Authorities in Placer County have in recent months stepped up enforcement against what they describe as a growing population of homeless campers in Auburn.

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Many of them took their final breaths alone and anonymously, in narrow alleys, empty fields or cold riverbeds.
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Social service agencies are gathering blankets, collecting coats and scrambling to find warm havens for hundreds of homeless people in the Sacramento area who face the prospect of sleeping outdoors in frigid temperatures this week.
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In the old Gold Rush town of Placerville, born from rough-hewn mining camps, a heralded social experiment is packing up its tents today.
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For as long as there have been trains, people have been riding them illegally. The practice continues, but with a modern spin, including websites, cell phones and Facebook pages.

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