Occupy Santa Ana was back at the Santa Ana Civic Center yesterday to protest the ticketing of homeless individuals for camping over night. The protest is meant to call attention to the need for more emergency shelter beds for the homeless in Orange County.
As the county seat of government, and second largest city, Santa Ana’s Civic Center is a magnet for the homeless. For decades the city has been wrestling with the problem of homelessness with little progress. The City’s most notable accomplishment was in 1992 when Santa Ana passed its anti-camping ordinance in order to eradicate the tent city set up by the homeless in the Civic Center.