Santa Ana filed a lawsuit this week against Orange County and three South County cities, alleging the communities are dumping their homeless in Santa Ana and not doing their fair share to provide shelters.
In a complaint filed Monday, Jan. 13, in federal court, Santa Ana sued Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, in addition to the county, saying that homeless people are taken to Santa Ana for shelter and then left there when their temporary housing ends. Others are brought to Santa Ana “and ultimately abandoned,” the lawsuit alleges.
“Regardless of the intent as to how or why homeless individuals are brought to Santa Ana, the impact is severe and burdens its residents,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from the county as reimbursement for money spent on homeless services. The lawsuit also seeks a ruling prohibiting the county and the three cities from transporting people who are homeless to the Santa Ana Armory, an emergency shelter that operates during winter months.
Asked to respond to the lawsuit, Orange County officials forwarded comments Tuesday from Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, who slammed the city and called the lawsuit “political grandstanding.”