Kirsten Spall and her son Robert Spore play catch in April 2016 at McClatchy Park, which Oak Park residents have worked hard to make safer for children. However, Sacramento employees say they often find used needles in the bushes there.
Kirsten Spall and her son Robert Spore play catch in April 2016 at McClatchy Park, which Oak Park residents have worked hard to make safer for children. However, Sacramento employees say they often find used needles in the bushes there. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Kirsten Spall and her son Robert Spore play catch in April 2016 at McClatchy Park, which Oak Park residents have worked hard to make safer for children. However, Sacramento employees say they often find used needles in the bushes there. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

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Erika D. Smith

September 25, 2016 5:31 AM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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