This letter was published in the Sacramento Bee August 4, 2016.
American River Parkway tragedies
Unfortunately, this tragic story of one man’s life and the loving attempt of family and friends to help, which sadly failed, eventually leading to his death while illegally camping in the American River Parkway, is a story that probably parallels some of the other homeless illegally camping in the parkway.
Stopping the illegal camping in the parkway once and for all, and establishing adequate services for the homeless, including those with mental health issues, is vital if we are to reduce the chance of this happening again.
David Lukenbill, American River Parkway Preservation Society, Sacramento