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Homeless youth bring bold, confrontational approach to Santa Clarita
Homeless youth bring bold, confrontational approach to Santa Clarita

The rumpled young men were sleeping on the ground outside the coffee shop as early morning patrons made their way in. They routinely hogged the store's bathroom, and often left it stinking and littered with the residue of narcotic use. At the market nearby they'd cruise the aisles, buoyed by drug-fueled belligerence, intent on shoplifting. When they were done — or after the sheriff had been called — they'd disappear into the brush behind the shopping center in Santa Clarita and head toward the Santa Clara riverbed. I heard the stories from worried customers and frustrated residents of the upscale neighborhood. Some had lived in the area for years and learned to...

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