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PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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City explains removal of homeless camp

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From page A10 | February 01, 2013 | 4 Comments

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Placerville Police Department, in conjunction with Placerville Community Services Department, removed illegal homeless camps located on the hillside behind the shopping center on Upper Broadway. The camps have caused severe blight in the area as evidenced by the amount of garbage taken from the site. None of the homeless who had been residing there were present when city officials arrived. Notice of the removal was given well in advance. The city will continue to aggressively remove this and other illegal camps in the city.

Hangtown Haven in Placerville is a legal encampment established to meet the needs of the homeless of Placerville. Those who qualify and agree to abide by the established rules are welcome. We emphasize that these rules must be followed: (1) You must be a current — or within the last six months — resident of Placerville; (2) No drugs, alcohol, or violence are tolerated in or near the camp; and (3) Registered sex offenders are not allowed in or near the camp. Again, if you meet these rules, Hangtown Haven welcomes you and refers you to the Community Resource Center at 1864 Broadway for additional information. If you cannot meet these rules, there is not a legal place for you to camp in Placerville and any illegal camps will be removed immediately.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris at 530-642-5200.

City of Placerville

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Discussion | 4 comments

  • Free LoadersFebruary 01, 2013 - 9:01 am

    GOOD! It's time to get rid of these low life lazy drunken fools. They do nothing to contribute and their garbage lifestyle ruins a perfectly nice town. Send them to Sacto where they can join the other worthless humans.

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  • clleaFebruary 02, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Free Loaders, please do not be so high and mighty. Yes, they have a low life, one can only imagine. And you know for a fact that these men and women are lazy and are drunk much of the time? Most of the homeless in this county you never see, never hear about. Many are educated people and/or have mental health issues, are without family and society has turned their back on them. It is much better to help those that are willing and able to help themselves, find them a place to stay, treat them with compassion and respect that we all deserve. By acknowledging homelessness is a societal problem is a good first step. These folks are not all "free loaders" and no human is worthless. Sweeping them under a rug does not mean they aren't there! Some of their stories are heart breaking and circumstances were out of their control.

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  • Fed UpFebruary 03, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Cllea, How many of these poor situational people have to taken in?

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  • Barbara RogersFebruary 03, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    I agree with cllea...how many people in this country are just a paycheck away from being homeless? I would imagine that there are thousands of families struggling to make it paycheck to paycheck. I see homeless from El Dorado Hill to Pollock Pines, so sad. We don't know their stories, do you? There are no jobs, rents and food prices along with gas prices are sky high. Before you judge, look into the mirror and ask yourself if it your job to judge others.

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