Berkeley passes strict laws on homeless behavior

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Campout in front of old Berkeley City Hall
A campout at the old city hall in Berkeley took place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, where the city council is poised to crack down on the homeless, living on their streets.

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Despite heated protests, Berkeley just passed a set of strict laws aimed at homeless behavior on the streets.

The city council voted six to three in favor of the laws Tuesday night. They ban people from sleeping in planter beds, leaving belongings in trees, or taking up more than a two square foot space on sidewalks. Homeless advocates call this a "half-baked reactive response to an important issue."

One councilwoman says the goal is to discourage obnoxious behavior, not penalize the homeless.

WATCH VIDEO: Campout staged at Berkeley city hall to protest new homeless laws