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L.A. Now Live: City seeks to overturn homeless' belongings ruling

February 28, 2013 |  7:58 am

The city of Los Angeles is set to ask the U.S. Supreme Court today to overturn a lower-court ruling preventing the random seizure and destruction of belongings that homeless people leave temporarily unattended on public sidewalks.

Times staff writer Alexandra Zavis will join us at 9 a.m. to discuss the matter, which could have broad implications for cities nationwide grappling with how to keep streets clean and safe while respecting the property rights of those who live there.

The Supreme Court filing comes after two years of legal wrangling between Los Angeles officials and homeless advocates over a controversial campaign to clean up downtown's skid row, which has the highest concentration of homeless people in the city.