Ashland takes up camping ban

Ashland's City Council meets tonight to consider whether to drop the city's ban on public camping, at least temporarily.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St. The meeting is open to the public. No public testimony will be taken tonight.

Citations by the Ashland Police Department for illegal camping and trespass have skyrocketed this year, and homeless advocates and the homeless have increasingly protested the city's public camping ban.

Council members on Dec. 7 heard from two dozen people, most of whom asked the city to stop citing the homeless for sleeping in public places. After running out of time to consider the issue, the City Council agreed to take up the topic again tonight.

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