'Car sleepers' the new US homeless

'Car sleepers' the new US homeless

By Rajesh Mirchandani
BBC News, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara boasts a classic laidback California lifestyle, with uncongested beaches, wholesome cafes and charming Spanish-style architecture.

Of course there's a hefty price tag: nestled between the gentle Santa Ynez mountains and the inviting Pacific Ocean are multi-million dollar homes.

The Homeless Move to BushVille.

The Homeless Move to BushVille.

By Lloyd Hart

This is what I have been watching the wires for, a report revealing the
21st. century Hooverville. As long ago as four years I was a warning
everyone who would listen that there was the worst economic crisis in a
generation coming. The reason I said this is because I saw the suits
do this once before.

Federal Judge Rules City of Fresno Violated the Rights of Homeless Residents

A U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California has ruled that the City of Fresno's practice of immediately seizing and destroying the personal possessions of homeless residents violates the constitutional right of every person to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

"The question is no longer whether the City will have to pay damages to class members, but how much," said attorney Oren Sellstrom of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights. "Given that many homeless people lost everything they owned in these illegal sweeps - including their medicines and items of tremendous sentimental value - we believe the damage award will be significant."

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