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Many new city ordinances targeting homeless

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by all right on the streets of this Southern California city until he got ticketed for smoking in the park.

Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court — and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600.

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