September 13, 2017
HARRINGTON ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING COUNTY DECISION TO CLEAN UP RIVERBED
Orange County — September 13 — Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, a retired Orange County Sheriff's Department sergeant who is running for Sheriff in 2018, applauded the Orange County Board of Supervisors' request that the Sheriff’s Department finally make an effort to clean up the Santa Ana Riverbed and make the bike trail safe again. The Supervisor's' decision comes just days after Harrington’s public call for the Sheriff to take a leadership role on the riverbed homelessness issue.
“The riverbed situation has spiraled out of control and has become a major public safety issue. While I applaud the Board’s actions today, it is inexcusable that the Sheriff and her management allowed this situation to fester on their watch. By enforcing the law we are not “criminalizing the homeless,” we are doing our job. We are not “harassing” people by doing our job, we are providing a safer environment for law abiding citizens.”
As for the Department statement regarding the need to assess the situation, Harrington said, “It is clear they have no idea what is happening with the homeless situation or how to deal with the crisis. I worked the riverbed as a Deputy and as a Sergeant. In 2011 we developed a plan to deal with a very small homeless population but the plan was denied by the administration. Now we are faced with a burgeoning homeless population and unchecked criminal activity. This is what happens when leadership fails to be proactive.”
“On day one as Sheriff I pledge to clean up the riverbed,” Harrington continued.
“Cleaning up the riverbed is just the start and the Board of Supervisors is to be commended for taking this step. We must provide assistance to those who are the most vulnerable, support to those with mental health issues and a firm hand to those who are taking advantage of the anonymity of the encampments to conduct criminal activity.”
Harrington’s op-ed on homelessness urging action earlier this week in the Orange County Register can be found here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/10/leadership-needed-on-riverbed-homeless/
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