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January 2, 2009
?No good deed goes unpunished.? Like other cities that have offered services, provided tolerance and gone above and beyond to help the homeless, Laguna Beach is being raked over the coals in federal court for failing to help enough. Meanwhile, few other cities in south Orange County offer food and assistance to street-dwellers, preferring to send them on their way ? a lot of the time to Laguna Beach, where they can get meals, fresh clothing, a shower and help to get off the street, if they want it. The ACLU of Southern California and the glittering new dean of UC Irvine?
NEWS
By Gene Gratz | March 13, 2009
I don?t understand why people believe that lawyers who bring public interest lawsuits have some sort of secret malign purpose. It does not seem to occur to Lou Volpano (?Why is Newport law firm suing Laguna?? March 6) that many attorneys, such as those at Irell & Manella in Newport Beach, believe that it is part of their civic duty to lend their time and skills to the resolution of social problems. When I was a young lawyer, for example, I devoted several years of my career to the issue of discrimination in housing against families with children, ultimately obtaining rulings from the California Supreme Court that outlawed the practice.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | June 26, 2009
The ACLU of Southern California has agreed to drop a lawsuit against the city of Laguna Beach over treatment of chronically homeless people, the ACLU announced Thursday. Under the settlement agreement, police will not cite, arrest or harass people under state law for sleeping in public places, as long as there are no public health or safety concerns, the ACLU said in a statement. The agreement also requires the city to “seal, expunge or destroy” citations that were written, and convictions obtained, under the city’s own “anti-sleeping” ordinance, which has been repealed.
NEWS
March 6, 2009
On Feb. 24, when the weather was not cold and raining, after we went to the public library ? which seems to be a homeless hangout ? my daughter-in-law and I took my 2-year-old granddaughter to Heisler Park for a walk. At 10:30 in the morning we were greeted by a drunk publicly urinating into the flowers in full view (all the parts of him we didn?t need to see) and then falling backward in a stupor, drunk on the sidewalk! One of the public safety men collecting money from the parking meters came right over when I talked to him and apologized.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 19, 2009
Folks can’t put up a tent or a umbrella more than six feet wide and six feet tall on public property, but the city will let them sleep there day or night. The City Council on Tuesday repealed an ordinance that prohibited sleeping on public property, including city beaches, from 7 p.m. to 7 am., a law that has been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, claiming the law targeted the city’s homeless. “This is a promising moment,” said resident James Keegan, who brought in a law firm to represent a group of Laguna’s homeless population.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | December 25, 2008
Calling Laguna Beach worthy of “the Scrooge award” and alleging the city “has declared war on the homeless,” the ACLU of Southern California launched Tuesday what representatives say is a historic legal challenge to municipal enforcement of anti-sleeping laws and other measures against homeless disabled people. The ACLU — joined by Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine School of Law — filed the suit Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on behalf of five homeless disabled people who allege mistreatment at the hand of the Laguna Beach Police Department.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | January 22, 2009
Newport Beach bans sleeping in the parks and on the beach. San Clemente doesn’t allow sleeping or waking people in its parks between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Irvine bans sleeping in vehicles parked in the city between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. and no camping overnight in public parks without a permit. Huntington Beach and Dana Point have similar prohibitions. The vast throng of people who flooded Washington D.C. Barack Obama’s inauguration wasn’t allowed to sleep overnight in the National Mall because the nation’s capital allows no camping.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | December 23, 2008
Calling Laguna Beach worthy of “the Scrooge award” and alleging the city “has declared war on the homeless,” the ACLU of Southern California launched Dec. 30 what representatives say is a historic legal challenge to municipal enforcement of anti-sleeping laws and other measures against homeless disabled people. The ACLU — joined by Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine School of Law — filed the suit Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on behalf of five homeless disabled people who allege mistreatment by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
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By Gene Gratz | March 13, 2009
I don?t understand why people believe that lawyers who bring public interest lawsuits have some sort of secret malign purpose. It does not seem to occur to Lou Volpano (?Why is Newport law firm suing Laguna?? March 6) that many attorneys, such as those at Irell & Manella in Newport Beach, believe that it is part of their civic duty to lend their time and skills to the resolution of social problems. When I was a young lawyer, for example, I devoted several years of my career to the issue of discrimination in housing against families with children, ultimately obtaining rulings from the California Supreme Court that outlawed the practice.
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January 2, 2009
?No good deed goes unpunished.? Like other cities that have offered services, provided tolerance and gone above and beyond to help the homeless, Laguna Beach is being raked over the coals in federal court for failing to help enough. Meanwhile, few other cities in south Orange County offer food and assistance to street-dwellers, preferring to send them on their way ? a lot of the time to Laguna Beach, where they can get meals, fresh clothing, a shower and help to get off the street, if they want it. The ACLU of Southern California and the glittering new dean of UC Irvine?
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