Santa Monica settles lawsuit over treatment of homelessSanta Monica has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the city’s treatment of the homeless, and a federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed the suit.
But no details will be available until June 8, when the City Council is scheduled to approve the resolution and report it publicly.
In July 2009, the ACLU of Southern California filed a civil rights suit against Santa Monica, saying police routinely violated homeless people's constitutional rights and the Americans With Disabilities Act by harassing and arresting them even as the city failed to provide sufficient shelter beds.
When the suit was filed, ACLU legal director Mark Rosenbaum said: “Santa Monica is effectively running a deportation program for the homeless.” The suit was similar to previous legal challenges against Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara that Rosenbaum said had resulted in policy changes that have helped the homeless.
Read the Los Angeles Times report here.