HAYWARD — Linda Bennett knew something was odd when her comfort dog made constant noises while she was working alone one Saturday in her B Street office a few weeks ago.

On the following Tuesday, she found out why.

A homeless person had apparently found shelter in the basement of her office, near the corner of B and Third streets, and left human feces and other trash behind before leaving.

“Ever since then, I have my pepper spray and Taser,” Bennett, a practicing mental health counselor, told the Hayward City Council at its Sept. 26 meeting.

“I’ve been attacked by a dog; I’m a wreck and I don’t want to be attacked by anyone else,” she said.

She and other Upper B Street neighbors say that as structures such as the City Center Building and old Mervyn’s headquarters along Foothill Boulevard are either being torn down or secured, the homeless who used to frequent them have been settling along San Lorenzo Creek over the past few months, making an already bad situation there worse.

The city, for its part, is working on a comprehensive strategy and collaborating with the Alameda County Flood Control District, county Public Works Agency, private landowners and county Health Care Services Agency …read more

Source:: East Bay – Politics

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