With so many remote local government meetings on the horizon, and so many technical glitches on the part of the county and cities regarding public comment, there’s a rising tide of worry. Some are calling for delays on public planning hearings, like tonight’s debate on a controversial building project in Santa Ana called One Broadway Plaza, until video and audio feeds at city council and other public chambers are adapted for remote viewing audiences.
Orange County leaders this week unveiled a $40 million, 60,000 square foot mental health campus in Orange aimed at radically shifting regional homelessness spending away from local police and more toward mental health treatment.
U.S. District Judge David O. Carter will decide at 8 a.m. Tuesday whether the county can immediately begin evicting all homeless people from the Santa Ana riverbed or, as the county requested over the weekend, let the evictions go forward in stages to address a bottleneck in booking motel rooms for the homeless people.
Federal Judge David O. Carter began walking the length of the entire Santa Ana River homeless camp before sunrise Wednesday getting a firsthand look at the sprawling camp, stopping to talk with homeless people and even pulling trash out of the river.
Federal Judge David. O Carter halted the county’s Santa Ana riverbed homeless evictions late Tuesday night when he ordered the County of Orange and Anaheim, Orange and Costa Mesa to stop enforcing anti-camping and trespass laws along the riverbed.
U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered a federal court hearing Feb. 13 that could temporarily stop the county’s eviction of the homeless from the Santa Ana Riverbed after attorney Brooke Weitzman filed a lawsuit against the county and requested a temporary restraining order.
Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with officers from the probation and parole departments, stepped up eviction efforts along the Santa Ana riverbed homeless encampment Thursday, checking for people with outstanding warrants.
Mark Denny, a former political aide who has served as Orange County’s chief operating officer since 2013, is leaving his county job on Thursday to take a position with the city of Dana Point, according to county officials.