Orange County homeless encampment leads to lawsuit with high stakes for communities

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A 3-mile stretch of biking trails along the Santa Ana Riverbed near Angel Stadium has long been an encampment site for Anaheim’s homeless population.

Over the past three years, however, the site’s population has increased exponentially. Estimates now put the homeless population along the riverbed path at between 500 and 1,000.

On Jan. 22, the county began clearing out the camp. The idea was to prevent a health crisis like the Hepatitis C outbreak caused by unsanitary conditions at a homeless camp last year in San Diego.

The effort to break up the Anaheim camp, though, was halted by …

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