I'm writing in response to broadcaster Jeremy Alderson's and Nan Roman's assertion that penalizing shopping cart thieves is part of a city "tactic" to reduce homelessness.
Have either of these individuals had their sleep interrupted because of a shopping cart being pushed down the street in the dead of night? I have. I was also one of many who asked repeatedly for the city to enforce existing state law after the opening of a grocery store two blocks away resulted in numerous people pushing shopping carts to their homes or apartments, often with so few groceries they could have easily just carried them.
This ordinance has much less to do with the homeless than it does with quality of life for law-abiding citizens.
What about the homeless with shopping carts? Buy a push cart from Save Mart and give it to a homeless person. This is what I did.