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Proposed bill would allow homeless students to sleep in community college parking lots overnight

Original post made on Apr 3, 2019

Homeless community college students will be permitted to park and sleep in their cars overnight at any community college in California if Assembly Bill 302 passes.

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Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

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The last quotes from Marc Berman say it all. If there's nowhere for some our community college students to live, then the least we can do is let them stay overnight in the college's parking lot.

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Posted by Letsdoit
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Seems to me Marc Berman just solved the RV issue in MV and Palo Alto. Send everyone up to Foothill or any state funded educational institution. Foothill has their own security for safety purposes. CHP is there too. Plenty of room for an extra parking lot if needed. Already supported by our tax dollars. It's a beautiful campus with available transportation, mental health and job services. Foothill and LAH can partner with a campground company to provide hookups. Folks in their cars and RV's just need to sign up for school. Getting an education would be the only requirement necessary for free overnight parking. Great idea. Get an education and free parking. Clearly a win/win. Kudos to Marc. And best of all, it's free to the subscriber.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

It only passed through committee. Doubtful it will become law. If it does, then two years later a similar law needs to be passed for four-year degree granting UC and Cal State. Otherwise, what's the real value of an AA degree anyway? In four years we could then approve MA/MS students and in 6 years doctoral students at UC. And just think if Bernie wins in 2020. A college education will be free and the parking lots packed day and night!

Feel the Burn!

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

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Let them eat cake. Foothill and DeAnza Colleges already have parking problems without letting the homeless, "park there forever" Winnebego invaders swarm to their campuses after local cities kick them out. If "no overnight parking" is a good idea for cities, then it is an even better idea for the colleges. No one except for support staff are supposed to be at Colleges at night. Also, the Winnebegos present safety, public health, waste disposal, and social/health/mental support problems that colleges don't want and can't afford on their campuses. Their function is to educate students, not to become social welfare agencies for the poor. Berman should get a firm grasp on economic and social reality and not live in a fantasy world.

Why not let them park on grade school campuses instead??? The parents would just LOVE that.

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Posted by @William Hitchens
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2019 at 9:17 pm

"Why not let them park on grade school campuses instead??? The parents would just LOVE that."

Surprised the parents don't object to you camping out there right now...

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Posted by Liz
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 3, 2019 at 11:18 pm

Thank you for proposing a short-term solution to help ensure safety for people trying to better their position in life by attending school. It is a sad reality that affordable housing can be out of reach for some students, and kudos to Marc Berman for taking action.

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Posted by Security and Sanitation
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2019 at 8:39 am

Are the parking lots even big enough for both "vehicular residents" and day commuters? Don't even consider this proposal without first figuring out how to pay for toilets, showers, sewer-hookups, and plenty of 24-7 security in the parking lots.

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Posted by Proud Taxpayer
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2019 at 12:57 pm

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This is a good idea. There are a lot of empty parking lots on campuses at night. Yet, the details will be important. Costs will add up. As said before there are costs of toilets, showers, sewer-hookups, and security in the parking lots. Plus the costs of permitting and enforcement.
A minimum 8 hours of Dark and Quiet should required, both for the campers and surrounding neighborhoods. The free(?) camping should expire, and the parking lots vacated, at the end of every term.
Every campus should be given two years to run trail periods with a small set (50?) of campers before they are required to open it up to larger crowds.
This won't be simple.

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