Pro 8 Exclusive: City cracks down on San Bernardo homeless problem
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
A rude awakening for homeless people and prostitutes along San Bernardo as city workers try to clear out all their belongings. Today along San Bernardo you could see the city code enforcement officials forcing homeless people to leave the area and throwing away their belongings. After receiving many complaints by businesses about the gatherings of homeless in front of their stores the city decided to clean up. "They've broken our windows they have broken into our restaurants. They've stolen our copper lines from the ac units." Pizza Hut employee Gabriel Rios is talking about vagrants in the San Bernardo area. Code enforcement began moving homeless and taking their belongings and throwing them in the trash. Armed with a garbage truck city employees took everything.... Tossing out garbage left by the homeless even their belongings. "My blankets man...my blankets." City employees had to call police after this confrontation for their own safety. Code Enforcement threw away everything from this grocery cart full of garbage. After picking up the cart they found drug paraphernalia "I've seen them doing everything...drugs, having...performing..." Some business owners say these people will do anything and everything imaginable in front of their business. "The city needs to do something. Look into it cause its a big problem. Causing a lot of problems to our business." After being kicked out of the area...most of the homeless took their belongings and walked away. Other areas being cleaned included this area under I-35, another place where homeless gather. The city says they are trying to send a message to these people. "We do encourage these people to seek out those services here in Laredo that assist homeless people. For example the Bethany House." City of Laredo spokesperson Xochitl Mora told Pro 8 News. The city says this could be the beginning of future enforcement. Code enforcement says they have received so many complaints that they are already planning the next clean up effort. The city says they want to continue with the clean up regularly.