New law to permit some public sleeping on city property

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A city northeastern Oregon will soon allow people to sleep outside on city-owned property, provided it’s not in a park, parking lot, alley or sidewalk and within a designated eight-hour time period. The East Oregonian reports the Pendleton City Council this week passed an ordinance establishing rules for temporary rest on public property. It attempts to create restrictions to homeless camping on public property, while complying with recent federal court decisions that made it illegal to punish people for public sleeping unless there is an alternative option. American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon interim legal director Kelly Simon told the newspaper the ordinance remains punitive at its core.