By Jim Walsh | East Valley Tribune
A group of homeless veterans and non-veterans camped near a Mesa freeway won a temporary Christmas reprieve from the Arizona Department of Transportation, after ADOT initially told them they had to leave by Saturday.
ADOT officials had made it clear that the homeless camp, which has been located in an ADOT right-of-way since Dec. 6, must move and is not welcome to stay long term on state property. A veterans group targeted Gov. Doug Ducey’s office with phone calls and emails Thursday to exert pressure after ADOT posted a no trespassing sign and issued its order to leave or get arrested.