...Despite laws that prohibit such behavior, the city says it's not going to stop the camping as long as the campers keep a low profile....
◼ Homeless encampments temporarily set up at Eureka City Hall parking lot
So, the in-your-face setting up in your City Hall Parking Lot is "low profile"? Front page of the newspaper is low profile? Next thing you know the City has a new "Homeless Park" right there, with the City having to order porta-potties and bring in cooking facilities.
Sure raises lots of questions about City liability: How are they cooking? Propane stoves? Hibachis? What happens when one of them gets burned? Where are they going to the bathroom?
It also raises questions about who gets to decide he doesn't like the law and choose to not enforce the ones he doesn't like, while throwing the book at others. If you are going to ignore the law, repeal it. Otherwise, it is Nielsen's job to enforce it. Like it or not.