SAN DIEGO — (AP) — A driver plowed through a sidewalk homeless encampment Monday in downtown San Diego, killing three people and injuring six others, authorities said. Craig Voss, 71, was heading through a tunnel underneath a community college campus when he drove his Volvo station wagon up on the sidewalk shortly after 9 a.m., San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. Voss was arrested at the scene. He faces three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing great bodily harm and a felony DUI, Nisleit said, adding that Voss did a field sobriety test by a drug recognition expert. He did not elaborate or identify whether Voss was under the influence of alcohol or other substance. He said additional charges may be coming.
The council appropriated $125,000 in coronavirus CARES Act funding to get the project off the ground, and the fencing, platforms and warming hut all are in place. But the facility never opened because of insurance issues.
SANTA CRUZ — A federal district court has ordered the City of Santa Cruz and a group of homeless-rights advocates to discuss a proposal to relocate a large encampment inside a city park. The court order comes in the midst of a civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of the Santa Cruz Homeless Union and several citizens reportedly living unsheltered in San Lorenzo Park. In January, Northern District U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen ordered the city to temporarily hold off on its plans to displace the homeless encampment, largely due to concerns about distributing the large population during the coronavirus pandemic, she wrote.