SAN RAFAEL (KCBS)— San Rafael police, along with St. Vincent de Paul, are distributing maps asking transients to stay away from several “Hot Zones” where there have been numerous complaints from merchants about homeless people.
Some of the homeless have spoken out and said they’re being unfairly targeted, but merchants depict them as “drunken and volatile.”
“San Rafael is a city of rather wealthy people and they don’t wish to see the disparity of income level,” said John, a street person.
Some of the homeless said police are harassing them by pulling up onto the sidewalks and going the wrong way on the streets.
Suzanne Walker with the St. Vincent dePaul Society of Marin said she actually worked with police to draw up the maps. They show three areas to avoid, including 4th and B, 4th and A, as well as 910 Lincoln.