ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city has declared an emergency over a growing number of homeless people living on the streets, and especially along a popular riverbed trail.

The Orange County Register reports the Anaheim City Council approved the measure unanimously early Wednesday after hearing hours of public comments.

Councilwoman Kris Murray, who introduced the resolution called Operation Home Safe, said the situation is creating a crisis in the community.

A goal of the measure is to attempt to relocate the homeless and discourage people from settling along the Santa Ana River trail, which is used for biking, jogging and horseback riding. Police will step up patrols starting Friday.

Residents say the area has been overrun by drug users and violent transients. Those camping out there say officials don't understand their plight.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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