Tuesday, February 13 is vital for re-claiming the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) for use and enjoyment by the public.
County of Orange enforcement efforts have reduced the number of tents in the SART homeless camp by 41% since January 22. Radical homeless advocates are suing in federal court to stop that effort and prevent the County and the cities of Anaheim, Orange and Costa Mesa from enforcing anti-camping and loitering laws on the SART and in city parks.
Judge David O. Carter has called a hearing for February 13th to rule on whether to grant these injunctions. The homeless advocates will be there. Judge Carter also needs to hear from us, the residents, business owners and employees whose neighborhoods, workplaces, safety and quality of life are being harmed by this sprawling encampment.
The hearing is open to the public and begins at 8:00 a.m. in Courtroom 9D on the 9th floor of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building, United States Courthouse, 411 West Fourth Street in Santa Ana.
If you can not attend, please e-mail Judge Carter at:
***Doc_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov*** (you must remove asterisks, and make sure you copy the ENTIRE email address. Clicking the email will not work due to a hyperlink issue, which will cut off the end of the email address)
Email subject line: I support the riverbed cleanup
If you can make it, be respectful and to the point, especially with real-world examples of the negative impacts of the SART camps. Emphasize the importance of allowing our local governments to enforce the law in tandem with offering assistance.
We should help the homeless achieve self-reliance and dignity – if they are willing to accept the help being offered. Sanctioning tent cities is counter-productive, and exempting some from laws the rest of us must obey is unfair and unjust.
For additional information regarding what’s going on, please see this recent article from the O.C Register.
Please also feel free to post the petition URL, to your own social media accounts. URL here.