A judge who issued a partial preliminary injunction in July directing the city of Norwalk to comply with state and county efforts to temporarily house homeless people considered vulnerable to the coronavirus stopped short of dismissing the case Tuesday after being told the city is pondering a new ordinance.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant rescheduled Tuesday’s trial-setting conference on a permanent injunction until Sept. 10 after Emily A. Sanchirico, an attorney for Los Angeles County, said she recently learned the city was contemplating a new measure.

The county filed a petition against the city in April, stating that the City Council enacted a moratorium written so as to ban owners and/or operators of hotels and motels located in the city from converting or utilizing businesses or properties for homeless housing purposes or uses for COVID-19 housing or related uses or purposes without prior city approval.

Project Roomkey was created to save the lives of California’s most vulnerable residents and protect others from infection, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed counties to secure emergency temporary housing for homeless who are at risk of contracting COVID-19, including by utilizing private hotels and motels.

The partial preliminary injunction granted by Chalfant on July 21 prohibits the city from enforcing its moratorium or preventing businesses from taking part in Project Roomkey, but also directed the county to refrain from housing categories of homeless people not authorized by the governor’s executive orders and to consult with the city regarding Project Roomkey’s implementation.

Norwalk City Attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman confirmed to Chalfant that a new ordinance was being pondered, but said it would be different from the moratorium the city enacted in April that required city approval before motel and hotel owners converted their properties for coronavirus-related purposes.

Alvarez-Glasman did not elaborate on the contents of the proposed ordinance, but said he and Sanchirico could discuss whether a trial on a permanent injunction is necessary.

The county obtained a temporary restraining order against the city in late April, alleging in their court papers that Norwalk had resisted the county’s efforts to secure temporary emergency housing by enacting legislation “directly contrary to, and in violation of, (Newsom’s) declaration of an emergency and his issuance of executive orders.”

Prior to the hearing on the TRO, the city directed a participating hotel to withdraw its contract with the county and threatened to take immediate action to revoke its permits, business licenses and other municipal entitlements, according to the county petition.

Judge Samantha Jessner, who issued the TRO, said that on balance the interests of the county in implementing a state order under the Project Roomkey program outweighed any harm the city could suffer.

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