Orange County Board Reverses Course After Public Outcry Over Homeless Housing Plan
City leaders and residents turned out en masse to protest the proposed shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel.
Orange County Approved — Then Caved — On A Plan To Shelter Homeless People
At an emotional and jam-packed meeting Tuesday, Orange County Supervisors voted to reverse course on a homeless housing plan they passed just last week. That plan, which passed eight days ago on a 4-1 vote, paved the way for potential homeless housing in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel. (Mendelson, 3/27)
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O.C. Supervisors Rescind Vote To Place Homeless Shelters In Irvine, Huntington Beach And Laguna Niguel
The board’s unanimous vote, which undid its March 19 approval of a three-city homeless shelter plan, came at the most crowded supervisorial meeting in recent memory. In attendance were a dozen leaders of those cities and hundreds of jeering residents, including a coordinated legion from Irvine that chartered as many as 20 buses to come voice their united opposition to the project. Hundreds more anti-shelter protestors rallied outside the meeting, chanting, “No tent city!” In all, police estimated nearly 2,000 people were on the scene. (Graham, 3/27)