McArthur Proposal: Ticket the Homeless

Recently we learned that Redding City Council member Missy McArthur will be bringing a proposal before her council colleagues to discuss an eventual ordinance that would ticket and fine those who ‘Sit and Lie’ on sidewalks in the City of… Continue Reading


One-day Homeless Count Begins; Special Emphasis on Veterans’ Needs

On January 30, 2013, the City of Redding/Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council (CoC) will participate in a Nation-Wide annual “Point In Time Count” of homeless individuals and families throughout Shasta County. In addition, we will host a Veteran’s… Continue Reading


Homeless in Redding – Part 4: A Conversation with Dan Fehr, Retired CDFG Warden

Today I speak with Dan Fehr, formerly a warden with the California Department of Fish and Game, someone who had many years’ exposure to the negative environmental impacts of homelessness near Redding’s waterways. Fehr intentionally refers to occupants of “unlawful encampments” as “transients” rather… Continue Reading


Redding’s Homeless, Part 2: Conversation with Randy Smith, Community Volunteer

Randy Smith’s descriptions of discovered illegal encampments are what planted the seed of the idea for this series. Full disclosure: Smith is a long-time friend.

Q: Randy, thanks for taking time to talk with me today. Can you please start by sharing with readers a list of the various facets of volunteer work that have given you a front-line look at the issue of homeless encampments?
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Redding’s Homeless Encampments – – Part 1: RPD Deals With Another Side of the City

Two cities exist in Redding. You know about the first one. It has streets and traffic and stores and parks and hospitals and schools and churches and a library. This first Redding is just a little slice of California, USA, where… Continue Reading


Woman Sought for Igniting Sleeping Homeless Man’s Bed

On 7/30/11 at about 9:05 a.m., the Eureka Police Department and the Eureka Fire Department responded to the green belt area of the 1600 block of Waterfront regarding a suspicious fire. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the fire had been… Continue Reading

Transient Allegedly Spit at Teen, Jumped on Car, Assaulted Dad

On Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 6:12 p.m., the Redding Police Department received several 911 calls from the K-Mart parking lot regarding a confrontation. Officers found two men struggling with each other on the ground, on Maraglia St., next to… Continue Reading


Literary Minds Online Book Club: ‘The Caveman’s Valentine’

We did it. The Literary Minds Online Book Club accepted the challenge to read and review four books in four weeks in May for Mental Health Month. The book club was the brainchild of  the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency’s  Community… Continue Reading


Letter: Give the Homeless a Hand, Then the Boot?

To those in authority who deemed it necessary to remove the cold and huddled community who found frigid refuge under Clear Creek bridge at the very spiritual gates and limits of our city:

I wonder, what goes through your mind?

Maybe we can recount history to find out what goes on in the homeless minds, hearts and souls … Continue Reading


Group Aims to Alleviate Homeless ‘Hide-and-Seek’ Issue

With a Wednesday deadline looming for homeless people to vacate a camping spot where they’ve been living near Clear Creek Bridge, the newly formed Redding Safe Camp Homeless Alliance met this morning to discuss options for finding safe land for… Continue Reading