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Trash left behind by homeless campers along the Sacramento River was removed Tuesday with vows to continue the cleanups in the future.
The Redding Police Department said on its Facebook page that about 3,400 pounds of garbage, or nearly 2 tons, were collected by several groups including the RPD’s Community Clean-Up Team and homeless outreach officer, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Shasta County Social Services.
“Pollution of waterways remains a serious issue that can and must be addressed,” the Facebook post says. “We will continue to work with our agency partners to combat these issues whenever possible until the revised ordinance goes into effect, tentatively scheduled for February 16th, 2019.”
The post referred to the city’s temporary suspension of its illegal camping ordinance in the wake of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a Boise, Idaho case.
That opinion in September says cities that prosecute the homeless for sleeping in public when there’s a lack of shelter space amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and is a violation of the Eighth Amendment.
In response, the Redding City Council in December approved a revised anti-camping ordinance that goes into effect in mid-February.