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City of Reno comments on citations to the unhoused at location cleared two weeks ago

By Lucia Starbuck

The City of Reno and Reno Police Department (RPD) gave about 50 houseless individuals camping near the Truckee River a 24-hour verbal notice to leave the area on June 17.

Jon Humbert, public information officer with the City of Reno, said people are not allowed to camp in the area. 

“There aren't any authorized camping areas for the public. Peo…

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Daniel Stern June 23, 2020 - 6:09 pm

I would have to assume that with Washoe County being well behind on Covid-19 tests a artificially created sense of safety is expected to draw the public and tourists into normalcy, hence the relocation and clean up of the homeless.

Roxanne R Wynters June 22, 2020 - 12:51 pm

I am homeless as well and have noticed official from the city scouring the streets I have actually been verbally harassed by a city worker same worker 3 times in the last two weeks no services or solutions offered was told to get out of town which I think is unreasonable especially since I work in reno yet I do not have the means to get into an apartment being homeless is actually expensive and cumbersome so saving is very difficult and very slow and once the eviction marandom is up we will see a spike in homeless people. The pandemic has also taken a toll on finances even with the working homeless not having access to basic needs means we have to find more expensive alternatives to showering and using basic restroom facilities

Rudy Leon June 22, 2020 - 10:09 am

Mayor Schieve is not telling the truth. I left her a message about it from the site. I believe voice mail messages are covered under public records law.

Vicki Carlson June 22, 2020 - 9:13 am

Fines? Citations? You can’t get blood out of a turnip folks. Whose great idea was this one. Where are our environmentalists while these people pollute our river?

Wayne donham June 21, 2020 - 6:44 pm

Oh that’s really gone help the homeless issuing citations?

marie carpenter June 21, 2020 - 6:44 pm

what about all the houseless camping along w. fourth street before stoker. across the street from the all american storage and carmalita trailer court. we pay rent to live where we do, but these houseless folks just set up a bunch of tents and started living there along 4th st. there is trash all over he place, its starting to smell like the dump over there . now why should we have to put up with the smell and having to look at all their crap on a daily basis. at least the folks along the river arent out in plain view. these people are and their trash is everywhere. its even spreading over to cemetary rd in shopping carts. it is out of hand and something needs to be done. if we wanted to smell the dump we would live over there by the dump. please come and get them out of here . so we can get this place cleaned up and back to normal.this is rediculous and something needs to be done about it now. pleasehere and get this mess cleaned clear them out of here and get this mess cleaned up.
thank you
marie carpenter (sick of having to look at this crap every damn day)

Todd Phillips June 21, 2020 - 1:32 pm

It is outrageous RPD is cuting anyone dyring the pandemic, and any judge not tossing these citations and issuing warrants needs ti be REMOVED from the bench. The mayors lack of action here means she and the city council need to be RECALLED.

Michael Woolf June 21, 2020 - 12:17 pm

Either our Mayor, or RPD isn’t telling the real story here. Personally, I have recently witnessed a change in attitude from our local police force. It is very noticeable, if you pay attention. We can not stand by when police officers use circumstance and hope to circumvent the law! Do you really have to be directed to use common sense, or can we all push for change to having better training for all of us. Nobody needs to be treated as a lower class citizen, because there is only one class of citizens. Treat better than you want to be treated.

Bev Klinghesse June 21, 2020 - 10:22 am

I live at River Place Senior Apartments, 895 Kuenzli, right across from the old RGJ building. My bedrooms overlook the south bank of the Truckee.

There’s a nice little homeless camp tucked behind our back fence. The folks are quiet, tidy, good neighbors. They’ve established a small community.They’ not “the problem.”

“The problem” is a roaming pack (!!) of transient young men who harass the homeless, residents, and folks just out for a walk along the River. We call them WCPs, or “whip-cracking persons.” They’ve got long lengths of rope that they crack against the pavement and use to break off tree branches. The noise is concussive, deafening. And it’s intimidating, especially when they use the ropes as lassoes. I’ve talked to several of the WCPs, trying to glean information. Only one talks to me—he likes the noise and reactions his whip makes. I asked if he could limit whip-cracking to 10 am-6 pm; in return, I got a speech on liberty and freedom.

A few neighbors and I have been calling Reno Direct and RPD. The final straw(s) came when some of the WCPs entered our front ungated area and hooked up cords and hoses to our exterior outlets, weaving them through the back fence to flood the path and, presumably, to recharge their boom boxes last week. Our apartment manager got involved then.

As of this morning, the WCPs are still at it, making life miserable for everyone, including the residents of the established homeless camps. I don’t get it. But I don’t get a lot of things.

Todd Phillips June 21, 2020 - 5:56 am

It is unconscionable for cops to cite people for this during a pandenic, and the city officials know nothing do nothing attitude shows rpd and the city officials we have need to be replaced asap.

The public needs to hold all these people accountable for what they are doing to the homeless.

William J Macauley, Jr. June 20, 2020 - 4:21 pm

I still can’t figure out what the city is trying to accomplish. Ignorance and silence are unacceptable responses. With impending budget shortfalls, I would think they would look for ways to save money rather than spend it. On the other hand, fines are a source of revenue, so . . . This is going from bad to worse–how much harm has to come to our community before those who pledge to serve it see that they are part of the problem and nowhere near part of the solution? The police watched those folks move from the other side of the river on June 3rd and said nothing about impending evictions in the park. The notices of eviction didn’t have dates or times on them. How much hardship and cruelty will have to happen before the people demand change or our public servants start serving the public writ large? Is this reaction or payback for the spray paint on the police department or the broken windows at City Hall? I really hope not, but no one claiming responsibility sure does suggest that what’s being done is not for the best of reasons . . . shame on RPD and the City of Reno. Mayor Scheive, shame on you in particular for thinking that claiming ignorance let’s you off the hook for your employees’ bad faith actions! This is a real black mark on our community and its relationship with the powers that be who are hired to serve it.

Jackie. Butts June 20, 2020 - 1:34 pm

My son is homeless in Reno. We have tried to help him but he refuses alchol treatment. He has a warrant out for his arrest. His name us Eric. Please find him. He is has tried ti kill his self. His name is Eric Relerford

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