A humiliated city of El Cajon, which found itself under an international spotlight because of its ban on feeding the homeless, lifted the temporary order on Tuesday.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that city officials enacted the ban on sharing food in city parks in October as a safety measure after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared the region’s growing hepatitis A outbreak a public health emergency.
As the story goes, on Tuesday, the county ended its health emergency declaration and the city of El Cajon followed suit. Wrong, El Cajon tried to starve the homeless in a brutal attempt to get them to leave the city. The hideous plan failed.
Critics called El Cajon’s ban a punitive measure meant to dehumanize and criminalize the homeless and in protest staged several food-sharing events at one of the city’s most popular parks, Wells Park near the downtown hub.
International media, including the BBC, picked up on the ban after volunteers distributing food earlier this month were arrested. It also attracted plenty of national attention, much of it unflattering, to the East County city of nearly 100,000.