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City must pay $134K for targeting homeless

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POSTED January 18, 2013 8:08 p.m.

SAN LUIS OBISPO  (AP) — A judge has ordered a California central coast city to pay $134,000 for targeting homeless people living or sleeping in vehicles.

The money is payment to two attorneys who sued San Luis Obispo who worked to get 99 criminal citations dismissed.

The Tribune of San Luis Obispo says the lawyers claimed a city law prohibiting people from sleeping in their vehicles was unconstitutional. A preliminary injunction stopped the city from issuing the citations.

Attorneys Stewart Jenkins and Saro Rizzo represent the San Luis Obispo Homeless Alliance, which got the citations changed from criminal misdemeanors to parking citations.

Jenkins says the city is now examining positive solutions for people without a roof over their heads.

The City Council will decide next week if it wants to appeal Thursday's ruling.

 

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