The ACLU of Northern California sent a letter to the City of Santa Cruz on Monday listing several reasons why it opposes the city’s plan to close the Ross homeless camp by Highway 1.

At Tuesday’s Santa Cruz City Council meeting, City Attorney Tony Condotti said, “I look at it as an opportunity to dialogue” with the ACLU. He added that it doesn’t explicitly threaten a lawsuit, but implies it.

“I do think you have to be careful,” Condotti said.

Condotti indicated that he had a wider reading of a court ruling that prevents cities from ticketing people for sleeping outdoors when no alternative is available. He described a possible defense strategy for the city, should a lawsuit occur.

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