Merced resident Rick McMillion, 70, speaks about how the city has yet to replace the benches it removed from Bob Hart Square in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The city removed the benches in 2014 in an effort to reduce panhandling and to prevent homeless from sleeping on the benches. McMillion opposed the removal of the benches back in 2014 and would like to see the city reinstall them in the square.
Merced resident Rick McMillion, 70, speaks about how the city has yet to replace the benches it removed from Bob Hart Square in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The city removed the benches in 2014 in an effort to reduce panhandling and to prevent homeless from sleeping on the benches. McMillion opposed the removal of the benches back in 2014 and would like to see the city reinstall them in the square. Andrew Kuhn akuhn@mercedsun-star.com
Merced resident Rick McMillion, 70, speaks about how the city has yet to replace the benches it removed from Bob Hart Square in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The city removed the benches in 2014 in an effort to reduce panhandling and to prevent homeless from sleeping on the benches. McMillion opposed the removal of the benches back in 2014 and would like to see the city reinstall them in the square. Andrew Kuhn akuhn@mercedsun-star.com

Merced benches may be coming back. Would they bring the homeless with them?

February 14, 2018 04:32 PM