Santa Ana City Council to Address Homeless Problem Around Civic Center

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Bonnie and Dennis Smith used to camp out near the Santa Ana Treasury building, only to be told by police to move to the area around the Civic Center.

So they settled on a corner at the center's Plaza of the Flags, spending part of each day protecting their space. About 70 other homeless people spread their belongings nearby.

"There's always talk that they could move us," Dennis said.

That could happen soon if the Santa Ana City Council this week declares the area's homeless encampment a "public health crisis."

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