Transients are OK in P.G. as long as they have money to spend at the motels.
Last week, a 31-year-old Los Angeles city law aimed at preventing homeless persons from using parked vehicles as living quarters was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Pacific Grove City Council last August voted 4-3 to prohibit living or sleeping in vehicles parked on public property. The decision came over protests by advocates for the homeless, but Police Chief Vicki Myers said it would give officers more latitude in contacting people in need of services.
Laredo said Pacific Grove’s law is different in several ways from the L.A. law, and the appeals court ruling “may strike it down or it may not.”
Monterey City Attorney Christine Davi said she was looking at the appeals court ruling to see if it would affect Monterey’s ban on overnight parking in certain areas. The city last year, amid a debate over homeless in the community, considered expanding the parking ban to other commercial areas.