Boise City Council approves tougher panhandling law, opponents erupt in anger
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One gentleman referred to Boise City Council members as: "Classless pigs," after voting to enforce stricter panhandling and solicitation laws in the City of Trees Tuesday night.
About 40 protesters gathered outside City Hall before the vote.
"I have no other choice to turn to other resources, whether they be legal or not," homeless citizen William Dilka said. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to make my family survive."
In a 3-1 decision council members made aggressive panhandling on the sidewalk, near an ATM, sidewalk cafe and other locations illegal. Lauren McLean was the only council member to oppose the law which goes into effect in January.
"Donating money via solicitation on the street it often doesn't result in helping that person in a substantive way, City of Boise spokesman Adam Park said."
Some feel the decision discriminates against a portion of this community's population.
"The city of Boise is a people city," Henry Krewer said. "It's not a business city. It's not a gated community. It's for all people."
"No matter where we go we get harassment," Dilka said. "We're just trying to survive until we can make ends meat"
Passive solicitation on sidewalks remains and street performers and sign holders on the sidewalk working for businesses are not infringed upon.
The city council will reevaluate the law in January 2015.