Residents throughout the city, especially those living near various city waterways, in recent years asked for help in getting rid of homeless encampments. Some are concerned their children can’t walk to school without going through these encampments. Others worry about trash, health hazards, fights, potential burglaries and even fires.
Recent news reports suggest that inhabitants of nearby homeless encampments may have caused a series of four fires within 24 hours in Kelly Park. However, at press time, the San Jose Fire Department was conducting an investigation.