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Council Says No on ACLU Settlement

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at 03:38PM

I'm sure there will be a lot more coming on this, but CBS is reporting that City Council has rejected the ACLU/LAPD sidewalk sleeping settlement.

The council's decision, reached on a 10-3 vote during a closed-session meeting, also allows the City Attorney to appeal an April 14 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court ruled 2-1 that a city ordinance banning people from sleeping on city streets could not be implemented as long as there was a shortage of homeless shelter beds in Los Angeles.

Councilmen Jose Huizar, Bill Rosendahl and Jack Weiss cast the dissenting votes.

"The mediated settlement, in my opinion, has no benefits for the city," Councilwoman Jan Perry said during a 30-minute public hearing held before the council discussed the matter behind closed doors.

This is a very interesting turn, and a positive one in my opinion.

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