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Sacramento homeless camp. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)

Sacramento Mayor Proposes Prohibiting Homeless RV’s or Vehicles Moved Without ‘Safe Parking’ or Beds

Are homeless transients dumping their RV toilet waste in city storm drains?

By Katy Grimes, December 14, 2021 3:21 pm

Last week, large homeless encampment of 160 RVs, campers, trailers, vans and cars, was cleared from a North Sacramento industrial area, the Globe reported. Crews towed RVs, trailers and cars away. GoodDay Sacramento has video, and it’s not pretty.

Almost immediately, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Councilwoman Katie Valenzuela expressed their disappointment, criticizing the clean up.

Mayor Steinberg went so far as to include this issue on the City Council weekly Agenda Tuesday evening, Dec. 14, 2021 (tonight), but it’s not what most think – Steinberg wants to prohibit the City from towing a homeless vehicle unless the City can offer the occupants shelter, housing, or a designated location where they can park.

Lining many streets in Sacramento are battered old RVs, campers and trailers, vans, and passenger vehicles, which have become homes for many of the city’s transients. Despite spending millions on futile “solutions” like tiny homes, FEMA trailers, and renovated hotel rooms for the city’s growing homeless population, it’s only grown to more than 11,000 transients living on Sacramento streets.

From tonight’s Sacramento City Council agenda, item #37:

37. Mayor’s Proposed City Council Resolution on Protocols for Encampment Enforcement Actions (Oral Report) [TO BE DELIVERED]  File ID: 2021-01472
Location: Citywide
Recommendation: Discuss and adopt a Resolution establishing a Council Policy on Protocols and Procedures to be followed when addressing encampment enforcement in the City.
Contact: Mayor Darrell Steinberg, (916) 808-5300, Office of the Mayor


Item 37 – TO BE DELIVERED Mayor’s Protocols for Encampment Enforcement Actions (PDF-651 KB)

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL Item 37 2021-01472 Mayor’s Protocols for Encampment Enforcement Actions (PDF-885 KB) [Updated 12/10/2021 @ 2:40 P.M.]

CORRESPONDENCE Item 37 – Mayor’s Protocols for Encampment Enforcement Actions (PDF-7259 KB) [Updated 12/14/2021 @ 11:45 a.m.]

However, there are no details yet in the Mayor’s proposed protocols for dealing with the growing vehicle encampments – that’s what “To Be Delivered” means. And as we noted, no one is talking about where the homeless are dumping their waste from these RVs, campers and trailers. It’s horrific enough to see transients defecating on a sidewalk in front of a business or restaurant, but the line of RVs under the freeways downtown have been dumping their waste in the storm drains. And they’ve been dumping their waste in the Point West area in the storm drains. And along the Jackson Highway, at the city’s municipal golf courses and near the Executive airport. Where are the environmentalists?

The link to correspondence on this agenda item is far more important than anything — 63 pages of letters from city residents and business owners expressing their dismay and disgust of Mayor Steinberg’s homeless policies, or rather, lack thereof.

Here are excerpts from several letters submitted to the City:

“We are truly disturbed by the news of upcoming Council Vote to prohibit the enforcement of traffic laws and parking regulations on people experiencing homelessness. While we all feel compassionate about this difficult experience of not having a home – establishing a separate group of people that do not have to follow the law is NOT a reasonable answer. Same traffic / parking laws and regulations that apply to me and my law-abiding family MUST be enforced equally on any other citizen – whether he or she are wealthy or experiencing homelessness; we all were created equal as stated in our constitution you have sworn to protect. Allowing a group of people to ignore the laws and regulations created to establish orderly ways of our society is disturbing and counter-productive as it will move them further outside of our social network and will further increase the adverse effects to our streets and neighborhoods.”

“At some point, City leadership needs to consider the welfare of its tax paying citizens.”

“Our neighborhood has seen an increase in vandalism and our company has had our fences cut and items taken from our yard area in recent months. On top of that when they do leave there is always a pile of garbage and remains left behind. We have been in business in Sacramento for 75 years and the lack of attention by the Council is very disturbing. It has become an embarrassment to Sacramento.”

“On Memorial Day a motor home that the homeless were living in caught fire under the Silver Eagle over pass. the garbage was as high as the motorhome! The fire department have been out several times over the past few years due to the homeless starting fires. 3 in the past year at the vacant lot, 3500 Western avenue and one on the vacant lot on South which ended up burning on to our property causing over 100,000 worth of damages, Now our Insurance company is going to cancel us. Is this fair that we pay a lot of property taxes to be afraid to walk down our street for fear of the homeless?”

Property managers said by allowing RV’s or other vessels to be placed long term on public streets affect tenants and businesses negatively. Tenant’s have seen an uptick in crime where vehicles were being used as housing.

Most of the correspondence said that homeless encampments have led to an increase in crime everywhere they are allowed. Residents are fed up, and they say they are also fed up with the City not enforcing the laws on illegal camping, illegal dumping, the mountains of trash, crime, drugs, and the fear unpredictable drug-addicted homeless transients cause in neighborhoods and businesses.

Someone may want to ask the Mayor tonight where all of the homeless RV toilet waste is going.

Here’s how to participate in the City Council meeting (tonight) Dec. 14, 2021:

Join this meeting via Zoom:
Webinar ID: 983 1698 1872
Passcode: 802467
Dial in via telephone: 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) – Meeting ID: 983 1698 1872 ##

How to Watch or Listen to City Council:
City Council meetings are broadcast live on Metrocable, Channel 14, AT&T Broadband Cable System and/or rebroadcast on the Saturday following the date of the meeting. The live meeting broadcast on Metro Cable channel 14 can also be heard free on KUBU radio, 96.5 FM. Live video streams and indexed archives of meetings are available via the City’s official website at: https://meetings.cityofsacramento.org.

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8 thoughts on “Sacramento Mayor Proposes Prohibiting Homeless RV’s or Vehicles Moved Without ‘Safe Parking’ or Beds

  1. Homeless RVs – I assume these are people with some money to at least be able to afford an RV but they need somewhere to park and I have no issues if they desire to park in Fair Oaks near the Gated home of Newsom – let him share the fun like all of us.

    1. I so agree I’m tired of picking up their litter and seeing the sewer hoses lying there. When you turn them into the city or county they make you feel like you have no compassion for human kind. But I pay taxes and do abide by the law and am so tired of it Why doesn’t California start meaning up and make everyone abide by the laws. There are 1000’s of job openings right now so don’t keep saying they have no jobs. We have so many programs to help and house everyone but since they don’t have to follow rules or laws they don’t care. Let’s start making people accountable for their lives…..I’m so sick of it and yes it is an embarrassment to this city and state

  2. Sacramento’s Democrat Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Democrat Councilwoman Katie Valenzuela expressed their criticized the clean up and they even want to prohibit the City from towing a homeless vehicle unless the City can offer the occupants shelter, housing, or a designated location where they can park? If these two Democrats really cared about the homeless, Mayor Steinberg and Councilwoman Valenzuela would offer to let some of them stay in their homes, let them camp in their yards, and let them park on the street in front of their homes? Maybe Mayor Streinberg could dole out to the homeless some of the millions of dollars that his Steinberg Institute has raked in?

  3. WHAT! There is only two people on the city council? Where are the other 7? The 7 go along to get alongs! Their districts aren’t affected so they don’t give a hoot?
    Wake up Sacramento before your city dies!

  4. It is apparent that Mayor Steinberg and the Councilmembers are completely out of their depth with regards to the homeless problem. Steinberg acts as if the masses of homeless just showed up overnight. He takes no responsibility for it – instead blaming the business community, the County, Covid, and the Judicial Council. Steinberg doesn’t connect the City’s lax and permissive response to homelessness to the now massive out of control situation that law abiding, tax paying Sacramentans have to witness and deal with each day.

  5. what the mayor says for the press may not be what he really supports, he is a lying politician. he is not failing to see the political ramifications of sacramento becoming another san fransicko, but the political fringe are dangerous and if false words will placate them, this lying biden-like mayor will do what he must.

  6. How about the homeless move to the streets the mayor and city council members live on? I’m sure they won’t mind human waste flowing down the gutters and half crazed fentanyl users around their families.
    Perhaps Steinberg can host a pot lock for his new neighbors. He can bring food, and they can bring drugs and disease.

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