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Council Votes to Reopen Winter Shelter in Barrio Logan

"We don't need the harassment anymore," said Jonathon Rosita at Wednesday's city council meeting. "Why don't you just put it at Newton, huh? Stop playing with Golden Hall, and stop playing games with us."

Rosita was one of the many homeless who urged councilmembers to abandon their proposal to transform the Golden Hall concourse into a temporary winter shelter and opt for the location at 1625 Newton Avenue in Barrio Logan.

During the meeting, city staff told councilmembers that to place a winter shelter at Golden Hall would displace tenants and cost approximately $300,000. The Newton Avenue site, a vacant building that was once occupied by the San Diego Housing Commission, would cost the City a fraction of that — approximately $20,000 in small repairs and security lighting.

Despite the majority opinion expressed by community members, homeless advocates, and some councilmembers to locate the shelter on Newton Avenue, council president Ben Hueso remained opposed to placing the shelter in his district.

"Not all possibilities have been explored," said Hueso, commenting on what he believed to be a failure on the part of city staff to look at all the options. "I just don't feel like we have the cooperation from our staff on vetting [these other locations] out thoroughly. I'm just not seeing that....

"There was a person who was killed by a homeless person in Golden Hill, is that not true?" Hueso asked San Diego Police Captain Boyd Long.

"I don't remember the case," Captain Long said.

"A homeless person actually killed one of our residents. There's fear in our community, whether it's rational or irrational," added Hueso.

After assurances from Captain Long that the police department would work closely with the Alpha Project and Perkins Elementary administrators to make sure that the area stays safe for the residents of Barrio Logan, the council voted to place the winter shelter on Newton Avenue.

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"We don't need the harassment anymore," said Jonathon Rosita at Wednesday's city council meeting. "Why don't you just put it at Newton, huh? Stop playing with Golden Hall, and stop playing games with us."

Rosita was one of the many homeless who urged councilmembers to abandon their proposal to transform the Golden Hall concourse into a temporary winter shelter and opt for the location at 1625 Newton Avenue in Barrio Logan.

During the meeting, city staff told councilmembers that to place a winter shelter at Golden Hall would displace tenants and cost approximately $300,000. The Newton Avenue site, a vacant building that was once occupied by the San Diego Housing Commission, would cost the City a fraction of that — approximately $20,000 in small repairs and security lighting.

Despite the majority opinion expressed by community members, homeless advocates, and some councilmembers to locate the shelter on Newton Avenue, council president Ben Hueso remained opposed to placing the shelter in his district.

"Not all possibilities have been explored," said Hueso, commenting on what he believed to be a failure on the part of city staff to look at all the options. "I just don't feel like we have the cooperation from our staff on vetting [these other locations] out thoroughly. I'm just not seeing that....

"There was a person who was killed by a homeless person in Golden Hill, is that not true?" Hueso asked San Diego Police Captain Boyd Long.

"I don't remember the case," Captain Long said.

"A homeless person actually killed one of our residents. There's fear in our community, whether it's rational or irrational," added Hueso.

After assurances from Captain Long that the police department would work closely with the Alpha Project and Perkins Elementary administrators to make sure that the area stays safe for the residents of Barrio Logan, the council voted to place the winter shelter on Newton Avenue.

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"'There was a person who was killed by a homeless person in Golden Hill, is that not true?" Hueso asked San Diego Police Captain Boyd Long.'"

Hueso is an unbelievable. What a doooosh! Didn't anyone offer up the actual info and put Hueso to shame?

The police did a great job just this week of arresting and filing a case against a man, potentially closing the case on a horrible crime, for a crime NOT committed by a homeless person, but rather reported by one:

"On Dec. 31, 2007, at about 7:20 p.m., a homeless man discovered Pinson in an abandoned house in the 2900 block of E Street in Golden Hill. The girl appeared top be injured and unconscious. The man left the house and borrowed a cell phone to call police, who arrived a short time later and found Pinson dead inside the house."

Source: Police Think They Solved Murder Mystery | NBC San Diego

Nov. 4, 2010

I remember this case, it was tragic, that poor young girl.....

Nov. 4, 2010

I think a letter to Capt Boyd Land is in order. You know he knew.

Nov. 4, 2010

Captain Long doesn't remember the case, Ben Hueso doesn't remember the case, but the rest of us remember the case. We remember it was a 14 year old girl in a vacant house. Some people remember different things from other people, I guess.

Nov. 4, 2010

We remember it was a 14 year old girl in a vacant house

Yep.

How can you NOT remember that?????????????

Nov. 4, 2010

The rearrest and arraignment happened last week. It was all over the news. From the U-T,

"“Some investigations we are able to prosecute very quickly and others require months if not years of investigation,”... “What I think is important is the San Diego Police Department homicide detectives never forgot [the little girl]."

Capt Long was fully aware that a "homeless" person is not the arrested, arraigned, alleged killer. A Logan Heights gang member is.

Logan Heights is in whose Council district?

Nov. 5, 2010

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