The OC Commission to End Homelessness voted to encourage the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to give the County and the City of Santa Ana more time to address the city’s concerns, with regard to turning a vacant bus station in downtown Santa Ana into a shelter for the homeless, according to the O.C. Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach’s blog.
Moorlach wrote that “The original recommendation was simply to encourage the County to purchase the Santa Ana Transit Station. In an effort to provide good dialogue, I did reach out to Acting City Manager Paul Walters earlier this week to inform him of the agenda item at this morning’s meeting (Paul is also a member of the Commission). You can see from the Voice of OC what happened after the heads up. For the record, I abstained on the vote because I am on the Board of Supervisors and the Board of OCTA.”
Moorlach referenced a Voice of OC article that revealed that Walters had emailed several local residents and business leaders in advance of the meeting, to encourage them to show up at and speak at the meeting, about the city’s concerns.
According to the Voice of OC, “The only dependable sources of emergency shelter for those who suddenly find themselves homeless or who do not fit into programs run by county charities are the winter shelters at the National Guard armories in Santa Ana and Fullerton. For the past two years, those shelters have been threatened with early closure as federal funds run short.”
Why not shelter the homeless at the Orange County Great Park? They have plenty of room. I am sure the OCTA could arrange for free bus trips to the Great Park.
Santa Ana has borne almost the entire burden of helping the homeless in Orange County for far too long. It is time for other cities to step up to the plate.
There are in fact plenty of open spaces in Moorlach’s district that could house the homeless. Why not set up a tent city in Huntington Beach? What is Moorlach’s district doing to help the homeless right now? Nothing! Heaping more of that responsiblity on Santa Ana is not fair.