Orange County to hire private guards to help enforce riverbed curfew that displaced homeless

Orange County will hire private, unarmed guards to help impose its newly enforced curfew that has displaced homeless people living along long stretches of the Santa Ana River, paying a security firm nearly a half-million dollars annually for those services and other activities.

The Board of Supervisors approved the contract on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at a meeting where dozens of homeless advocates accused supervisors of criminalizing extreme poverty by clearing portions of the riverbed and not...

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