RIVERSIDE — Four homeless people were arrested Thursday for refusing to leave the county Administration Building, where they made a symbolic request for permanent shelter and refused an offer of a night in a hotel.
"What we want is not just one night of shelter, but some place where several hundred people can go on a regular basis," said protest organizer Arlene Hayes, wife of homeless activist Ted Hayes.
"We think the county must live up to its mandate to care for the poor and indigent," she said.
Police Lt. Terry Osborne said three men and one woman were arrested without incident on suspicion of trespassing in refusing to leave the County Administrative Office at 4080 Lemon St. at closing time.
Cited and Released
The four, Ron Bell, 28, Shirely Moore, 46, Mark Studer, 25, and Ronald Hicks, 21, were cited at the police station and released.