- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has made it easier to dismantle homeless encampments that supporters say are popping up around the city.

City News Service says the council voted Tuesday to trim the notice time from 36 to 24 hours before removing personal belongings from sidewalks, parks and beaches.

The rules also will ban sidewalk tents during the day, although the homeless can use them at night.

The city must store the belongings it seizes for 90 days.

Supporters say the number of homeless encampments in the city has soared.

Protesters say the city should spend more money on providing housing for the poor than on removing it.

About a dozen people were escorted from the council chamber after noisily disrupting the meeting.

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