Leadership needed on homeless issue
Re “We deserve to know origin of parkway fires” (Local, Marcos Breton, Sept. 13): Sacramento has the resources to address homelessness but leadership is needed in this area. Former President Pro Tem of the California state Senate, Darrell Steinberg, founded the Steinberg Institute, which aims to improve the quality of life of those who live with mental health issues. As mental health issues are common among the homeless, the Steinberg Institute could make a difference in its founder’s hometown.
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors could push to combine the efforts of departments under its purview, including human services agencies and law enforcement.
Sacramento is a generous place, as evidenced by last week’s world-record-setting donation of fresh produce. Also valuable is the expertise and hard work of community-based organizations such as Loaves and Fishes. What’s needed is the leadership to bring these disparate pieces together to work to eliminate homelessness.
Jason Orta, Sacramento
Rewards for info on parkway fires?
I live in South Natomas directly across West El Camino from Discovery Park. Although I often used to volunteer on parkway cleanup days in that area and saw no end of cigarette butts, as well as campfire sites, I don’t believe the drought can be blamed for the current number of 53 fires in the parkway since May 1. I have lived through two previous droughts in Sacramento and the parkway was not burning then. Sacramento is always dry in summer.
If, say, a disgruntled homeless camper, or campers, are deliberately setting the fires in retaliation for constantly being rousted from their homes, has the county considered posting notices offering rewards for information? The campers can’t be expected to be forthcoming with those they consider authority figures, but might be willing to get their hands on some cash. It would certainly cost less than all the firefighters’ efforts and the additional $500,000 the county will spend.
Lorraine Gervais, Sacramento
Closed schools an answer?
There has been a lot of discussion on the homeless people who live on the American River Parkway and how to handle the problem. May I suggest that we have closed a number of schools in recent years. Hmm? Restrooms, roofs, lots of space, easy to clean. Just a thought.
Timothy Lynn, Sacramento
Thankful for officers’ response
Re “3 in custody after police swarm to shooting in Rancho Cordova” (Local, Sept. 11): God bless the law enforcement officers, including the SWAT teams, that responded to the recent shooting in our Rancho Cordova neighborhood.
The incident took place in the house behind my property and stunned the usually quiet and peaceful neighborhood. Officers used my property to gain access to the home, coming and going for hours in the 107-degree heat during their investigation. God bless them for their courage, their sense of duty, their courtesy and concern for our safety.
The hail of bullets from a high-powered weapon did a lot of damage, and hit a gas line, and so many lives were saved that day by the grace of God and the quick response of our men in black. Thank you!
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