Mayor Maureen O'Connor would do well to smile and say nothing when it comes to addressing the homeless, as she invariably ends up with her foot in her mouth.
In January, 1987, Mayor O'Connor asked homeless people who entered City Council chambers asking for jobs to leave their names and addresses and she would get back to them. Her comments were met by "boos," as these people were homeless.
This month, the mayor made another "frozen" statement when two members of the Coalition for the Homeless, after a 24-hour vigil outside City Hall, led a small group of homeless into council chambers, then presented her with 5,330 petition signatures. The petitions asked that the council make the old Navy Hospital in Balboa Park available as temporary shelter for the homeless. Her Honor was heard saying to others present, "Some people like to do this sort of thing, and we must be tolerant."
Tolerant to men, women and children who search for safe shelter? Surely San Diego can be more than tolerant, Mayor O'Connor.