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Orange County can't agree on where to move hundreds of homeless people

County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.
Officials in Orange County began moving homeless transients out of the homeless tent encampments to shelters or motels as part of the settlement worked out by homeless advocates and the county under supervision of a federal court judge. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.

After hundreds of people were moved from homeless camps in the Santa Ana River into motels, the plan was to then move them into temporary housing in Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Niguel. The problem is that all of these cities have said they don’t want those shelters there.

After hundreds of people were moved from homeless camps in the Santa Ana River into motels, the plan was to then move them into temporary housing in Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Niguel.

The problem is that leaders of those cities have said they don’t want those shelters there.

Today, supervisors representing districts that include Laguna Niguel and Huntington Beach plan to introduce a plan to nix the three-city homeless plan.

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett is also planning to propose a plan for one 400-bed homeless shelter in Irvine, which is drawing protest from residents.

So who has the legal high ground, the cities or the county? What is the legal path forward for establishing a shelter (or shelters) in Orange County?

Guests:

Norberto Santana, publisher of “Voice of OC,” a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on civics and government in Orange County since 2009; he tweets

Brooke Weitzman, attorney at the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center, a Santa Ana-based organization that provides affordable legal services to the elderly and those with disabilities 

Christopher Campbell, attorney at Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger in Irvine, an employment and labor law firm with offices throughout California

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