Fight Over SF Homeless Shelter Back In Court

Melissa Culross
November 15, 2019 - 1:35 pm
A proposal to build a navigation center, like this one, to provide homeless services on the Embarcadero in San Francisco has stirred up strong opinions in support and opposition.

SAFER Embarcadero For ALL/GoFundMe

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The fate of a homeless shelter under construction in San Francisco is in the hands of a judge.

A group of residents near the site of the Navigation Center under construction along the Embarcadero has been fighting the project for months. This latest challenge to the project questioned whether the city officials obtained the proper permits.

Attorney Peter Prows represents Safe Embarcadero For All, the group of residents fighting the project.

“The law requires the State Lands Commission to weigh in on this,” Prows said. “We’ve been telling the city that since day one, and we don’t think that the State Land Commission is going to agree with the city on this.”

The city maintains that approval from the commission was not necessary for this particular project.

Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman held a hearing over the interpretation of several state statutes on November 14.

Prows said that if the judge rules in favor of the residents, the project will come to a halt, requiring the city to start at square one by going back to the State Lands Commission to make its case.

Judge Schulman has 90 days to decide, but Prows expects he will issue a ruling in the next couple of weeks.

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