Homeless camps taken down

By From page A4 | January 25, 2013

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INMATES from El Dorado County Jail throw tents and other belongings of residents of a homeless camp down a steep hillside behind Dollar Tree in Placerville on Wednesday. Democrat photos by Krysten Kellum

Two homeless camps above Broadway in Placerville were dismantled on Jan. 23 by the Placerville Police Department.

The two camps, which were described as “rather large” by Capt. Mike Scott, had six or seven people living on the hill just east of the Dollar Tree store on Broadway.

PPD served notice to vacate the area after the private property owner and local businesses had informed PPD about the camps, which Scott said “became a problem.” They suggested the transients go to Hangtown Haven and use other resources on upper Broadway, Scott said.

Wednesday saw four inmate workers, assisted by officers, cleaning and dismantling the camp from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., pushing trash down the hill for collection. Public Works also assisted the clean up effort. A 36-yard dumpster was filled, Scott said, “full of junk and trash and everything else.”

No contact was made with the transients living in the camp, Scott said, after the notices were served. They were not at the site during the clean up.

Cole Mayer

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