One week after the Sacramento City Council passed an ordinance allowing nighttime homeless camping on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Steinberg and his staff are being decontaminated on their way in to work each morning.
The city hazmat procedure comes a year after the homeless were prohibited from camping on the County Courthouse steps due to unsanitary conditions.
“It would be cruel and unusual to force the homeless to endure the degrading decontamination procedure,” said a female staff member who asked for anonymity. “So we’re doing that for them. After all, what are public servants for?”
Some staff members are choosing to wear hazmat suits all day long instead of being decontaminated.
“It’s just easier to work in a plastic suit than stand in a shower of harsh chemicals,” said a male staffer. “Plus, I don’t have to get dressed in the morning. You can’t even tell I’m wearing my pajamas underneath.”
It’s unknown how long the procedure will be enforced, but Mayor Steinberg said he hopes to end it before summer temperatures expose staffers to life threatening heat exhaustion.