The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to make it easier for authorities to break up the encampments that have mushroomed across Southern California along with the rising homeless population.

The council gave preliminary approval to two ordinances that would sharply reduce the warning time homeless people have to move their possessions. The laws — one covering parks, the other sidewalks — also would permit officials to immediately remove couches, chairs and oversized tents.

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