Skid Row Group Sues L.A. Over Citation Program, Alleging It’s Unfair to Disabled and Homeless People

Los Angeles City Hall is seen in this file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Los Angeles City Hall is seen in this file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Seven years ago, Los Angeles leaders decided to create a new, alternative system to handle minor violations of the Municipal Code such as drinking in public, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk or letting a dog run off leash.

Under the Administrative Citation Enforcement program, such violators are ticketed and fined instead of facing a criminal charge, avoiding the repercussions of a criminal record.

Now the city is being sued over the program by a skid row group, which argues that the program denies people a chance at a fair hearing where they can present evidence.

The system also provides no chance to seek a lower fine or community service based on financial hardship, according to the lawsuit. And the suit also contends that the program is not accessible to disabled people.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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