A life or death delay?
STOCKTON (CBS13) — Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg took his campaign to Stockton Wednesday morning as part of his first trip to California. While there, he picked up an endorsement from Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and released several new proposals to fight poverty. During a private event at Trail Coffee Roasters in Downtown Stockton, Bloomberg promised to launch a ‘war on poverty.” “As president, my job will be to move all of America ahead and that includes committing our country to new and innovative ways to combat poverty,” he said. “There has to be a war on poverty. A successful one, an innovative one, and one that engages local leaders like Mayor Tubbs.” His new plan includes initiatives to raise the minimum wage, tackle homelessness, and expand affordable housing; proposals that won an endorsement from Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. “As a member of this campaign, I am motivated by … [Read more...] about Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Visits Stockton, Announces Plan To Launch ‘War On Poverty’