Monday, April 03, 2006

Media Updates

No picnic this time - Woman cited for feeding too many homeless

By Timothy Pratt
Las Vegas Sun

An act of charity - feeding the homeless - has landed one local woman in court.

Gail Sacco must appear March 20 in Municipal Court to answer charges that she violated a Las Vegas ordinance by gathering more than 25 people in a city park without a permit.

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Editorial: The worst ticket in town

Resident cited for feeding homeless people in a Las Vegas park discovers that even when charity begins at home it still needs a permit

It is a sad day when a city tickets those who feed homeless people.

According to a story in Tuesday's Las Vegas Sun, resident Gail Sacco is heading to Las Vegas Municipal Court on March 20 because her practice of feeding homeless people in Circle Park violates a Las Vegas ordinance that prohibits gatherings of more than 25 people without a permit.

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Woman Cited For Feeding Too Many Homeless

(KVVU) -- A good deed has landed a valley woman in court.

Gail Sacco was cited and banned from downtown's Circle Park for six months for feeding too many homeless people.

According to park rules, it's against the law for a group of 25 people or more to gather without a permit.

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Letter: Woman sets an example for all of us

The Sun's story about the lovely lady that was feeding the homeless is very upsetting to me ("No picnic this time - woman cited for feeding too many homeless," March 7). She is doing what each of us should be doing each day.

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Law used to thwart homeless helpers targeted


Photo Credit: Ralph Fountain

The case against two women cited while feeding the homeless was delayed after an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union said he would challenge the Las Vegas ordinance in federal court.

City marshals cited Gail Sacco and Lyla Bartholomae on Feb. 19 for having a gathering of 25 people or more at Huntridge Circle Park without a permit. Sacco was told by a marshal that she could not return to the park for six months. If she did, he warned, she would be charged with trespassing.

The two were cited while serving hot food, as they usually do, to the homeless at the park on Maryland Parkway, just south of Charleston Boulevard.

Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel of the ACLU of Nevada, said that he would file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance within a few weeks.

The city's ordinance, he said, was unconstitutionally broad and vague. Under the ordinance, Lichtenstein said, a single protester at a park who attracted a crowd of hecklers could be cited if 25 or more people showed up.

He also said that the practice of banning people from parks goes around the right to due process.

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