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November 9, 2001 | DALONDO MOULTRIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, 23-year-old Marshon Kincy's life was far simpler. He was working for the Census Bureau and, along with his girlfriend, was raising their infant daughter, Malaysia. After he spent five days in jail for an old ticket for riding the subway without paying, his girlfriend returned to Belize and things began falling apart. Kincy had depended in part on her income and, without it, the newly single parent and his daughter were left homeless.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles and other cities are barred by the U.S. Constitution from randomly seizing and destroying property the homeless temporarily leave unattended on city streets, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday. Upholding a court order against Los Angeles, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the personal possessions the homeless leave for a short time on city sidewalks may be taken only if the possessions pose an immediate threat to public safety or health or involve criminal evidence.
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May 1, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short on judicial majesty but long on streetwise practicality, Homeless Court is in session. "No one is going to jail this afternoon," Superior Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr. assures three-dozen people waiting nervously on folding chairs at the city's largest homeless shelter. "We're here to work with you."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2011 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
He stood at the gate to his United Airlines flight, ready to head home to Chicago after two years on the streets of Costa Mesa. Jose Zamora might not have been there but for the man standing next to him, who had come to see him off at John Wayne Airport. Julian Trevino, a Costa Mesa police officer, not only helped Zamora get an identification card but also helped him contact a sister to buy the $485 ticket home. Soon Zamora, 50, would rejoin his family and see his granddaughter for the first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge plans to open an outreach court to connect the homeless with mental health services, job training and legal counsel under one roof in hopes of saving money and reducing criminal recidivism. "We've been filling our prisons with the mentally ill, and that's not working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000
Ten homeless men on Los Angeles' skid row got a chance for a brighter future last week under an innovative program modeled after a successful San Diego scheme. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan drove the few blocks from the downtown Criminal Courts Building to the Union Rescue Mission to gavel the city's first homeless court to order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A thin man with a ruddy face and beat-up shoes shuffles to the front of the makeshift courtroom, removing a worn red baseball cap as he takes his seat. Nervously, he eyes Ventura County Superior Court Judge John E. Dobroth as the jurist thumbs through a stack of yellow sheets listing the homeless man's numerous citations for public drunkenness, illegal camping and other minor crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2009 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills might seem a world away from urban ills like homelessness, but it could become the first city in Los Angeles County to dismiss parking citations for homeless people. The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday to approve the creation of a "parking ticket forgiveness program" for homeless or formerly homeless individuals or people who are at risk of becoming homeless. The 5-0 vote came on a first reading; the council must approve the measure on a second reading for it to take effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Instead of sitting on a mahogany bench in an ornate courtroom, Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan held court Monday from a folding table in a stark homeless mission on Los Angeles' skid row. Spectators sat on blue plastic chairs. Every defendant--22 in all--who stood before Judge Tynan had the charges against them dismissed. All the defendants also happened to be formerly homeless. "I might shed a few tears before this is over," Tynan warned shortly after calling the makeshift court to order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2011 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
He stood at the gate to his United Airlines flight, ready to head home to Chicago after two years on the streets of Costa Mesa. Jose Zamora might not have been there but for the man standing next to him, who had come to see him off at John Wayne Airport. Julian Trevino, a Costa Mesa police officer, not only helped Zamora get an identification card but also helped him contact a sister to buy the $485 ticket home. Soon Zamora, 50, would rejoin his family and see his granddaughter for the first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2009 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills might seem a world away from urban ills like homelessness, but it could become the first city in Los Angeles County to dismiss parking citations for homeless people. The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday to approve the creation of a "parking ticket forgiveness program" for homeless or formerly homeless individuals or people who are at risk of becoming homeless. The 5-0 vote came on a first reading; the council must approve the measure on a second reading for it to take effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge plans to open an outreach court to connect the homeless with mental health services, job training and legal counsel under one roof in hopes of saving money and reducing criminal recidivism. "We've been filling our prisons with the mentally ill, and that's not working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2001 | DALONDO MOULTRIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, 23-year-old Marshon Kincy's life was far simpler. He was working for the Census Bureau and, along with his girlfriend, was raising their infant daughter, Malaysia. After he spent five days in jail for an old ticket for riding the subway without paying, his girlfriend returned to Belize and things began falling apart. Kincy had depended in part on her income and, without it, the newly single parent and his daughter were left homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A thin man with a ruddy face and beat-up shoes shuffles to the front of the makeshift courtroom, removing a worn red baseball cap as he takes his seat. Nervously, he eyes Ventura County Superior Court Judge John E. Dobroth as the jurist thumbs through a stack of yellow sheets listing the homeless man's numerous citations for public drunkenness, illegal camping and other minor crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG and ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge said Friday that she plans to issue a temporary restraining order barring police from harassing the homeless on Los Angeles' skid row. Officers would be prohibited from stopping homeless people at random, demanding their identification and threatening them with arrest, according to a draft of U.S. District Judge Lourdes G. Baird's pending order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000
Ten homeless men on Los Angeles' skid row got a chance for a brighter future last week under an innovative program modeled after a successful San Diego scheme. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan drove the few blocks from the downtown Criminal Courts Building to the Union Rescue Mission to gavel the city's first homeless court to order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles and other cities are barred by the U.S. Constitution from randomly seizing and destroying property the homeless temporarily leave unattended on city streets, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday. Upholding a court order against Los Angeles, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the personal possessions the homeless leave for a short time on city sidewalks may be taken only if the possessions pose an immediate threat to public safety or health or involve criminal evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The California Supreme Court's decision Monday to uphold Santa Ana's plan to rid its parks of homeless campers will more easily allow Ventura to outlaw the same behavior, local police and city officials said. Police Capt. Randy Adams said the ruling validates his department's plan to strengthen Ventura's outdated camping law, which he said does not give officers enough authority to evict homeless campers from public parks. "The crux of the issue is fairness," Adams said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Instead of sitting on a mahogany bench in an ornate courtroom, Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan held court Monday from a folding table in a stark homeless mission on Los Angeles' skid row. Spectators sat on blue plastic chairs. Every defendant--22 in all--who stood before Judge Tynan had the charges against them dismissed. All the defendants also happened to be formerly homeless. "I might shed a few tears before this is over," Tynan warned shortly after calling the makeshift court to order.
NEWS
May 1, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short on judicial majesty but long on streetwise practicality, Homeless Court is in session. "No one is going to jail this afternoon," Superior Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr. assures three-dozen people waiting nervously on folding chairs at the city's largest homeless shelter. "We're here to work with you."
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