Same idea I proposed 20 years ago. Bring back the trolley (historic cars). Build massive anchor parking lots at either end, and run it down the Esplanade, down First, curve along campus, and down Salem, cross through to Park, and build a large conference center there, continue down to the 20th Street corridor. That supports Enloe, downtown, the college, and brings tourism dollars which are cleaner than many dollars. It builds and brings infrastructure and would help bolster the Park Avenue Corridor. I would drop the convention center in the four block campus near the old Junk store and old FairView campus was, near the old Taylors. You would then revitalize large areas of town, and address traffic and parking while building back into our history.
It won't resolve the issue, but it could create a snowball effect that could give California the consumers and labor force we need. It's been proposed and enacted elsewhere. No cannabis drug test, no interview, just sign up and work for pay at the end of a shift. A hot meal means the world to a homeless person and people want to work. If they don't want to work, that's a mental health issue guaranteed. A common symptom of anhedonia is lack of desire to do anything, let alone work. Anhedonia is experienced by people with severe depression. Perhaps a requirement for the program is to participate in mental health services provided by behavioral health and maybe a bus pass so they can attend groups and counseling.