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L.A. crackdown on homeless camps begins under fire from civil rights lawyers

Lisa Pacheco of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, right, gives a leaflet about new rules and restrictions to Alla Gavorkan, 61, who lives in a tent in downtown Los Angeles’ El Pueblo historic district.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

David Ruther, who has been homeless for the last 12 years, points to a sign declaring a “special enforcement zone” posted by the city near a new shelter in El Pueblo historic district. 

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority workers spread out in downtown Los Angeles to educate and warn the homeless of a coming crackdown on encampments.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Amy Perkins of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, left, explains new rules and restrictions to Leticia Cervantes, who lives in a tent near El Pueblo.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A homeless man with his belongings crosses Arcadia Street in downtown Los Angeles.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority staffers, Department of Sanitation workers and LAPD officers educate and warn the homeless of stepped-up enforcement against encampments near a new shelter in downtown L.A.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Sanitation workers and police officers said they would delay ticketing and aggressive camp clearances until homeless people are educated on the new rules.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Homeless outreach workers and LAPD officers wake up a woman living in a tent along Arcadia Street in downtown Los Angeles.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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