NBA news 2022: Bill Walton ‘chased and assaulted’, slams San Diego mayor for homelessness

NBA legend Bill Walton is challenging San Diego City Hall to get its homelessness crisis under control, calling out Mayor Todd Gloria in multiple forums.

The Voice of San Diego website documented several letters Walton wrote to Mayor Gloria on the issue, including one in which the broadcasting icon said she was assaulted.

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“Once again, as I peacefully rode my bicycle early this Sunday morning in Balboa Park, I was threatened, chased and assaulted by the homeless population, in our park,” Walton wrote in August.

“Again, you did nothing, and you continue to do nothing.”

On August 24, Walton wrote, “You talk about the rights of the (homeless) what about our rights, we follow the rules of a functioning society, why are others allowed to ignore these rules. your inaction is unacceptable, as is the conduct of the homeless population.

Mayor Gloria was elected in 2016.

The past few years have seen an increase in homelessness in many major cities across America, including New York, and it’s a problem San Diego has struggled with for some time.

Along with the letters he wrote, Walton, 69, also went public with his frustrations, calling out Mayor Gloria on Instagram this week for action.

“Sadly, and with a broken heart, I can no longer say my hometown of San Diego is the most beautiful place in the world, I can no longer say SD is a safe, healthy, clean and beautiful place, I can no longer encourage my family, friends, tourists and businesses to come to SD to live, work and play,” Walton wrote.

“I can no longer say our neighborhood for 43 years is still my dream, heartbroken mayor @toddgloria – clean up our city and get our lives back, we need to solve our homelessness crisis, we need commitment , rehabilitation and constant application, and we need it now.

It was the second time in less than a week that he challenged Mayor Gloria on Instagram.

“San Diego Mayor @toddgloria please give us back our park, our bike paths, our neighborhood, our community and our lives,” Walton wrote in a previous entry.

“Homelessness is getting worse instead of better and it costs more to keep people on the streets than to get them out… …We need continued commitment, more shelters -relay, combined with more services and a consistent application, and we need it NOW. ”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

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