Nick St. Oegger

If you want to hear city officials hash out problems that stem from people living and dying on our streets, if you want to learn which policies are being pushed, which are being nixed, and which are stuck in limbo, the Subcommittee on Homelessness and Community Relations is the place to be.

Last Thursday’s subcommittee meeting was attended by Councilmembers Dale Francisco and Bendy White, Mayor Helene Schneider, Casa Esperanza Chief Mike Foley, and others. City Attorney Steve Wiley (not a subcommittee member) attended and spoke freely about the chances of ever getting an “Alcohol Impacted Area” designation for lower Milpas Street. Such a designation, which would require a change in state legislation, would restrict the issuance of new liquor licenses there.

“The alcohol industry would never allow Sacramento to pass such a law,” Wiley said. To read more, see


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