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City Work Session Scheduled To Address Issue Of Downtown Panhandlers

October 11th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

While it has been viewed as an inconvenience and a nuisance for many years- the number of panhandlers, vagrants and so called “undesirables” on the downtown Cumberland Mall is growing- and becoming more aggressive.  It is a problem that has been discussed in recent months by the mayor and city council; the Canal Place Authority; the CEDC and now the Downtown Development Commission. The subject was broached  during Thursday’s monthly DDC meeting with Councilwoman Laurie Marchini  announcing that the city has a work session scheduled in the near future to address the situation. DDC Chair Sandy Saville said there are some clear differences in behavior being demonstrated in recent years…

6 Responses to “City Work Session Scheduled To Address Issue Of Downtown Panhandlers”

  1. October 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm, Brian said:

    Give them a one way ticket to San Francisco I’m sure they will be quite welcome there


  2. October 11, 2019 at 12:38 pm, Bill said:

    The less you do on a bad situation the worse it will get, we should not have to put up with this!


  3. October 11, 2019 at 1:58 pm, David said:

    Its one thing to just round up the trouble makers but there has to be a place to send them. If they get run out of downtown then they will go somewhere else. this is a symptom of a bigger problem and tackling “undesirables” is just putting a band aid on it. What is the bigger plan for getting people back on their feet and finding them places to live?


  4. October 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm, Ed Dodrill said:

    What does San Francisco have to do with panhandlers and small time criminals? Jeez, man.


  5. October 11, 2019 at 3:40 pm, Mark said:

    It’s not the majority of homeless and poor folks, it’s the local culture of so called ‘regular’ folks that are always yelling obscenities at each other and acting like animals in general that’s the problem. Not some poor slob asking, “Brother, can you spare a dime?” But whatever. Cumberland is just a white trash ghetto and run by clueless clowns like Morris, Bernard and Cioni that are only out for themselves.


  6. October 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm, Brian said:

    Treat them like Stray Cats if you stop feeding them and give him a place to stay they will leave


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