John Castaneda, 71, homeless for 40 years spends, walks near the Capitol. He spends most of his time on the grounds.
John Castaneda, 71, homeless for 40 years spends, walks near the Capitol. He spends most of his time on the grounds. Jose Luis Villegas
John Castaneda, 71, homeless for 40 years spends, walks near the Capitol. He spends most of his time on the grounds. Jose Luis Villegas
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

What’s worse than failing to fix homelessness in Sacramento? Spending $5 million to fail again.

July 13, 2017 05:15 AM

UPDATED October 18, 2017 10:48 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.

Contact Erika D. Smith at 916-321-1185, esmith@sacbee.com, on Twitter at @Erika_D_Smith or on Facebook at Erika D. Smith, Journalist