If Orange County Can’t Come Up With Plan For Homeless, Judge Threatens To Ban Anti-Camping Ordinances
Officials had removed residents of a homeless encampment along the Santa Ana river trail, but has been struggling to come up with a permanent solution for their relocation.
Los Angeles Times:
Judge Threatens To Bar O.C. From Enforcing Anti-Camping Laws If It Can't Shelter Homeless
The political crisis over homelessness in Orange County approached a crucial moment Tuesday as a federal judge raised the prospect of barring local governments from enforcing anti-camping ordinances if officials cannot create temporary shelters for hundreds being swept out of tent cities. The county for weeks has been struggling to find locations to place the homeless after removing them from an encampment along the Santa Ana River. A plan to place temporary shelters in Irvine, Laguna Niguel and Huntington Beach died amid loud protests from residents last week, and the problem is expected to get worse as officials move to clear out another tent city at the Santa Ana Civic Center. (Fry, 4/3)