Orange County

Supervisors reject tent cities and AB54

HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT on Santa Ana River bank (Flickr/Itenny1225).

A plan to house some homeless people in tent cities in Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Niguel was rejected by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on a 4-0 vote Tuesday morning. Board Chairman and First District Supervisor Andrew Do was not present.

Hundreds of residents from the three communities showed up at the meeting, most of them in opposition to the plan. The intent of the original proposal was to move unsheltered people from encampments on the Santa Ana River Trail to motels, then to the tent cities.

The proposed location for Huntington Beach was on Gothard Street east of Goldenwest Street.

Tuesday’s action will require that the board come up with a new plan for housing the homeless.

Also on Tuesday, the supervisors  voted 4-0 Tuesday to join a federal lawsuit against California’s “sanctuary state” law – AB 54 – which limits local law enforcement in working federal immigration authorities.

The federal government has gone to court to invalidate that and other similar state laws which they contend are unconstitutional.

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