Boyd persuaded the council to create a Homeless Task Force, and on which he and Iseman served. Fourteen of the task forces’ recommended solutions for solving the homeless issues were approved by the council, well before a lawsuit was filed Dec. 23, 2008, by the American Civil Liberties Union, a Newport Beach legal firm and the dean of UC Irvine’s neophyte law school. The suit claimed that the city’s anti-sleeping ordinances amounted to unconstitutional harassment through illegal “sweeps,” subjecting the homeless population to middle-of-the-night interrogations and citations.
Locally, eyes rolled and heads were shaken. Lagunans are used to thinking of themselves as the good guys, not Scrooges, as one ACLU spokesman called the city administration, council and police.
During his term as mayor in 2009, Boyd named an Advisory Committee on Homelessness to implement the task force recommendations, again calling on Iseman as his partner.