U.S. District Judge David O. Carter is demanding that local government and activists find a way to help the homeless people living in and along the Santa Ana Riverbed before forcing them out of the site.
He called on OC officials, veterans, women's advocates, and others to offer up solutions for the people living in the riverbed, which has been overtaken by tents, trash, syringes, and human waste.
Attorneys were given two hours to work out a possible solution. If they don't judge Carter said he would go forward with another hearing that could last days and include a visit to the encampments.
"Where is the leadership to get this done in this county potentially? Where is the long-term solution here?"
Judge: you can't make the solution so comfortable that you encourage homelessness.— mollenbeck (@amollenbeckKFI) February 13, 2018
Judge Carter just said the executive branch is probably going to have the right to move homeless people. But all morning he's suggested that money toward housing has to be part of any cleanup of the river trail.— mollenbeck (@amollenbeckKFI) February 13, 2018
Judge Carter said he believes Orange County has enough money to find a solution. OC Supervisor Andrew Do says officials have identified land in Santa Ana that could provide a place for tent-dwellers to move to in the time being.