Orange County moves to close homeless riverbed camp

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Orange County officials are putting hundreds of homeless camped out along a dusty riverbed near Angel Stadium on notice: they have to move out starting in two weeks.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun says formal notices were posted at the encampment on Monday.

Braun says deputies will give tent-dwellers reasonable time to move. She says the county will provide transportation to area shelters and storage for personal belongings.

The two-mile stretch of tents sprang up in recent years on a bike trail along the Santa Ana River amid a rise in homelessness in West Coast cities.

Homeless advocates say the decision will simply push people to sleep in parks and on sidewalks.

Neighbors have been urging officials to close the encampment and restore the trail for biking and hiking.

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