Southern California mayor aims to get rid of soup kitchens

October 6, 2012 2:43:43 PM PDT
A Southern California mayor is under fire for wanting to get rid of soup kitchens in his city.

The controversy is happening in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, south of Long Beach.

That's where some of the city's long-running soup kitchens are targeted for closure.

But the proposal is getting fierce opposition from city council members and non-profit charity workers. They say elderly, fixed-income residents will suffer most.

Mayor Eric Bever says the idea is a first step in fighting Costa Mesa's homeless problem: "My belief is that if we manage to put the soup kitchen out of business that would go a long way toward addressing the attractive nuisance we have in our city that's creating a huge negative impact."

While the issue is headed for debate in the city council, the mayor will be termed out of office in November.


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