San Diego increases homeless citations in hepatitis outbreak
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego issued citations and cleared a downtown street where hundreds of homeless people regularly camp during ongoing efforts to sanitize neighborhoods to control the spread of hepatitis A.
Officers are asking homeless people to leave a stretch of 17th Street where tarps and tents regularly line sidewalks and an area near a freeway onramp, police Lt. Scott Wahl said Wednesday. Those that refuse are given citations or arrested. Police over the past two weeks have been issuing about 50 weekly citations — up from 30 a week before the crackdown, Wahl said.
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