On March 15, five unhoused Pacificans filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to challenge Pacifica’s Oversize Vehicle Ordinance. A preliminary injunction requesting the city cease enforcement will be heard by Judge Vince Chhabria on May 27.

Merriam-Webster defines courage as the strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. Pacifica’s five plaintiffs certainly meet the requirements. For those of us who have always been safely housed, we may not have the basis for comparison to comprehend what it is to be unhoused. Our Pacifica unhoused have shared stories of deprivation, fear, isolation, harassment, vandalism and threats. As their federal complaint unfolds, the plaintiffs face renewed risks in the weeks to come.

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It is definitely not a majority of people who supported the ill thought idea of leaving people in glorified tents on our streets. It is far from courageous to sue the town that you want to convince you have a right to live in because you are part of the community. If you cared about the community, you wouldn't sue them! Pacifica is being targeted because we have less defenses to ward off a lawsuit so that the ACLU can make an example of us and re-write housing laws in Northern CA.

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