Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Moving Hangtown Haven

EDITOR:

Hangtown Haven is a bold and innovative step to help some of the people in our community who have no place to live.

Please urge your supervisor to vote yes on the proposal to move Hangtown Haven to Perks Court in Placerville.

• Ron Mikulaco: bosone@edcgov.us
• Ray Nutting: bostwo@edcgov.us
• Brian Veerkamp: bosthree@edcgov.us
• Ron Briggs: bosfour@edcgov.us
• Norma Santiago: bosfive@edcgov.us

Thank you.

KATHLEEN GRAMSGIBBS
Placerville

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Discussion | 10 comments

  • Chuck HollandAugust 14, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    I'll be urging my supervisor to vote NO on moving a homeless encampment to the gateway of Placerville's prime retail corridor. There is no doubt that the current encampment AKA the Haven, needs to move, and we should work to find a suitable location. Perks Ct. is visible from Hwy 50, and the gateway to this area's largest sale tax generating district. I see no reason to turn the Missouri Flat Rd. area into the blighted run down appearance of upper Broadway. Placing a homeless encampment visible to our tourist's,( Each year, Apple Hill has 500k visitors, 10's of thousands visit our wineries, and other various attractions.) is the opposite first impression we should be displaying. As well we should not cause any unnecessary detraction for the business's along the Missouri Flat corridor. I believe there is a better solution, we just need to identify it.

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  • LpAugust 16, 2013 - 1:02 am

    How about let's encourage the supervisors to move "Hangtown Haven" to move to your neighborhood?"

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  • TimAugust 16, 2013 - 2:37 am

    Yeah, vote no to moving it to Perks Court. Upper Broadway is a hole. All those people will do is panhandle at Safeway and infect the surrounding area. I vote to moving them to Desolation wilderness or Sacramento. They contribute nothing to the county and bring only crime and stress to the local law enforcement and populace. Keep them secluded and sequestered together where they cant victimize the good taxpaying citizens of this county

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  • William JeffersonAugust 17, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    I'm pretty sure that the Haven-Hangout is in the City of Placerville jurisdiction. Not really the Supe's issue. Unless you were letting those 5 know where they might domicile once their terms expire.

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  • Frank Barnes, Upper Grizzly FlatsAugust 18, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Here is a working solution: lets move the homeless to Ray Nutting's property & have them clear them brush in return for their board - we all forget any past transgressions & Ray has a chance to do some real public service. The only fear a reasonable person might have us that Ray could turn his "hobo kingdom" into a Taliban style training camp developing otherwise docile panhandlers into psychotic minions willing to do their evil master's bidding as he attempts to rule Eldorado County with a medieval style siege. I, for one, am willing to chance it.

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 18, 2013 - 10:36 am

    I think the county should give them several acres in AG districts--teach them to build...and farm. Move our animal shelter out there--and let the money that goes to the shelter buy equipment and feed for the animals...give the people and animals some dignity. Let the people sell their product on the open market...and save to one day buy a small farm for themselves.

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  • Doug HodderAugust 22, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    As a business owner in the vicinity of Hangtown Haven I can attest to the fact that it is extremely difficult to do business in this environment. When I opened my business, the "haven" wasn't in operation. Now, my customer base is panhandled, the dumpster is continually unloaded and I have to pick it all up as well as pressure wash the sidewalks for biohazard materials. Guess what that is! This week I caught some guy working all the back door handles to see if some place was unlocked. I don't care what anyone says, this is not a positive for the city. While the camp itself may be nice and clean, I regularly see the police dept at that location. The other night a young guy walking out front of the haven carried a sign reading..."got pot"....Oh yeah, that's a great site to remember Placerville by.

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  • Ruining businessesAugust 22, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    A bunch of do-goodness have a fancy website and their photos on the Internet like they are some sort of a forbes 500 company. They are sure self promoting for a bunch "volunteers". They also have a Facebook page for hangtown haven. Touchy feely goodness. I think those who are pushing this need to rescue a puppy or go down to the lake and feed the geese instead of destroying business districts with handouts and a mini homeless kingdom for them to play jester over.

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  • Ruining businessesAugust 22, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    hangtownhaven.org

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  • LynnSeptember 25, 2013 - 11:20 pm

    The Hangtown Haven website is already calling it Hangtown Haven West. Some serious chutzpah since it is still in committee. Good citizens, google the name with Hangtown Haven Crime, and Placerville homeless. Also check the YouTube vids. This is not all sunshine, kittens and roses. Keeping people permanently camping cannot address the mental health, and drug/alcohol dependency issues. Has a one of these folks planted a garden at the current location to help feed themselves? Any of them earned their GED? As citizens we do have a duty to our elders, orphans, widows and those with mentalmillness and dissability. A permanent indoor shelter at a suitable location that can offer proper services is the way back for those who want it. For those who choose drugs/alcohol I have no social responsibility for your choices.

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