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Laguna Beach rescinds anticamping ordinance

February 19, 2009|Susannah Rosenblatt

City officials in Laguna Beach voted unanimously Tuesday night to repeal the city's anticamping ordinance, which banned sleeping or camping overnight in public parks and on beaches.

A lawsuit against the city brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in December decried the policy as "harassing" and "intimidating" to the homeless.

A city committee is examining whether to pass a new ordinance governing sleeping outside.

Police have not enforced the ordinance for about a year, according to city staff. Local officials are in talks with the ACLU to resolve the lawsuit.

An estimated 50 homeless people live in Laguna Beach, city officials say.

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