While Homelessness Surges in Disneyland’s Shadow, Anaheim Removes Bus Benches

Victor Gutierrez, 43, left, who is homeless and sleeps in his automobile, hangs out under a bus shelter while people board and exit an Orange County Transit Authority bus at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue in Anaheim. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Sweat rolled down Ron Jackson’s face as he pondered, as he does every day just steps from “the Happiest Place on Earth,” where he would sleep.

The homeless man’s hangout in Anaheim had until recently been a grimy bus bench across the street from Disneyland.

Then, one day, the benches around the amusement park — including his regular spot outside of a 7-Eleven at Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue — disappeared.

Soon, people were competing for pavement.

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