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Orange County Judge Blocks Fullerton’s Anti RV Camping Law until after September 2024

The Orange County Superior Court has granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the legality of Chapter 8.46 of the Fullerton municipal code, which effectively outlaws people living in their vehicles within city limits. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) filed the lawsuit, which argues Chapter 8.46 violates the California Constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses, excessive fines clause, the right to travel, and Gov. Code Section 11135, in December 2022.

“While Chapter 8.46 is allegedly purposed to ‘mitigate the public health and safety concerns,’ its overbroad and vague language has resulted in the arbitrary and discriminatory expulsion of Orange County’s most vulnerable residents—the vehicularly housed—a population who needs to rely on their vehicles for safety, storage, transportation, and more. This ordinance has upended lives and caused undue additional trauma to persons who already bear the great weight of homelessness,” the lawsuit argues. The lawsuit seeks restitution and a court order that declares Chapter 8.46 unconstitutional and in violation of California law and prohibits enforcement of the ordinance in its current form.

Kirkland & Ellis and DRLC filed a Motion on May 26, 2023 for Preliminary Injunction on behalf of Frederick Clayton Moon, Jacqueline Danis, and Jeanette Hodge. The motion requested the Orange County Superior Court to enjoin the City of Fullerton and the Fullerton Police Department from enforcing Chapter 8.46. After hearing oral argument on June 26, 2023, the Court granted the Motion for Preliminary Injunction, which prohibits the City of Fullerton and Fullerton Police Department from enforcing Chapter 8.46 prior to trial currently set for September 2024.

“This was an important step in protecting our clients’ interests and rights while the case proceeds towards trial,” said Matthew Summers, a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis. “Our team is proud to partner with the DRLC to achieve this victory for our clients.”

“We are excited that the Court saw the Chapter for what it is—a vague and poorly drafted attempt to keep the vehicularly housed out of Fullerton. With this decision, we are hopeful that more permanent, long-term solutions to the housing crisis can be discussed that protect our clients’ rights and dignity,” said Corrigan Lewis, DRLC senior staff attorney.

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  1. Take a good look at those vehicles in the pic. This is not about people living in a vehicle. This is about people parking their junky vehicles with all their accompanying trash, debris, and filthy lifestyle. NO ONE wants these people parking these piles of junk near their neighborhood. I only mentioned the vehicles above. Take a gander at the people who actually live in these rvs. No. Just no.

  2. They’re going to turn Fullerton into Los Angeles. Dumpy RVs everywhere.

  3. The City of Fullerton needs to make about the vehicle size and weight, not the people.