- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will block enforcement of new measures that make it easier to dismantle homeless encampments until the City Council softens some provisions.

The council voted last week to trim the notice time from 36 to 24 hours before removing personal belongings from sidewalks, parks and beaches as well as banning sidewalk tents during the day. Violators could be ticketed or charged with a misdemeanor.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1NvZAs0 ) that Garcetti said in a statement Tuesday that he supports laws to keep public areas clean and safe but does not think the current ordinances protect the rights of homeless people.

Proposed amendments would drop the misdemeanor penalty, eliminate medications and documents from the list of items that could be impounded and define when property is considered unattended.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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