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'Bench fillers' to discourage homeless?

March 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
La Jolla is trying to come up with creative ways to discourage homeless people from sleeping on public benches.A community activist wants to draft volunteers to sit on the benches for three hours at a time. But local merchants say a more practical solution must be found.

The city tried dividing the benches to prevent people from stretching out, but the homeless continued to use them, sleeping upright.

Many benches are placed in honor of loved ones, and donors have complained.


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