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October 8, 2012
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In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, a homeless woman rests under a shade tree as children play at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. The posh California coastal town recently passed a law banning patrons from lounging on furniture in its public libraries, having poor personal hygiene or emitting an odor bothers others. The ordinances are the latest in a rash of law-making in Orange County cities that some see as thinly veiled attacks on the homeless. But lawmakers defend the policies as necessary to ensure safety, protect public property and guarantee access to communal spaces.

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In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, homeless people rest under shade trees at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. The posh California coastal town recently passed a law banning patrons from lounging on furniture in its public libraries, having poor personal hygiene or emitting an odor bothers others. The ordinances are the latest in a rash of law-making in Orange County cities that some see as thinly veiled attacks on the homeless. But lawmakers defend the policies as necessary to ensure safety, protect public property and guarantee access to communal spaces.

Chris Carlson photo

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, Don Matyja, a homeless Army veteran poses for a picture at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. The posh California coastal town recently passed a law banning patrons from lounging on furniture in its public libraries, having poor personal hygiene or emitting an odor bothers others. The ordinances are the latest in a rash of law-making in Orange County cities that some see as thinly veiled attacks on the homeless. But lawmakers defend the policies as necessary to ensure safety, protect public property and guarantee access to communal spaces.

Chris Carlson photo

In this photo taken Oct. 6, 2012, Don Matyja, a homeless Army veteran poses for a picture with his dog Tyson at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. The posh California coastal town recently passed a law banning patrons from lounging on furniture in its public libraries, having poor personal hygiene or emitting an odor bothers others. The ordinances are the latest in a rash of law-making in Orange County cities that some see as thinly veiled attacks on the homeless. But lawmakers defend the policies as necessary to ensure safety, protect public property and guarantee access to communal spaces.

Chris Carlson photo

In this photo taken Oct. 6, 2012, Don Matyja, a homeless Army veteran walks his dog Tyson at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. The posh California coastal town recently passed a law banning patrons from lounging on furniture in its public libraries, having poor personal hygiene or emitting an odor bothers others. The ordinances are the latest in a rash of law-making in Orange County cities that some see as thinly veiled attacks on the homeless. But lawmakers defend the policies as necessary to ensure safety, protect public property and guarantee access to communal spaces.