Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PRNC set to discuss Pt. Richmond homeless issue at Wednesday meeting

A homeless encampment near The Plunge in February
   POINT RICHMOND - The Point Richmond Neighborhood Council is set to hear from three people about homelessness Wednesday - a report from city crime prevention officer Michelle Milam,  at 7:40 p.m., Richmond Police Officer Vincent Martinez at 8 p.m. and Daniel Barth, a homeless community advocate at 8:30 p.m.
     The PRNC meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Point Richmond Community Center on Washington Avenue and is open to the public.
     "The Richmond Homeless Task force ... has been working diligently and tirelessly to figure out action-oriented solutions to homeless in Richmond that can be implemented now," Outgoing PRNC President David Schoenthal said in his agenda comments.
     Milam will be talking about the city's Homeless Task Force.
     Martinez will speak about working with homeless encampments.
   The PRNC was also supposed to hear a report about the four parking kiosks that suddenly appeared on Park Place in the downtown business district several weeks ago. The kiosks were removed only days later after a flood of citizen questions and complaints.
     That report was canceled last week.
     However, DenĂ©e Evans of Richmond Transportation Services is expected to attend the Point Richmond Business Association meeting Thursday at noon at the Hotel Mac to update attendees on city plans for a paid parking pilot program that - if implemented - will include use of kiosks.
     (To read a commentary on parking in the point, see: The elephant in the parking space.)