Dozens of fires this summer have scorched the lower reaches of the American River Parkway, but that’s only the visible part of the destruction. Deep in the woods homeless campers seem to have no intention of going anywhere else or changing the horrific way they treat the parkway.
Dozens of fires this summer have scorched the lower reaches of the American River Parkway, but that’s only the visible part of the destruction. Deep in the woods homeless campers seem to have no intention of going anywhere else or changing the horrific way they treat the parkway. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
Dozens of fires this summer have scorched the lower reaches of the American River Parkway, but that’s only the visible part of the destruction. Deep in the woods homeless campers seem to have no intention of going anywhere else or changing the horrific way they treat the parkway. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

Opinion: A disturbing view of parkway destruction

October 03, 2015 05:00 PM

UPDATED October 04, 2015 09:15 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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