Illegal Campers Still There

Considering Bob Slobe saw 100 illegal campers in the North Sacramento area of the Parkway, in a short walk Tuesday morning—also see new photos on Woodlake Facebook page—one has to ask, How is the serious effort to remove illegal campers, promised by the County to begin on September 19, 2012, working out?

Here is what the County promised, as published in Marcos Breton’s Sacramento Bee column of September 19, 2012:

“Beginning today, Sacramento County authorities will begin taking several significant steps aimed at saving the American River Parkway from environmental harm caused by illegal camping.

“Large swaths of Sacramento’s gorgeous urban park have been degraded by human waste, fires and enough debris for 2,000 volunteers to collect 14,000 pounds of garbage over the weekend.

“Today, teams of park rangers and sheriff’s deputies will begin enforcing a dusk-to-dawn closure of the parkway with a goal of preventing people from camping there overnight.

“A representative of the county’s Department of Human Assistance will be on hand beginning Sunday to provide homeless campers with information on housing options.

“A county memo detailing the operation states: “The enforcement will be daily and continue indefinitely.

“This is not a short-term effort.”

“The Sacramento Police Department has a role to play and may conduct enforcement sweeps several times a week.”

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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