Based on the ongoing community outcry, on Sunday, February 15, 2015, the Redding Police Department, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Work Release Program, and neighborhood volunteers will join together to conduct an all-day clean-up on the transient camps, dump sites, and debris through the Linden Canyon. This is a large, undeveloped area surrounded by Mercy Medical Center, Benton Airport, the Auburn neighborhood, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
For several weeks, the City of Redding Code Enforcement Team and the Redding Police Department Community Clean-up Program have been identifying and tagging illegal camps and warning people staying in the camps of the pending clean-up. The Redding Police Department has issued numerous illegal camping citations and made several arrests. Redding Police Department Community Work Program Officer Bob Brannon has already worked with the volunteer coordinator and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Work Release Program to conduct preliminary clean-up work in the canyon. Many of the volunteers for Sunday’s clean-up are coming from the nearby Auburn Neighborhood.
The clean-up will begin at about 9:00 a.m. Redding Police Officer Mike Thomas, of the Code Enforcement Team, will be available as the Public Information Officer for this event. Media representatives are welcome to view the clean-up work. Media representatives can contact Officer Thomas at the command post on Linden Avenue, west of West Street past the City of Redding gate.
– Press Release