California city rejects migrant shelter

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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:26 AM

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city has rejected a plan to convert a vacant nursing home into a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/1npOeh3) the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to deny the proposal by Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit group that operates shelters for child immigrants across the country.

The company was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the Escondido shelter would have the same number of residents and similar services as the nursing home that once occupied the building.

But the council majority agreed with an earlier decision by the Planning Commission that said the proposed facility would be incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood in the San Diego suburb for reasons including traffic, safety, parking and community character.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com