Needle Count: 4,065 Needles, 115 Tons of Debris Cleaned From SART Homeless Camp

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The County of Orange has released the latest statistics from its ongoing effort to clean-up and clear-out the sprawling homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River Trail. Between January 22 and February 9:

  • Over 115 tons of debris have been removed from the project area,
  • Approximately 4,065 needles have been collected, and
  • 27 individuals have been transitioned to a shelter (14 to the Courtyard, 2 to Bridges at Kraemer Place, 1 to the Orange County Armory, 10 to non-County shelters).

For some reason, the County is no longer publishing the statistic for human waste collected.

Some hard-core homeless advocates contend these are all insulin needles. Then again, several weeks ago homeless advocate Muhammed Aly told this writer – with a straight face – that none of the bicycles in the SART homeless encampment are stolen but are purchased by the homeless with Social Security or disability payments.

According to Supervisor Andrew Do, the number of tents in the section of the SART between Ball Road/Taft Avenue and Memory Lane has declined from about 500 on January 22 to approximately 291 tents on February 9.

Contrary to the claims of homeless advocates, the County of Orange “still has 250 beds available at the Courtyard Transitional Center, Bridges at Kraemer Place, and the seasonal Armory Shelters in Santa Ana and Fullerton for those who voluntarily transition out of the Santa Ana Riverbed Trail in addition to providing links to wraparound services,” according to Do’s office.

Since no good deed goes unpunished, federal Judge David O. Carter granted the request by a radical Santa Monica attorney to issue a temporary injunction halting enforcement activity along the Santa Ana Riverbed Trail.

“I am disappointed that the judge did not wait until the hearing on February 13th to be able to hear all that the County has available and offered to those living on the riverbed,” said Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Andrew Do. “We have beds available at all of our shelters and armories. Anyone living on the riverbed who is willing to accept help has received help.”

Earlier that same day, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept more than $12.5 million in federal and state grants to address homelessness, including:

  • $9.7 million Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant which will continue to fund existing Continuum of Care programs,
  • Over $650,000 in Homeless Assistance grants from HUD, and
  • $2.1 million Housing and Disability Advocacy Program grant from the state, that will assist disabled individuals who are experiencing homelessness, provide assistance for applying for disability benefit programs, and provide housing assistance.

This is in addition to $3,394,944 for services dedicated to helping homeless individuals, approved at the January 23, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting.


  1. There is nothing left to say. If all of those beds are available, most of them kick out folks in the morning with
    that nothing to do. With all that money that seems to be available, buy some property, put some shelter up and move the folks there. I wish I had close to 15 million dollars for services. Just get a clue that there are folks that just do not want services. Keep the judges and lawyers out of this issue.

  2. Not only are bike stolen but I’m aware that stolen bikes are being bought by retail stores and resold as used. I know this because on such establishment tried to “resell” a stolen bike to its rightful owner. It was only after the bike’s owner asked the proprietor of the store to remove the bike seat – revealing a photocopy of the owners drivers license stashed in the seat pipe – that the bike was returned. The owner should have called the police. This is basically organized crime being run in our city under guise of homeless advocacy.

  3. Create a (Hooverville) in the desert and bus them out there. You have to hold them in the riverbed until a solution is found. We do not want them pushed out and then riming our businesses and homes in Anaheim. Pitching their tents I our parking lots and leaving their needles. I agree with the order…. I may not agree with the technical concept. But we don’t want them roaming by our homes, businesses and schools. It doesn’t matter if there are beds and shelters – they aren’t there because there are rules. They want to stay up all night and do drugs and sleep during the day. (Answer) – bus them to the desert and make a community and lock them in.

    • Rightly said, A. I agree with you and WackAMole, to some extent. Closing the camp and just pointing the occupants towards the Sunset will only cause more problems. They have to go somewhere and that somewhere is dispersed throughout the municipality, thus creating new flash-points throughout. I, along with several other observers, have been watching the Citie’s Curcus Act for years and extraction plans have come and gone without realizing any measurable success.

      The same methodology has been spouted by the County Supervisors’s, primarily Todd Spitzer, claiming a grandiose plan that would solve the indigent problem permanently. His notion is, by securing facilities with enough resources to house those with medical\mental health conditions and to shove the bulk of the burden towards neighboring jurisdictions has failed to take root as well. As a matter of fact, all of the proposals to date have petered-out. and swept benieth the carpets of City Hall and the County Board of Supervisor’s office.

      So, from my point-of-view, keep the homeless isolated where they are until the elections, whereby new leadership can prioritize an exicutionableI, longterm solution to get those that want services to get them and for those that are healthy but have criminal backgrounds and those that have chosen the vagabond lifestyle, can be processed thru the Justice System.. Although this recommendation is clearly not ideal, however, as an interim measure, will provide life-preservers for the disjointed authorities responsible to fix things.

      As those affected by the critical mass of missfit’s and those watching for any attempt by authorities to simply shuffle them off into the knocks and crannies of their domaine, have already started thier chant of NIMBY. I wish you the City Councle of Anaheim, good hunting and the manifestation of a miracle in delivering a strategy that will be adhered to thru fruition.

    • How about reopening Alcatraz as a homeless community and then ship the homeless who just want to wander and do drugs to Alcatraz?

  4. There aren’t any words I can say strong enough to describe the disgust I have for the inevitable future consequences the advocates are causing. The disease, the ecological problems, and the now the entitled attitude of the transients to squat wherever they want, and being defended by ignorant people have created a whole new set of problems. 10 years from now you will see.

    Good luck Anaheim.

    • The consequences are already here. The advocates are doing more harm than good but they couldn’t care less. How many of them have opened up their homes? Or shelled out $$ for a motel room? How many have they taken off the streets? They continue to push for policies that ruin our quality of life and destroy our public spaces.

  5. All they’ve done is perpetuated the problem.

  6. As I drove today for lunch, I passed so many dining establishments and new construction in other areas.
    This whole city is run terrible.

    I’m sick of it. I’m so totally sick of it.
    Sick of seeing the transients, debris, disrespect and crap businesses.

  7. Are there any positive comments out there or just the same complainers, that don’t ever help!

  8. Its nice funds are obtainable, and the county voted to accept them. But I can’t help but wonder, given “red” ink financial status of the Federal government how can they offer grants?

    Nevertheless, the relevant issue is the majority of homeless folks have made it clear, for various reasons, they don’t want anyone’s help if it comes with having to accept responsibilities that go along with getting off the streets and improving their lives.

    That can ONLY mean Anaheim and aligned cities, as well as the County, have to take aggressive action to remove encampments, as that’s their job. Trying to find the answer to “where to move the homeless too?” should NOT be the reason for halting the removal of encampments; as they are separate issues. First is the responsibility of city and country, the latter question can only be the responsibility of each homeless person; NOT liberal advocates to assume. It’s no wonder open beds still exist as homeless don’t want them, and advocates ignore those facts, as facts or truth doesn’t fit their agenda.

    As for the syringes in the bucket, being a Type 2 insulin injecting diabetic, the long narrow orange caps are needle covers, like the ones that come on my syringes. I don’t doubt there are homeless people with diabetes, but they are far less likely to throw syringes on the ground, especially if they have to reuse them. Drug addicts, on the other hand, don’t care.

    Though empathy, healthcare, and safety are essential to all of us, there are limits. Appearances suggest Homeless advocates are so hung up on chasing empathy; whether it’s effective, hinders or even if homeless don’t give a squat, they remain oblivious; and they like to see themselves the intellectuals too. LOL It’s nauseating to watch as they do what they do best, run in place, mislead others and obstruct, forcing city’s, counties, even the Federal government to spend money that doesn’t exist. To that end, advocates will go to any lengths and geographical areas as far away as Santa Monica, to obstruct progress in Anaheim. Disturbing Behavior, at the very least.

  9. dear homeless advocates: the needles are for slamming black tar heroin. In order to do this they have to use some type of needle. do you think maybe they are using the insulin needles since they don’t make heroin needles?

    the bikes are stolen. they “chop shop” them, take parts off one and put them on another or paint them or sand them down all in an effort to disguise them even though they get them from trusting people in Irvine and Newport who may leave their bike unlocked when they walk into 7-11 for a few seconds.. They take the bus to Irvine and ride a bike back home. a $400 mountain bike goes for $60 or if in a trade 1 gram of heroin. they speak in grams not dollars.

    the advocates are not doing their cause any justice by making these ludicrous arguments. seems like they are aiding and abetting the cover up as far as i am concerned. why lie about it? the advocates are not part of the solution they are part of the problem.

    for me making up arguments like that hurt their cause. i feel the same way about the homeless whether they are addicts or not but i don’t feel the same way about the advocates because i trust the advocates less and less and therefore when it comes time for them to tell me the truth about something i don’t believe it because they have already have misrepresented to me what i already know is the truth.

    I think what these advocates are doing is called a “blue lie” in psychology where a person lies for for the good of a cause he or she believes in. Only thing is that negative lies will always produce negative consequences. Positive statements even if about something negative will produce positive consequences. The moral of the story is please don’t lie.

  10. This homeless encampment phenomenon, in so many cities, fully bloomed during the Obama admin, perhaps partly due to sluggish economy. Uptick in economy may help slow the flow, but for those already in the camps, so many being drug addicts and imbeciles, only a strong remedy will help. Forced rehab in a lockup (but not a prison, more like barracks/military camp) is the only solution and is best for those people. Addicts must be cleaned up and those not imbeciles separated from those that are, as each needs somewhat different programs. In any program nutritious food with lots veggies and daily exercise is needed….a super health camp. After about 2 years, maybe less, their bodies will be clean and they will be feeling better. After cleanup we may find that some member of their family will take them back. It will also be possible for some businesses/industries to recruit – typically these are businesses that offer hard work, like roofing, foundation repair, demolition….also consumer and industrial recycling. A few may even get their minds back and be able to find work at what they used to do. The highest form of compassion at this point requires some initial strong action.

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