In Nevada City California You Have To Get A Permit To Be Homeless


If you don’t want to be arrested in Nevada City, California for being homeless you’d better have your government-issued homelessness permit on you. At least if a new ordinance passes:

In an effort to manage the growing homeless population Nevada City, California, Police Chief Jim Wickham has advocated a new law that would hand out permits to a small group of homeless giving them permission to sleep in public.

“It just basically means you can’t set up a tent. You can’t live in your vehicle. You can’t live in the woods in Nevada City,” Wickham told CBS Sacremento of the new ordinance which the city council has adopted the first reading of.

Apparently the goal is to stop crime by homeless people. You see, the city doesn’t plan on giving homeless permits to the criminals. So, by not giving their permission to homeless criminals, the solve the crime problem among homeless people.


This is the same sort of logic which holds that we can eliminate crime by banning guns. Or make people skinnier by banning fast food.

It is ridiculous on it’s face.

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  • yy4u2

    So will their be a class action against the city if none of them have IDs? If it’s ok to give them a pass to lounge around the city, would it not be prudent to put them to work like cleaning up their streets, garbage, city buildings, etc? Oh, that’s right, they might not want to work. Heaven forbid they get taught some self-reliance or responsibility.

  • Neiman

    It is a lovely little town with lots of vacant areas for the homeless to use for sleeping; but, the problem is, these people set up camp often use vacant lots, alleys, parking lots, parks, buildings to defecate, urinate, vomit, throw their trash and accost innocent people shopping in town and hurt the tourist trade. But, dammit they have a right to use any town or business for their toilets and garbage cans and even encroach on private property to camp.

    Doggonit who are these decent, hard working tax payers to complain anyway, right liberals?

    • flamemeister

      Seems to me that the effluvia could be composted somehow & used to grow organic vegetables to feed the homeless.

  • WOOF

    The ACLU will explain the error of the town gov’t’s ways.
    The homeless will probably collect a boon .
    What would happen to freedom without lawyers protecting it?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Yes, I’m sure the homeless will get a payout…. and there won’t be a bottle of Mad Dog to be found at any of the liquor stores.

  • Harold

    Things in La La Land just keep getting more insane as everyday goes by. Gotta love the nut cases in California.

  • Roy_Bean

    ………”It is ridiculous on it’s face.”…………..

    I have to disagree with you on this one, I think it’s brilliant. This could be a model for the whole nation. They are going to keep track of the homeless to make sure that the homeless people there aren’t criminals. Stop and think for a minute. We could apply this to immigrants. We could have them get a permit. That would allow the federal government to check them out and be sure they aren’t criminals and aren’t coming here to mess things up. It would require a federal bureaucracy but we could use some agency that is already in place, like maybe the customs service. We could call it something like the United States Customs and Immigration Service. You know those people in California are always a step ahead of the rest of us on stuff like this. I think they should keep leading and we should keep following. Maybe Heidi can work on this when she gets to DC.

  • $16179444

    well we’ll have to pass it to find out what’s in it…..more than likely will be some huge tax against homeless people.

  • camsaure

    It’s probably a ploy by the left to use their names as voters in the next election.

  • tony_o2

    What are they going to do with people that get caught sleeping without a permit? Give them 3 hots and a cot?

  • 11B40


    Don’t other forms of business, besides being “homeless”, have to get permits ??? Aren’t other forms of business required to operate in specific areas ??? Think of it as “Introduction to Business 101 or 3.0″ !!!

  • VocalYokel

    I suppose they will mail the permit to them.