“We don’t have sufficient capacity,” said the supervisors’ chairman, Andrew Do. The issue is scheduled to be discussed Tuesday at a federal court hearing with U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, county officials, and city officials from across Orange County.
During this Christmas holiday week, Anaheim resident Mike Robbins, who volunteers with Housing is a Human Right OC and The People’s Homeless Task Force, writes that we should all remember the special ethos of this holiday and ask ourselves whether our government is truly doing the best it can for the weakest among us. Robbins doesn’t think so and is calling on all Orange County residents to engage on their behalf and demand more from their local elected officials.
Mike Robbins, a 56-year Orange County resident who now lives in Anaheim, writes about the recent county push to move homeless encampments along the Santa Ana riverbed, questioning how officials can expect homeless people to move when they don’t have any other housing options.
Mike Robbins, who works with the Anaheim Poverty task force, writes that Mission Viejo leaders should avoid adopting harsh anti-homeless ordinances urging civic leaders to help, rather than harass, those who have fallen on hard times.
The camping ordinance is a revision of the city’s previous camping law, which only addressed sleeping in cars, campers, recreational vehicles and trailers. The new ordinance applies to individuals sleeping anywhere on public property in the city.