Bloom et al v. City of San Diego
On November 15, 2017, a group of homeless people and advocates sued the city of San Diego, arguing that two city ordinances–one prohibiting living in vehicles and the other prohibiting nighttime RV parking–violate federal law. The suit, filed in the Southern District of California, points out that the city’s high rents and scarce shelter space leave low-income people with limited housing options. As a result, some must resort to living in their cars or RVs. When they violate the ordinances, they receive tickets that they cannot pay and may, ultimately, have their vehicles impounded–leaving them to sleep on the streets. A subclass of this group consists of people with disabilities who are unable to access and stay in shelters due to architectural barriers or other inaccessible features, making them particularly susceptible to these unfair ticketing practices.
DRA is pursuing this case alongside co-counsel Ann Menasche, Disability Rights California; Geoff D. Biegler, Fish & Richaardson; Maria Foscarinis, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Scott Dreher, Dreher Law Firm; Manfred P. Muecke, Bonnett Fairbourn Friednman & Balint PC.
On June 8, 2018, the court denied the city’s motion to dismiss the case.