From the Monterey County Weekly: The parking lot of the El Dorado Motel looks like a playground. A couple of kids play catch while adults look on from chairs propped outside their rooms. A boy races his scooter noisily over the pavement as a car pulls in from the busy street. This Salinas motel on North Main Street is more than a stopover for tourists and passersby. For these children, and many others like them, it’s home.
And on Aug. 6, more than a dozen parents and some kids crammed into a one-bedroom room at the motel for the first meeting of the El Dorado Parents Club.
Many of the attendees had learned of the meeting from fliers handed out in nearby motels. Between them, they represent more than 60 kids, including relatives’ children and grandchildren. Kids who live in motels, or unconventional places like cars and garages, are classified homeless because their living conditions aren’t considered adequate under law.