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Judge delays decision on L.A. County’s proposal to settle a homeless lawsuit

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A federal judge on Monday held back a decision on L.A. County’s proposed settlement of a 2020 lawsuit accusing the county and city of Los Angeles of failing to address homelessness, suggesting that he thinks the terms could be better.

Judge David O. Carter told lawyers for the county and the plaintiff in the lawsuit, the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, that their proposed agreement fell short of providing an adequate number of mental health and substance abuse beds. Carter did not specify any changes he expected, instead scheduling a hearing in January.

He said he intended to call the newly elected mayor and member of the county Board of Supervisors into a hearing to discuss the settlement.

“He said, ‘I want to look them in the eyeballs. I want the new board chair and I want the new mayor to come in here and talk to me,’” said plaintiff’s attorney Elizabeth Mitchell.

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