“National disgrace”: the Community strikes back, as a California at-risk of homelessness, human waste, needles

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West coast homelessness drives company

Shop owners say they are tired of picking up the needles leave, the addicts, the homeless drug.

The specter of the homeless Camps an ongoing basis on the streets of downtown San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with them, a public health crisis – a southern California community and taking tough action to dismantle a two-mile-long camp is only a short drive from Disneyland.

In a departure from the approach of other local governments in the state, the officials in Orange County, Calif., the bearing– that of moving occupants and evacuation initiated to remove literally tons of garbage and hazardous waste.

“It is always part of the permanent landscape in these communities and there is no way we are going to allow Orange County land to be used, to be occupied by the residents, who said of the homeless”, Todd Spitzer, who sits on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

To move homeless persons to prepare, from their camp along a river bed, in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 20, 2018.


Garbage Trucks, and sub-contractors in hazmat gear descended on the camp and so far away from 250 tons of garbage, the 1100 pounds of human waste and 5,000 needles.

But the effort was not without controversy as homeless advocates, the American Civil Liberties Union and a Federal judge have all weighed in on the fate of some 700 people, the expulsion from their homes along the Santa Ana River adjacent to Angel stadium of Anaheim and just a few miles from Disneyland, near Los Angeles.

Spitzer, whose district includes the camp, fought with the supporters since last fall, when the decision was first in the vicinity of the camp. The ACLU and others filed a federal civil rights lawsuit to stop this, and several visits have followed, up until last week, when the final “go ahead” was given.

Officers can be seen to walk through the homeless camp outside of Angel Stadium at the end of 2017, to move before the mass.


For those that sold, a mediation with U.S. District Court judge David Carter the choice between a bed offered in a shelter or a month-long motel-voucher; medical assistance; medical treatment; training; storage space for their belongings and apartments for Pets at the county animal shelter.

So far 544 people, were moved, staying in shelters and motel rooms and around 100 in the river bed. Teams counted 207 tents, but it is unclear whether they are occupied.

‘This is not going to happen in our County. Our skid is row.’

– Todd Spitzer, Orange County Board of Supervisors

But one option is non-negotiable – the homeless don’t move back to the Santa Ana River channel, paved shoulders, where the inhabitants walk and Bicycle. The river, from the mountains to the sea, is home to much of Orange County groundwater and flows between tax Newport and Huntington beaches. The beach was often closed over the years due to the high number of bacteria.

The officials in the County are aware of how these bearings have the extended in other large California cities.

Los Angeles’ homeless problem has become a thing of the past Skid Row spread to much of the city center The amount of feces will contaminate the led streets in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, to a hepatitis outbreak to infect the whole state of the homeless communities, 694 people. It skipped Orange County.

Spitzer singled out for criticism Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Francisco is the feces problem is so bad, that a website now exists to the residents of those streets to warn. Los Angeles increased in the past year, the taxes for housing for the homeless and has started a mobile toilet program.

Signs were posted on the Orange County homeless camp before the occupants were moved out.


“This will not happen in our County. It is not our skid row,” Spitzer vowed. “We need to be compassionate and empathetic. I all checks to write over the place. But I’m not going to mix this population with owners, are you kidding me?”

Reports from the scene in Orange County largely reflects an orderly movement. Carter called him “a great credit on transparency, humanity,” The Los Angeles Times.

An advocate for the homeless said the same newspaper, they heard the reports of people who do not food get coupons or could not to your goals – but in General, the motion is described as the “better life.”

Around half a million people in the United States are homeless, with California accounting for 25 percent-the largest number of States, according to a survey by the U.S. Department of housing and Urban development. Orange County has 4,792 homeless.

A Los Angeles Times editorial over the weekend, the problem is in the city a “national disgrace.”

Spitzer raises the problem to two problems: the law, signed by democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in recent years, the penalties for drug possession and petty crime eroded, where the police often do not bother arrests; and the change in a law, so that the treatment is not forced, drug abuse, or mental health problems.

This week he wrote a letter to brown urging him to declare a state of emergency over the homeless Problem-and reverse-current forced-treatment laws.

“When I was a Prosecutor, was right behind possession is a crime,” said Spitzer, a former Deputy district attorney. “We would be with the hammer under the law is a crime. We would force someone in to treatment and after successful treatment, the crime would be dismissed. Now look at what we have as a result of the ridiculously short-sighted liberalisation of drug use.”

Tori Richards is a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

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