Homeless being told to leave big California encampment

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are taking steps to shut down a 2-mile-long homeless encampment along a riverbed trail in Southern California.

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 11:24 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are taking steps to shut down a 2-mile-long homeless encampment along a riverbed trail in Southern California.

Orange County sheriff's deputies on Monday began going tent to tent along the Santa Ana River telling people the area will be closed and they need to move.

Undersheriff Joe Barnes says authorities hope to get people to move voluntarily and avoid arrests.

Forty-two-year-old Heather Smith is one of the hundreds of people who live in tents along the riverbed, part of a surge in homelessness on the West Coast. She says she has nowhere to go.

The property along the river is owned by Orange County and in the cities of Anaheim and Orange.

Neighbors have urged the county to close the encampment and restore the trail for jogging and biking.

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