Policing the Parkway

Another great column from Marcos Breton in the Sacramento Bee  yesterday morning noting the difference between the type of people (down on their luck families) homeless advocates like to present as the norm and the actual norm (criminals and sex offenders) who live embedded deep within the Parkway.

The dangerous nature of those who live in the Parkway was noted dramatically by the homeless themselves in a November 6, 2008 article in the Sacramento News & Review.

An excerpt.

“Hell’s half-acre

“Sacramento’s homeless weigh in: Tent Town’s top 25 tips for surviving the economic downturn

“14. Stay away from the river

“It’s a half-mile from Tent Town to the American River, where the hard-core, chronically homeless hole up in the dense foliage leading up to its banks. The level of depravity increases the nearer you get to the water, which is why the American River Parkway is heavily patrolled by park rangers from Discovery Park to Cal Expo. “We heard screams coming from there last night,” says Kim. She’d be pretty if all of her front teeth hadn’t been knocked out. “They hauled another body out of there the other day, some mummified dude,” Ace adds. Kim shivers.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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