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Dealing With The Homeless Issue

The first of the plans to deal with homelessness as people announce their bids for mayor has come from Supervisor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom´s plan would ban panhandling on median strips in roadways and in parking lots and provide 24-hour shelters and improve shelter conditions. It would also use identification cards and fingerprinting to track who uses the city´s homeless services.

There are 73-hundred homeless people in San Francisco, and the city spends more than 100 million dollars a year on services for them.

The city´s tourist industry and neighborhood groups have pushed for officials to clean up the city.

But homeless advocates say the plan doesn´t show compassion and or show an understanding of the plight of the homeless.