Promoters Hope Loud Noises Will Move the Homeless Away from San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 02 May 2012 22:50:12 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- It's not unusual to hear loud music pouring out of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium during rock concerts at the venue on San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza but now new, less musical sounds are filling the area all night.

Another Planet Entertainment, the promoter that works out of the auditorium has set up loudspeakers that play loud noises for as long as ten hours all night long to encourage the chronic homeless to find another place to sleep.

"Chainsaws, jackhammers, sirens, motorcycle revving, and other obnoxious noises," homeless resident Oscar McKinney tells KRoN 4's Kate Thompson.  "You can hear it 500 to 1,000 yards away."

The noises have been playing all night now for several days.  That follows another attempt to improve safety and reduce homeless populations around the nearby library building.

City officials say many of the men and women who camp out at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium are chronic homeless who refuse to go to shelters.  Social workers plan to return to the area Thursday night to try to move some of the transients into one of the ten stabilization beds made available at nearby single-room occupancy hotels in the Tenderloin.

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