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Homeless Advocate Ends Hunger Strike

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Aired 4/19/09

A homeless advocate has stopped the fast he began two weeks ago to protest ticketing of homeless people sleeping on San Diego streets. Meanwhile San Diego’s city attorney says his office will meet with Los Angeles officials to try to find an alternative to issuing so-called "illegal lodging” tickets.   

Homeless advocate Larry Milligan says he called an end to his fast after the hospital told him his health was in dangered.  However Milligan  still maintains the city is in violation of a ninth circuit court of appeals ruling that ticking the homeless in Los Angeles is cruel and unusual punishment, since there are not enough shelter beds to provide an alternative to the streets.  City Attorney Mike Aguirre says San Diego is working with Los Angeles to find a solution.

Aguirre: The Los Angeles city attorney's office and the police department in L.A. are having a meeting with the head of our criminal division and our police advisory attorneys and representatives from our police department to see if we can come up with a coordinated strategy of how to deal with this problem.

However the San Diego Police Department  denies they have a meeting planned with Los Angeles. They say San Diego is not violating the law. Alison St John,  KPBS News

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