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Homeless camps taken down

From page A4 | January 25, 2013 | 8 Comments

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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.


Discussion | 8 comments

  • GatopelonJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Thank you for moving these people out and cleaning all the trash these camps create! I couldn'tt figure out why the camps were still there after Hangtown Haven was up and running.

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  • sue mundyJanuary 25, 2013 - 8:44 am

    do a youtube search for Hangtown Haven Hangtown Regulators for our vigilante answer to this question

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  • DougJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Thank you for removing these camps. It is extremely difficult in this economic environment to operate a business, especially when you have these type of situations to deal with. While life at the "Haven" may be neat and orderly, life near the property is anything but. Dumpsters are routinely unloaded and trash scattered about, and panhandling is routine.

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  • CherylJanuary 25, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    @Gato, these other camps pop up because Hangtown Haven does not allow alcohol or drugs

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  • Over itJanuary 25, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    Proving the point. Many of these lazy drunks and addicts want to continue their non productive, free hand out dirtbag life style. They need to be run out of town. They are USELESS! They contribute NOTHING but to create an eyesore and ruin everything they touch. Useless humans.

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  • TubelessJanuary 26, 2013 - 7:11 am

    @sue mundy. Okay, tried to watch the YouTube you mentioned. Ick. Waste of time.

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  • Get Rid Of ThemJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    This is exactly why we need to run these people out of our town. Keep feeding a stray cat and it won't go away. It will bring more cats and become a problem. Placerville is no place for these wayward homeless scuzballs...I say that because look at the trash all over the hillside,,and Sue Mundy..You suck

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  • jon schroderJanuary 26, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    When hangtown haven was opened the door was opened for an uncontrollable problem with homeless do nothings, Now every shopping center I go to has panhandlers begging on the corners. I might as well go shopping in rancho cordova. placerhole is becoming more of a slum community day after day. Put em out on the desert and let em try and make it on their own, if they starve, so be it. I`m not talking about the legit needs, just the scum.

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