August 19, 2015
The city of Los Angeles agreed Wednesday to pay $1.1 million to lawyers who successfully challenged a municipal ordinance prohibiting sleeping in vehicles, targeted against homeless people. The fee payout is one of a half-dozen agreements for civil rights disputes against the policing of homeless people.
“They never learn,” said Carol Sobel, who will share the newly awarded fees with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and two other lawyers. “Instead of having money to spend on addressing the real problem of homelessness they are constantly feeding money into the bottomless pit of police suppression.”
The case started after a 2010 police crackdown on 250 homeless people, including several people with disabilities, who were sleeping in their cars on Venice streets during the recession, Sobel said.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)