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By Eric Heinz

During Coffee with the Chief on Tuesday, July 7, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Russ Chilton, chief of police services for Dana Point, said some of the issues brought to the discussion included residents’ concerns about day laborers looking for work and sober living homes.

“We’re aware of the concerns that they have, and sometimes people don’t understand that it’s not illegal to stand on the sidewalk and ask for work,” Chilton said regarding day laborers in Dana Point. “We can’t ask them to move along and say they’re loitering. Hopefully, some education and understanding will alleviate some concerns.”

Chilton said the idea for Coffee with the Chief came after he continually heard numerous law enforcement concerns at City Council meetings and wanted to give community members some time to ask questions about the city’s police services.

The next Coffee with the Chief is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, July 20 at Doughnut World, located at 34130 Doheny Park Road, Capistrano Beach. Future dates will be posted in the Dana Point Times as they are set.

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