The City of Tustin made this announcement as soon as we could.
The City has been involved in a lawsuit in Federal Court. While in settlement discussions, the City has been precluded from discussing its litigation and settlement strategies publicly. The City immediately published a press release on the same day that the City signed the settlement agreement. Given the City would be required to establish a shelter facility within 120 days of signing the agreement, it was necessary for the City to evaluate potential shelter sites at the same time the settlement discussions were on-going to accomplish that timeframe.
In addition, the City’s initial plans for settlement (which would have simply added beds to the existing facilities at the Village of Hope) were derailed by the Ninth Circuit’s decision on September 4th, and as a result, the City was forced to go back to the drawing board and develop an entirely different plan in a very compressed period of time. The City’s proposal was presented in Federal Court two weeks later and reported in the Orange County Register on September 19th.