Hot Sheet #23 – 3/14/20

QOL-Reno reaches out to City Council on Homeless Issue – Results?

QOL-Reno recently reached out to all seven Reno City Council members, requesting individual meetings to discuss the Council’s failing, unaffordable plan to address Reno’s homeless issue. Their plan is simply making the problem worse.

Meetings were held with Council Members Reese, Jardon, Weber, and Delgado with the following results. Council members Brekhus, Dueer, and Mayor Schieve declined to respond to our meeting request.

• Council members are refusing to acknowledge that Reno’s homeless plan is failing. No city using the same plan has successfully addressed the homeless issue. 
• Council members are refusing to allow RPD to enforce existing Municipal Code laws with Reno’s homeless vagrants.
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An RPD officer in attendance at all of the meetings, made it clear that he considers RPD’s primary responsibility to be “fair” to the homeless and to act as social workers. He accused QOL-Reno’s request for strong, fair law enforcement as being prejudiced and unkind toward the illegal, vagrant-by-choice campers and criminals, with seemingly no regard for the negative impact that vagrant crime has on law-abiding citizens, the community, and the environment. QOL-Reno believes that law enforcement agencies’ primary responsibility is to enforce laws, not to adjudicate what is “fair.”
• Only one of the four Council members admitted the violent, dysfunctional mess that is the current VOA homeless shelter situation. 

Summary: City Council’s positions on homeless issues are very clear:

• Reno’s present problems with homeless camps and crime are NOT an urgent law enforcement issue.
• The Council has NO intention of directing RPD to ticket or arrest homeless vagrants who break misdemeanor laws for drugs, stolen property, or illegal camping.
• The Council believes that Reno’s problems with homeless crime and illegal camping are the City’s, County’s, and taxpayers’ fault for not giving enough free housing to vagrants, including those refusing services and sobriety.
• The Council and County will continue to annually spend millions of taxpayer dollars to support their homeless plan that is clearly failing.

QOL-Reno has offered the Council for the past 2 years, a homeless plan, proven to get homeless off the streets. Funding a homeless shelter and supportive services with a 5-cents per day property tax, would allow the County/City to enforce rules in shelters regarding drug/alcohol use, employment, and lawful behavior. It would provide complete independence from federal dictates that allow drug and alcohol use in shelters and long-term housing.

 

Removing Homeless Camps:

City’s Contractor provides Hazmat protective gear to HIS employees.
Why isn’t City Council providing it to RPD and City workers?

As the railroad track vagrant camp was being removed last week, there was a dangerous inconsistency. Private workers for the city’s independent contractor were supplied with Hazmat protective gear by their employer, while RPD officers and City Maintenance employees, working right alongside the contractor’s workers, had NO Hazmat protective gear. This dangerous situation, which creates  significant fiscal liability for the City, has remained consistent through numerous vagrant camps clean-ups.

What are people talking to QOL-Reno about?

Sex trafficking of our high school students

(Former WCSD employee) 

“When I worked for the school district (WCSD), I reported to Superintendent Davis and Assistant Superintendent McNeill that sex-trafficking was going on with many of our high school students, and the students involved were just being marked as “truant.” The two WCSD administrators told me they were very interested in hearing more about the issue and doing something about it, so I called and e-mailed them repeatedly to schedule meetings. They were never available, and they never responded to my emails about it. The situation continued and has gotten worse. The administration’s refusal to address child-endangerment situations like this led to my stress-related health problems and  early retirement.” 

Possible spread of the corona virus via unsanitary homeless camps

(Reported by a community resident)

“I’m concerned about the corona virus health risk posed to our entire community by allowing illegal homeless camps and their dangerous, unsanitary conditions, so I contacted 3 local agencies (Washoe County Health Department, Reno Police, and the Washoe County Commissioners and asked them about their plans.”

The Washoe County Health Department’s response? “We’re sending a mobile unit to homeless camps to tell its residents to wash their hands and where to go if they are sick.”

RPD’s response? “Not our jurisdiction.”

County Commissioners’ response? “There is nothing on our upcoming agenda addressing the issue of the corona virus and homeless camps.”  

WalMart at 2nd St. has reduced store hours due to unstoppable theft by homeless vagrants 

(2nd Street WalMart employee)

“Every WalMart in Reno is open 24 hours except our store. We close at midnight because we’re right by the Truckee River homeless camps. When we were open 24-hours, it was dangerous to our in-store employees after midnight, and we couldn’t stop the vagrants’ constant stealing of major items.”  

 

EDITORIAL

What are the homeless supposed to do when their illegal encampment is removed? Where are they supposed to go?

As RPD has increased its removal of illegal homeless vagrant camps, some required by Washoe County Health Department citations, these questions have been surfacing. Typical media coverage shows a pathetic looking person on the street, pushing their belongings in a stolen shopping cart and saying something like, “The City is kicking me out of my home. Where am I supposed to go? What am I supposed to do?” QOL-Reno offers the following responses to these questions.

1) Leaving “their homes”

The sites where encampments have been cleared are not, and never were “their” homes. The properties are either privately or publicly owned, and the squatters were illegally trespassing, leaving behind sewage, toxic waste, and garbage that costs property owners or taxpayers thousands of dollars to clean up. Numerous legitimate “homes” are available for anyone living on the street including sober living homes, treatment centers, Eddy House, Salvation Army, and the Gospel Mission, as well as affordable rental units, especially when rented with a roommate, to name just a few. 

2) “I don’t have any way to make calls.”

Free “Obama Phones” are available to those individuals who haven’t already lost or sold the free phones. Phones can also be used daily at the Tom Vetica Center located at the Community Assistance Center downtown off Record St.

3) “I don’t have anywhere to receive mail.”

The street address for the Tom Ventica Center at the VOA shelter may be used to receive mail.

4) “I have no ID, birth certificate, or Social Security Card.”

Catholic Charities, Stronghold Institute, and many other organizations will help individuals obtain basic documents.

5) “I’m a veteran, disabled, and homeless.”

There are a number of resources for our veterans. If you’re a veteran, you can get your papers at the Veteran’s Administration. Health care can be received with Health Care for Homeless Veterans as well as the VA Medical Center; dental care for veterans can be accessed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Clinic. Northern Nevada Veterans Resource Center is a great place to get connected to housing, mental health, and substance abuse treatment facilities.

6) I’m 19, homeless, addicted to drugs, and do not have a safe place.”

Eddy House is available for youth up to age 24. There is a drop-in sleep center for those who want to continue using substances or breaking the law. For those who want to participate in the residential program: sobriety is mandated, clients will participate in community service, gain legal employment, and engage in activities that will enhance their quality of life (GED, trade school, college). NYEP is a program for young women 18-24 of age who are transitioning out of the foster system or are parentless and need added support. Sobriety and willingness to engage in a healthy, legal lifestyle is a requirement for participation. Housing is available.

7) “I have a pet and do not want to relinquish custody.”

Unfortunately, there are not many programs available at this time for fostering pets. Washoe County Animal Control will watch pets temporarily for 7 days and in some cases, a little longer. Pets will be put up for adoption if the owner cannot pick up the pet within the allotted time frame. In many cases, pets receive immunizations and possibly spaying/neutering before being adopted out to very good homes. Placing pets into foster care gives former owners the space to recover and live and lead healthier lifestyles.

8) “I am a mom or dad with young children.”

Call Washoe County Human Services Agency and open up a case against yourself. If you’re a fit parent, you’ll be able to keep custody of your kids. If you have serious issues, relinquishing custody until you ARE a fit parent is the bravest and most selfless act you can do to show your children you love them. HSA will refer you to the Family Shelter and when a unit opens up, you’ll be able to stay in the family shelter. If relinquishing custody is part of the recovery plan, the Step 2 Program (women only) is a great place to recover and reunify with children. Men engage in Family Treatment court. This is a great, guided program to reunify with kids. In order to have safe shelter, Crossroads and Life Changes are great programs which, when worked with Family Treatment Court or on your own, will provide a safe place to recover. Sobriety and honest living are a requirement for participation.

9) “I have a substance abuse or co-occurring disorder.”

Acknowledging there is a problem is the first step to recovery. There are dozens of 12-Step meetings starting at 6 a.m. daily and available until midnight. The process to get into sober living and or treatment can take a few weeks. During this time, it’s important to remain in contact with the facility. Call daily or every other day at a minimum to see if your bed has become available. The Community Triage Center is a great place to detox and engage in a treatment plan aimed at long-term sobriety and recovery. Housing is available if you choose to be sober and engage in activities to enhance your quality of life.

10) “I am blind; receive disability; I do not do drugs; the cost of living is just too high.”

Reno Housing Authority has different programs that may be suitable for these individuals. There are also low-income housing options available for people with disabilities. Vocational Rehab has programs teaching employment skills to disabled people. 

11) “I have a criminal history. My credit is horrible.”

These two are by far the most time-consuming issues that make renting an apartment difficult. It’s best to just start working on your credit issues bit by bit. Write letters of intent to pay and make minimum payments in order to reduce the balances owed on debts. Get connected with Washoe Legal Services to see what it would take to get your record sealed. Apply for HUD housing and get on the list anywhere you can for housing. Golden Apartments accept applicants for wait lists. Consistently check the housing list and apply. If your application is kicked back, appeal it, and describe all the awesome changes that you are making in your life such as committing to sobriety. Work with a sober living home or rehabilitation center that offers transitional living as an extended part of their program. Rehabs, sober living, and transitional living establishments are safe places to recover and re-stabilize while working on your credit and putting some distance between a person and their criminal and financial history.

12) “I am a senior citizen on Social Security. Rent is too high. Where do I go?”

Apply for housing with the Reno Housing Authority. There is a Senior Center on 9th Street where people can eat and find community. Knowing you’re not alone empowers people to thrive and keep moving forward. There are several senior living establishments being built and offering services. Although being a senior citizen has its disadvantages, being one also puts people at the top of many waiting lists.

Sign up for a QOL-Reno Community Court (Homeless Court) Field Trip! See first hand the source of much of our homeless problem.

Is this court a violation of the 14th and/or 8th Amendments? You decide.

Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a tour on any Wednesday morning, or call for details on how to attend yourself: (775) 685.8200

 

The QOL-Reno Homeless Premise and Challenge

PREMISE: The city of Reno – right now – has an abundant, available supply of food, employment, housing, and mental health treatment for ANYONE. There is NO need for the City Council to spend one dollar more on “homeless services;” and to do so is wasting taxpayers’ money and making the homeless problem WORSE.

CHALLENGE: There is not ONE person living on Reno’s streets whom QOL-Reno cannot get housed and employed within 72 hours, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:

• Be clean and sober
• Be willing to work
• Be willing to obey the law
• Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)


ATTENTION ALL PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:

• WCSD schools rank last (or near last) in the nation
• A QOL-Reno WCSD teachers poll confirmed student discipline, strong moral values, and objective teaching to be almost nonexistent
• School leaders deny the facts about this situation

Why would any parent keep their child enrolled in WCSD? Contact QOL-Reno for a wide variety of education options for your child. 

POLICE, CITY WORKERS, AND WCSD TEACHERS:
THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP!
YOU know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.

Hot Sheet #22
3/3/20

Vagrant commits Assault & Battery –
then spits on and abuses arresting RPD cops
Will there be ANY consequences?

While waiting for its “Railroad Homeless Camp Community Walk” to begin at 4th & Record Streets on Feb. 22, 2020, QOL-Reno observed two RPD officers conducting an arrest on a vagrant-by-choice female for assault and battery on another individual (potential felony). The officers were completely professional and appropriate, but overly restrained in handling the woman’s insane, vulgar, and assaultive behavior toward them.

The woman, obviously under the influence, violently and repeatedly resisted arrest while spewing nonstop vulgarities at the officers. She continued her assaultive behavior by repeatedly spitting on the officers until she was placed in the back seat of the police car.

City of Reno schedules March 4
homeless encampment removal
at railroad tracks

City employees and RPD officers will remove the 300+/- illegal campers on the railroad tracks between 4th Street and Wells Avenue this Wednesday, March 4. The City Council, City Attorney’s Office, and RPD are to be commended for committing to enforcement of law and protecting Reno’s future.

The camp location, dangerously close to passing trains and creating large amounts of sewage, toxic waste, and garbage, should never have been allowed to establish in the first place. It will cost the city thousands of dollars to remove. In QOL-Reno’s two separate trips to this illegal camp, only 4 of the 300 illegal squatters expressed ANY interest in utilizing our community’s numerous support services. NONE of the illegal campers who spoke with QOL-Reno anticipate fines or arrests when RPD makes them move. They simply plan to set-up another illegal camp nearby.

You decide: Does Reno need to enforce laws regarding illegal vagrant camps?

Microwaves, solid plywood buildings, horseshoe pits, wood-burning stoves, large electrical generators, security cameras, solar panels, full-size bath tubs with hot water, internet service, and a thriving business refilling and selling propane cylinders to their “neighbors.”

No, this is NOT Reno’s KOA Campground. You can tell because of the mountains of stolen merchandise, toxic waste/garbage, sewage, and drug needles being put directly into the Truckee River, as well as the “No Trespassing” signs warning of booby traps and the vagrants’ willingness to kill you. 

It’s the longest-standing illegal vagrant camp in Reno (Glendale area, between Mills & McCarran). Some of the dozens of squatters have lived at the location for over 2 years. QOL-Reno spent hours there on March 3, talking to the illegal campers, offering them all possible help, and video-taping a thorough tour of this miles-long stretch of illegal activity that is LONG overdue to be removed. A total of one camper expressed immediate interest in accessing help.

But there is GOOD news! The illegal campers informed us that RPD had already visited their camps, providing advance notice that a complete removal was coming soon!   

QOL-Reno URGES the entire community to contact RPD, the City Attorney’s Office, and their Council members and share your support for their willingness to firmly but fairly enforce the laws that guarantee EVERYONE’s safety, and the safety of the drinking water source for 400,000 Reno/Sparks residents. 

Who’s Been Talking to QOL-Reno?

A railroad track vagrant camp resident who’s been living on Reno streets for 5 years.
99% of the 300 homeless people in our camp do not want to work, and 90% abuse drugs or alcohol. The majority of the ones who act mentally ill would not be that way if they’d stop abusing drugs and alcohol and get off the street … but they don’t want to.

A newly arrived vagrant in Reno, currently living in a homeless camp
I moved to Reno because I heard how great it is. You can camp anywhere you want, there are lots of free hot meals, and you never get arrested.

A vigorous and healthy 69 year-old homeless woman
I don’t want a job, and I’ve never worked a day in my life. I never have to because people keep giving me money.

Community (Homeless) Court Update:
Proceedings are now amplified

The Municipal Community (homeless) Court informed QOL-Reno last week that court proceedings are now being amplified for sound allowing courtroom visitors to clearly hear and better understand the actions of the Community Court and what it is trying to accomplish.

The Community Court meets Wednesday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Library on Center St.

Correction: In the Reno Hot Sheet #21, the Reno Community Court was incorrectly referred to as a separate “diversionary court.” The Community Court is a part of Reno’s Municipal Court system.

Editorial

City Council is allowing abuse of RPD officers
This must STOP!

Based on what QOL-Reno has recently observed in our Municipal Courts, it’s questionable whether the vagrant woman who abused 2 RPD officers last week (see lead story above) will even be convicted, let alone receive the punishment she deserves for the abuse she delivered to the officers.

Not one in 100,000 Reno residents would have been able to show the self-restraint demonstrated by the RPD officers when arresting the woman.

For the sake of retaining good police officers and maintaining public safety, City Council MUST allow RPD officers to FULLY protect themselves from abusive and dangerous assaults by ANY criminal, including our proportionately, most criminal element, vagrants-by-choice.

Less than a year ago, an RPD officer was almost killed by a drug-abusing vagrant. The man, repeatedly threatening employees and customers in a South Reno fast food restaurant, had been allowed to grow more brazen and out of control due to the “hands-off” policy imposed on RPD. When the officer finally confronted the man, the officer was assaulted, receiving what could have been fatal injuries.

Presently, the RPD force has the same number of officers that it had when our city was HALF its current population. The stress involved in police work is incomparable to any other profession and is matched only by military personnel serving in combat zones. For the sake of Reno citizens’ safety, City Council must make its first priority increasing the number of police officers. With a population that has almost doubled since the late 80’s, the RPD force must be increased to a commensurate level for the increased 2020 population. The City Council must give total support to our peace officers by allowing them to fully and firmly enforce all of Reno’s laws.

Community (Homeless) Court Field Trips

Sign up for a QOL-Reno field trip to the Community (Homeless) Court. See firsthand a judicial experiment that is testing a liberal approach to encouraging misdemeanor offenders to seek available resources, stop living on the street, and live law-abiding, productive lives.

Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a tour on any Wednesday morning: (775) 685.8200

The QOL-Reno HOMELESS PREMISE & CHALLENGE

PREMISE: The City of Reno – right now – has an abundant, available supply of food, employment, housing, and mental health resources for ANYONE. There is NO need for the City Council to spend one dollar more on “homeless services;” and to do so is a waste of taxpayers’ money and is making the homeless problem worse.

CHALLENGE: There is not ONE person living on Reno’s streets whom QOL-Reno cannot get housed and employed within 72 hours, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:

• Be clean and sober
• Be willing to work
• Be willing to obey the law
• Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)

Attention all parents of school-age children:

• WCSD schools rank last or near last in the nation
• A QOL-Reno WCSD teachers poll confirmed student discipline, strong moral values, and objective teaching to be almost non-existent
• School leaders deny the facts about this situation

Why would any parent keep their child enrolled in WCSD? Contact QOL-Reno for a wide variety of education options for your child.

Police, City Workers, and WCSD Teachers:
The Community needs you to SPEAK UP!

YOU know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.

 

Hot Sheet #21
2/21/20

 

Railroad Homeless Walk
Saturday, February 22 • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Get an up-close look at the hundreds of illegal, vagrant squatter camps being allowed in the area adjacent to the railroad tracks between Record Street and Wells Avenue. 

With unlimited resources available to anyone on the street, Reno’s acceptance of this dangerous, unsanitary situation is not compassionate for those living in it, nor is it healthy for them OR the community. 

The walk will leave from the corner of 4th & Record Streets at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday.

Questions? (775) 685.8200

 

Homeless (Community) Court Update

On Wednesday, February 19th, QOL-Reno took its first community members on a morning field trip to Community (Homeless) Court at the Downtown Library. Presiding Municipal Court Judge Tammy Riggs graciously answered QOL’s questions about the court’s operation. 

QOL’s primary concern is that the proceedings of the community court should be audible to all visitors in the audience. Currently, audience members can hear nothing said by the judge, the defendants, or their lawyers because the existing sound system is not being used to amplify the discussions as is typical in all other public courts. Courtroom observers thus have NO way of hearing what crimes are being tried, what the judge’s, lawyers’ and defendants’ responses are, or what sentences are being handed down. 

Judge Riggs promised QOL she would look into the possibility of amplifying the court proceedings presently held in the Downtown Library auditorium. A QOL-Reno investigation found that the library auditorium presently has a fully functioning sound system. 

Audible court proceedings for visitors is critical to getting residents to support the community court “experiment” because the court is definitely an extremely liberal alternative to traditional municipal court.

QOL-Reno had many questions for Judge Riggs regarding the constitutional issues involved in establishing a court that offers a “special kind of justice” for only a select group of people from a particular component of Reno’s population (vagrants who commit non-violent misdemeanors within the Reno Business Improvement District boundaries). Judge Riggs explained that the court can try ANY defendant – homeless or not – who commits the specific crimes her court deals with, AND, with the stipulation that RPD refers them to the Community Court.

The biggest question QOL had for Judge Riggs, was why ANY “special court” is needed for ANYONE. The 14th Amendment demands that laws be applied equally to everyone, as well as the consequences for breaking them.  (14th Amendment)

Judge Riggs believes that a community court is constitutional, and that the effect of her court on Reno’s recidivism statistics will be analyzed and reported on by a legal studies group at UNR. She stated that if her court’s results are not any better than traditional courts, then the court will possibly not be continued. Judge Riggs asked that the public be patient until her court’s effects on crime reduction can be fairly determined. QOL-Reno responded that providing amplified proceeding of the community court would be a powerful step in building the community’s trust and patience.

 

Progress is being made!
Successes in cleaning out
vagrant-by-choice illegal camps

The struggle is a long, challenging one, and often seems temporary. Working to get Reno’s illegally camping vagrants-by-choice to either follow the law and accept abundant community resources, or … to move somewhere else.

However, results during the past few months prove that progress and ultimate success are possible. 

Reno Police have played the major, leading role in cleaning out the following illegal camps, and deserve the entire community’s support and appreciation.

Pickett Park – RPD led two separate removals of large, entrenched illegal squatters that had ruined the park for most nearby residents.

Whitaker Park – RPD oversaw a full-clearing-minus-one of a large illegal camp that had troubled local residents for over a year. As of this date, however, residents have reported that illegal camps are returning.

Brodhead Park – RPD directed a full removal of polluting, riverfront camps that had existed for many years and was growing steadily more violent.

Fisherman’s/Champion Parks – This week, RPD cleared this park for approximately the third time. The clearing of this large-scale problem doesn’t last because not a single citation is issued and no arrests are made.

Waterfront camps on the south side of the river are still being allowed. 

Paradise Park/Sparks Drive-In – While some illegally-camping RV’s remain in the Paradise Park parking lot, a large camp of over 2 dozen tents has been permanently removed by a combination of RPD and Sparks Police.

2 Private North Valley Properties – Both properties had over a dozen illegally camping vehicles and mountains of toxic waste, garbage, and sewage. With the support of RPD and QOL-encouraged citizens arrests, both properties were completely cleared, but it cost the property owners $25,000 and $10,000 respectively to remove the garbage while the perpetrators received no fine or jail time from the Municipal Court.

Private Property behind Lemon Valley Walmart – A dozen+ illegal tents and vehicles had illegally camped at this site for months. The vagrants were heavily stealing from the Walmart on a daily basis, and intimidating Walmart shoppers by glaring at them when they parked. With the support of RPD, and QOL-Reno filing Code Enforcement complaints and notifying the absentee owner of the situation, the lot is completely cleared. The Walmart manager said the intimidating behavior has stopped, and “the store is not getting robbed nearly as much as it was.” 

A West Reno Private Riverfront Property adjacent to an upscale condominium development had a growing list of illegal squatters who were trespassing on the condominium property: using their water and electricity, and ruining the residents’ quality of life. QOL-Reno motivated the property owner to work with RPD on removing the vagrants, and the property was cleared within a week.

 

EDITORIAL

IT’S A CHOICE TO STAY HOMELESS

by Amanda Carter

Chronic homelessness is a choice. I am living proof that anyone experiencing homelessness can get out and stay out, if they want. I am a mother of 3. I am a survivor of human trafficking. I am an addict working a program of recovery. Yes, I have been and have experienced homelessness. From experience, I know, Reno City resources and community assistance programs work.

There are so many excuses as to why a person is unable to get off of the streets. I do NOT want to hear them anymore. The only answer that is honest to me is, “I DO NOT want to.” Getting off the street and into a place of stability requires a person to find God, get sober, address and manage mental health issues while working a legal job. 

In some cases, such as mine, I asked Washoe County Human Services Agency to open up a case against me. Child Protective Services safely watched my kids when I went into an inpatient program (free of charge) in order to address the substance abuse issues I had. I trusted CPS to give me custody of my children back as long as I was a fit parent. If I wasn’t willing to put in the work and address the mental health issues I experienced as a result of the unhealthy lifestyle I had been living, then my children deserved better. 

I wanted to get off the street and away from unhealthy lifestyle patterns. First I found a church home. Then I began to utilize several services available to our homeless population. I followed the suggestions offered by these agencies intended to bridge the gap out of poverty into a life of self-sufficiency. I sought mental health services (free of charge), and yes, I have a mental health diagnosis. This is not an excuse for laziness or inability to work. I was able to seek services that gave me a hand up (not hand-out) as long as I continued to work and participate in recovery. Job skills and training programs, continuing education, and job placement services are gifts I received as a result of the hard work I did. I now have full custody of my children and live in affordable housing without subsidy.

I am a firm believer that the only publicly-funded initiative, which needs to be supported, is getting our chronically homeless off the street and into programs specializing in addressing the needs of this population. Many of our substance abuse and mental health facilities already in place have housing available. 

Giving chronically homeless a safe place to do drugs and commit crimes is not the answer and is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Giving our chronically homeless population a safe place to live without requiring sobriety and providing optional services is a catalyst to community-destruction. 

Our community has a surplus amount of resources that can be accessed by any and everybody experiencing homelessness or temporary poverty. When utilized and accessed, Reno meets the needs of those who need help. Those not accessing these resources do so because they do not want help, they do not want permanent change. These are the types who are homeless by choice. They want spare change and handouts. If we want to help our homeless population and those experiencing temporary poverty, donate and give to the agencies that can and do enable real change. This is our community. This is our city. Mayor Hilary Schieve has said, “Love Reno. If we can unite on anything, it’s Love Reno.” Tough love is a form of love and saying “No”, is a form of self-care. It’s time for change and that time is now.

Amanda Carter is 32 years old and has lived in the Reno/Sparks area for 27 years. Amanda advocates change for people who want it. Responses welcome at: ac6572110@gmail.com

 

New! HOMELESS COURT FIELD TRIP

Sign up for a QOL-Reno Homeless Court Field Trip! See firsthand the source of much of Reno’s homeless problem (i.e. NO real consequences for illegal behavior if you’re a vagrant, a challenge to the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause).

Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a tour on any Wednesday morning: (775) 685.8200

 

The QOL-Reno HOMELESS PREMISE & CHALLENGE

PREMISE: The city of Reno – right now – HAS an abundant, available supply of food, employment, housing, and mental health treatment for ANYONE. There is NO need for the City Council to spend one dollar more on “homeless services;” and to do so is a waste of taxpayers’ money and is making the homeless problem WORSE.

CHALLENGE: There is not ONE person living on Reno’s streets whom QOL-Reno cannot get housed and employed within 72 hours, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:

  • Be clean and sober
  • Be willing to work
  • Be willing to obey the law
  • Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)

Recent visitors to QOL looking for assistance responded with the following:

  • “What?! You want me to take a bus to work?” when the individual was offered a $15/hour job and a free bus pass.
  • After being offered immediate employment and counseling support, the individual responded, “I don’t really want to work. I just want to get on disability for my mental issues.”

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:

  • WCSD schools rank last or near last in the nation
  • A QOL-Reno WCSD teachers poll confirmed student discipline, strong moral values, and objective teaching to be almost non-existent
  • School leaders deny the facts about this situation

Why would any parent keep their child enrolled in WCSD? Contact QOL-Reno for a wide variety of education options for your child. 

 

POLICE, CITY WORKERS, AND WCSD TEACHERS:THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP!

YOU know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.

Hot Sheet #20
2/14/20

Watch the
“HONEST State of the City Address – 2020”
(video)

 

QOL Goes to Municipal Court: No Justice

QOL-Reno recently attended a hearing at our Municipal Court. We were there in support of a plaintiff for citizen’s arrest citations he signed against two individuals who had been illegally RV camping for months on private property in the North Valley area. The squatters left behind a filthy, dangerous environment filled with toxic waste, garbage, and sewage. The plaintiff, representing the land owner, and QOL-Reno had spent many hours voluntarily supporting his effort to clear the property of illegal squatters.

The two defendants pleaded guilty; each received a 30-day jail sentence that was suspended as long as they don’t break the law during the next 12 months. The vagrants received no fines and walked free. 

Meanwhile the owner was forced to spend over $10,000 to clean up the garbage and waste left behind on his OWN property by the two illegal squatters and others. The two defendants thanked the judge, acted very penitent, and promised they’d be “good” in the future. Where are they living now? A few miles down the road on ANOTHER piece of private property that doesn’t belong to them. They’re illegally squatting again without this property owner’s permission.

QOL-Reno goes to “Homeless Court”
and finds … even LESS justice

QOL-Reno recently visited the Reno “Homeless Court,” misleadingly known as the “Community Court.” We were promised a direct interview with the judge who runs this court, but Reno’s Specialty Court office has refused to follow through. The judge herself is totally unreachable.

Detailed information about this Homeless Court and its clear violation of the 14th Amendment (Equal protection under the law) is hard to come by. We were told that the court could be for “anyone,” but on the morning QOL-Reno visited, the only “anyone’s” were vagrants-by-choice.

This “court” has to be seen to be believed. Ticketed law-breakers are treated like valued guests, and are welcomed to the court with free coffee and donuts, an army of social service providers, and gratitude for the fact that the lawbreakers decided to attend their court date.

It’s impossible to hear the dialogue between the judge and defendants because while there are two microphones on the judge’s desk, there is NO amplification. Our requests to turn up the volume were ignored, so the community has no way of hearing the proceedings. QOL-Reno sat within 20 feet of the judge’s desk and still could not hear ANYTHING about which crimes were being prosecuted, defendants’ responses, whether or not a sentence was handed down, or what it was. Therefore, the court hearings are “public” in name only.

Court promotional materials state that “sentences are handed down and carried out the same day … like picking up trash ….” However, in speaking to a Homeless Court representative, we were told that those sentences are almost always suspended because they prefer that the defendants get into a “treatment program” at some point in the future. 

QOL-Reno saw one defendant that they recognized. He received no punishment for whatever crime brought him to the  court that day, but we DID recognize him as a vagrant who threatened us with a machete when QOL-Reno sponsored its Riverfront Walk in November. 

QOL-Reno is offering field trips to Reno’s Community (Homeless) Court for any interested community members. Contact QOL-Reno for details (775) 685.8200.

EDITORIAL

A new city manager means new possibilities for Reno’s future

The best candidate for the newly opened City Manager position will be someone who does NOT need the job.

Reno must hire a new city manager who will tell the City Council what they don’t want to hear. What should the new manager be willing to stand up and say?

• The Council must stop its wasteful spending, including supplying itself with individual slush funds to buy votes. It must stop giving away public assets to their personal supporters and outside developers.

• The Council must allow RPD to immediately increase its number of officers to the level required to provide full community coverage. No excuses!

• The Council must immediately allow RPD to fully and fairly enforce the Municipal Code with ALL residents, including chronic vagrants-by-choice.

The individual who replaces outgoing City Manager Sabra Newby MUST be someone whose primary concern is NOT how long they stay employed. Their sole focus must be ensuring that council decisions are based on what is best for the COMMUNITY. The new manager must not capitulate to the personal whims of individual council members.

New!

SIGN-UP FOR A QOL-RENO HOMELESS COURT FIELD TRIP!
SEE FIRSTHAND THE SOURCE OF MUCH OF OUR HOMELESS PROBLEM:

NO real consequences for illegal behavior if you’re a vagrant – a clear violation of the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause. Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a tour on any Wednesday morning: (775) 685.8200

THE QOL-Reno HOMELESS PREMISE & CHALLENGE

PREMISE:  The City of Reno – right now – has an abundant, available supply of food, employment, housing, and mental health treatment for anyone. There is NO need for the City Council to spend one dollar more on “homeless services;” to do so is a waste of taxpayers’ money and makes the homeless problem worse.

CHALLENGE: There isn’t ONE person living on Reno’s streets whom QOL-Reno cannot get housed and employed within 72 hours, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:

• Be clean and sober

• Be willing to work

• Be willing to obey the law

• Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)

 

QOL-RENO presentations available:
“Reno’s Homeless Situation: The Real Facts”
Schedule our eye-opening presentation for any size group. Speaker: Tim McGivney, Reno resident and former homeless man and drug addict. Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a presentation. 775.685-8200.
   
   

Attention All City Workers and WCSD Teachers:
The community needs you to speak up!
If you’re a City of Reno worker or a WCSD educator, you know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.

SPECIAL  EDITION  #19
1/30/20

RPD Refuses to enforce the law:
Deny QOL-Reno’s citizen’s arrest request
at overrun Pickett Park
(Videos available on Facebook: #1 , #2)

On Wednesday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m., QOL-Reno observed that RPD was continuing to allow Pickett Park’s sheltered area and bathrooms to be taken over by illegal vagrant camps. QOL-Reno called the police and requested an officer to issue citizen’s arrest citations for QOL-Reno to sign.

QOL-Reno hoped to support RFD enforce existing law – using just 1 officer for about 2 hours, or approximately $300. All the vagrant park squatters would have been required to appear in court for their tickets, and the park would have been clean.  

Instead, RPD sent 4 police cars and 5 to 6 mostly high level officers, 2 city maintenance trucks to haul the vagrants’ trash, and 2 maintenance workers, for at least 4 hours, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $3-4,000. RPD issued ZERO citations. None of the park squatters will face any consequence for their illegal camping. None will pay court fees or fines, and they will likely return to continue squatting at the park.

The RPD officer stated that they “couldn’t make any arrests on the homeless today because of Martin v. Boise.”


RPD’s extremely narrow, timid interpretation of the Martin v. City of Boise decision is at the root of the problem. A review of the interpretation is definitely in order as other interpretations exist that would allow for better law enforcement.

“In short: the 9th Circuit did not just grant homeless people the right to camp or sleep anywhere they like at any time, nor did it bind the government’s hands in removing homeless people from public places in the interest of public health and welfare, or in preventing homeless people from setting up structures (such as tents) or accumulating possessions on public property. Rather, it simply ruled that the government can’t criminalize involuntary behavior, such as sleeping in public, for people who have no other choice. Governments have many options beyond simply criminalizing certain acts, and how jurisdictions choose to exercise their powers will no doubt be the topic of future litigation.” (source)

Finally, when QOL-Reno pointed out that some of the vagrants were leaving the park with stolen WalMart shopping carts, the RPD officer replied, “Do you work for Walmart? Why do you care? Did they steal them from you?” Could this attitude have anything to do with the large-scale retail theft growing at an alarming rate in Reno?

 

THE QOL-Reno HOMELESS PREMISE & CHALLENGE

PREMISE:  The City of Reno – right now – has an abundant, available supply of food, employment, housing, and mental health treatment for anyone . There is NO need for the City Council to spend one dollar more on “homeless services;” to do so is a waste of taxpayers’ money and makes the homeless problem worse.

CHALLENGE: There isn’t ONE person living on Reno’s streets whom QOL-Reno cannot get housed and employed within 72 hours, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:

• Be clean and sober

• Be willing to work

• Be willing to obey the law

• Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)

 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:

  • WCSD schools rank last in the nation
  • A QOL-Reno WCSD teachers poll confirmed student discipline, strong moral values, and objective teaching to be almost non-existent
  • School leaders deny the facts about the above

Why would any parent keep their child enrolled in WCSD? 

Contact QOL-Reno for a wide variety of education options for your child.

 

QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:

 “RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS”

Schedule our eye-opening presentation for any size group. The speaker is Tim McGivney, Reno former homeless man and drug addict. Contact QOL-Reno to book a presentation.


POLICE, CITY WORKERS, AND WCSD TEACHERS:
THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP!
YOU know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run.  The community needs to know about it.  Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.

Hot Sheet #18
1/27/20


City Hears Whitaker Park Residents!

RPD removes all vagrant camps (but one?)
Jan. 26 citizens arrest activity cancelled

After ignoring repeated pleas from Whitaker Park residents for over a year, Reno Police partially enforced the law on Jan. 22, removing 13 of the park’s 14 illegal vagrant camps. The one remaining tent has been camped illegally in the park for almost a year. RPD offered no explanation for why it wasn’t removed as it too is in violation of the Reno Municipal Code. RPD’s puzzling act of removing 93% of the illegal vagrant camps is similar to what has happened at other city parks where illegal camps have been removed.

RPD has temporarily placated many residents by forcing vagrants to remove their illegal camps, but with rare exceptions, vagrants are not issued tickets for their lawbreaking.

Without consequences for camping illegally, squatters have returned to the same parks, with RPD’s apparent approval, as the department refuses to keep the parks cleared of returning and new squatters. RPD’s refusal to keep the previously cleaned parks cleared of illegal camps is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Oops! RPD did it AGAIN at Paradise Park
On the same day (Jan. 22) that RPD did an incomplete job of enforcing the law and removing illegal vagrant camps at Whitaker Park, police from Sparks removed ALL of the 25 vagrant camps from the Sparks Drive-In Theater property. Where did some of the Sparks illegal squatters relocate? Approximately 100 feet across the street to Reno’s Paradise Park. RPD did not prevent Sparks vagrants from migrating into Reno.

MIA – Parks and Recreation Department Director
Pollution of the Truckee River, murders, car break-ins, rapes, fires,  sex trafficking, drug dealing, assaults, and robberies are ALL crimes that have recently occurred in some of Reno’s public parks.  The director of the Parks and Recreation Department has not publicly acknowledged the problem, nor has she said what she and her department are doing to help RPD resolve it. The Reno Hot Sheet offers the Parks and Rec Department an open space in this newsletter for addressing the community about park squatters.

MIA – City Manager
Reno City Manager Sabra Newby is Reno’s top paid administrator and Chief Executive. She has ultimate responsibility for overseeing the operation of the entire city government. Ms. Newby has been silent regarding the uncontrolled and escalating problems with vagrant-related crime and homeless issues. She has offered no explanation to the public regarding what her office is doing to address the issue.

Furthermore, QOL-Reno has made repeated requests to Ms. Newby, beginning in April, 2019, asking that she address the Reno Fire Department’s dangerous drug/alcohol contract policy that allows firefighters to be under the influence of alcohol, meth, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, and other illegal drugs in varying amounts from the DUI-limit up to 5 times the DUI limit, and still remain on the job to operate equipment. Newby has not publicly indicated opposition to the policy, but has repeatedly stated since April, 2019 that the RFD “contract is under negotiation,” and that she would “know something soon.” 

Newby has also not provided the public with blood test results for the drivers of the two RFD fire trucks involved in serious accidents during the Fall of 2019. Blood tests are required by law in accidents involving the RFD.

HOT SHEET  EDITORIAL

Reno Police Officers owe community a
“Vote of No Confidence” for Police Chief

Hiring or firing a Chief of Police should never be a question of personalities. It should be about ensuring that the office holder has the broad law enforcement experience, moral courage, and proven leadership skills to do the job. A good “Chief” must possess the strength of character to support his/her officers’ full and impartial enforcement of the law, even if that requires standing up to city officials and risking continued employment. Effective police chiefs are also committed to frequent, transparent communication with their communities as they pursue what should be their ONLY goal – to serve and protect the residents whose lives are in the Chief’s hands. 

Reno Hot Sheet’s opinion is that Reno Police Chief Jason Soto has insufficiently demonstrated these traits during his tenure and should be replaced. Under his leadership, Reno’s crime rate has continued to exceed national levels, and our national crime/safety grade is an “F”. (Source: The Reno, NV crime data is derived from the FBI’s uniform crime reports for the year of 2018.)

Soto’s ineffective leadership has allowed large-scale retail theft to reach epidemic proportions. Most importantly, the Chief has not shared a comprehensive plan for stemming the tidal wave of vagrant crime sweeping through Reno. 

At a time when our community needs to hear confident, frequent messaging from our law enforcement leader, Soto remains silent, with occasional superfluous presentations to City Council. He has given abundant proof that he is incapable of leading our community out of its growing problems with homeless-related crime.

But Reno Hot Sheet’s opinion should NOT be the determining factor in whether or not Chief Soto is replaced. Soto’s continued employment as RPD’s Chief should largely be determined by how the majority of rank-and-file officers feel about his leadership.

Numerous RPD officers have expressed to the Reno Hot Sheet their frustration with Soto’s leadership – primarily his refusal to allow them to firmly and fairly enforce our existing laws regarding criminal vagrants who oftentimes hide behind the “homeless” label. Officers have stated their disgust with what they perceive as Soto’s caving in to the timid law enforcement stance of the City Council and Mayor. Officers speaking to the Hot Sheet have said they are “embarrassed” by the Chief’s refusal to let them provide Reno residents with the safe and law-abiding community they’re capable of delivering. 

But talk is cheap. The real question is: Does Chief Soto’s lack of effective leadership bother RPD officers enough for them to deliver a vote of no-confidence from their union? This action, rather than off-the-record comments by frustrated officers, would bring to the forefront the discussion of whether Chief Soto should continue as RPD Chief of Police.

RPD receives tremendous support from our community – including paying taxes that provide officers with good salaries and generous pensions. No other single group in Reno is more trusted and relied upon to maintain our safety and quality of life than our police officers. If RPD officers do not agree with Chief Soto’s weak law enforcement practices and want stronger leadership, they need to send that message to the community with an immediate vote of no confidence.

 

WHO ELSE IS SPEAKING OUT TO QOL-RENO?

A riverfront bike rider: “… last summer riding home at night (we no longer ride on the river path at night), vagrants were shooting [with guns] across the river and path from their camps. We rode as fast as we could to get out of range of their fire. Their camps have been there for well over one year.”

• A Reno service club who is offering a scholarship contest to a local high school:
“Our club members went to the school to offer student scholarship money for an academic contest. We wanted to talk to teachers and enlist their help, but the school secretary would not let us past the school office for “security” reasons.”
Explanation: WCSD student behavior is so out of control that the Superintendent allows NO one – including parents and the School Board to make unannounced school visits – for fear of seeing firsthand the truth about Washoe County’s failing schools.

• A commercial property manager who oversees a local strip mall:
“We have about 20 illegal vagrants camping off the edge of our parking lot on our private property. They use drugs during the day and intimidate customers. They try to break into the local businesses and drive away legitimate customers. At night, the vagrants break into cars in our parking lot to steal money for more drugs. The next day, it starts all over again, and RPD refuses to do anything. The vagrants just laugh and ignore me when I tell them to leave. An RPD officer told the property manager that RPD will not enforce the law because “Hillary (Mayor Hillary Schieve) changed our policy, so we can’t arrest them.” (Note: Reno’s Mayor has ZERO legal authority to unilaterally change ANY law or policy; either the RPD officer was not telling the truth, or Reno’s Mayor is in serious violation of the law).

 

The QOL-RENO HOMELESS PREMISE & CHALLENGE

PREMISE: The city of Reno – right now – has an abundance of food, employment, affordable housing, and mental health treatment for ANYONE who truly wants to get off the streets. There is NO need for the City Council to spend one more taxpayer dollar for “homeless services.” To do so is wasting taxpayers’ money and making the homeless problem WORSE.
CHALLENGE: QOL-Reno can PROVE that not ONE of the 1,000+ people chronically living on Reno’s streets are legitimately “homeless,” in other words, without the present means to get employed and off the street. QOL-Reno can get ANY of them housed and employed within a few days, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:

• Be clean and sober
• Be willing to work
• Be willing to obey the law
• Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:
• WCSD, along with all of Nevada’s public schools, rank among the worst in the nation year after year.
• QOL-Reno’s anonymous survey of WCSD teachers confirmed that student discipline was out of control, and strong moral values were greatly lacking.

School leaders repeatedly deny the facts about these situations. Why would any parent keep their child enrolled in WCSD? Contact QOL-Reno for a wide variety of education options for your child. 

QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:
 “RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS”
Schedule our eye-opening presentation for any size group.
Speaker: Tim McGivney, Reno former homeless man and drug addict. Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a presentation.

POLICE, CITY WORKERS, AND WCSD TEACHERS:
The Community needs you to speak up!
YOU know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.


RENO HOT SHEET #17
01/15/20

SPECIAL EDITION

 

City Leaders hold secret meeting about homeless issue
Purpose? To manipulate government homeless funding and to keep the community uninformed

According to a meeting participant who spoke with QOL-Reno, city leaders held a secret meeting Monday morning, January 13 to discuss the out-of-control homeless problem and to get agreement on some ethically questionable behavior on the part of the city.

Participants at the meeting included: City Council members, RPD officers, representatives from the County Health Department, City Manager’s office, Code Enforcement, TMWA, and the contractor hired to clean the homeless encampments.

QOL-Reno contacted the City Manager’s office to confirm the full list of attendees at the meeting on Monday. The City Manager confirmed the meeting took place, but refused to confirm those attending, stating that the information would only be available when requested through a Freedom of Information Act request (for a meeting that had happened that same day?). Based upon the City Manager’s refusal to release this information, it’s possible that the number of Council members in attendance violated the Open Meeting Law.

It’s easy to understand why the City Manager doesn’t want the community to know about the meeting because of the two main points that were shared with the meeting’s participants.

1) RPD and their contractor have been told NOT to remove ANY homeless camps during the next 3 weeks because “they don’t want to affect the upcoming “Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count,” the annual counting of Reno’s homeless population.

Translation. Reno’s PIT count determines how much federal funding is awarded to Reno’s homeless programs. City leadership doesn’t want RPD or its contractor to remove any illegal camps before completion of the PIT count because it could cause criminal vagrants to LEAVE Reno and would result in Reno programs receiving less government funding. Therefore, the Reno PIT count submitted to the government will be a manipulated one that does NOT reflect the normal action of law enforcement.

Consequently, there will most likely be continuing murders, stabbings, shootings, drownings, theft, and burn injuries/deaths in the vagrant population because of the lack of law enforcement action. Apparently, loss of lives is of less concern to city leaders and the homeless industrial complex than the possible loss of federal homeless funding.

2) Meeting attendees were asked to refrain from saying anything to the public about the homeless problem and to “just let the city speak with one voice.” Exactly who that “one voice” will be is not known.

Reno Hot Sheet #16
January 14, 2020

QOL-Reno Selects TMWA Director as Reno’s Citizen of the Decade!
You need to watch the presentation by Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s Andy Gebhardt (Director of Operations and Water Quality). Mr. Gebhardt’s talk and photos on the damage that is being done to our Truckee River water supply by illegal riverfront camps, must be seen to be believed. His decision to go public with this situation is the bravest and most valuable action that QOL-Reno has ever witnessed by a public official.

Mr. Gebhardt has made several public presentations, including Reno’s City Council and the Community Homeless Advisory Board (CHAB). He is still scheduling presentations for local groups. The link below is a video of his presentation.

TMWA’s Andy Gephardt presentation to City Council at Dec. 4, 2019 council meeting (videoStart at 3:09.00

EVERY Washoe resident who drinks Truckee water owes Mr. Gebhardt a letter, email, or phone call of gratitude for his courageous willingness to speak up on our community’s behalf.

UPDATE: HOMELESS CAMPS REMOVAL
City’s Half-way Approach to Removing Illegal Vagrant Camps:
NOT Working –
Wasting Millions –
Making the Situation Worse

The GOOD News: RPD, City maintenance workers, and a private contractor being paid $250k for a few months work are progressively removing dozens of illegal vagrant squatters from the Truckee River, parks, and other public areas.

The BAD News: Most of those individuals being removed are NOT being ticketed or arrested; they are simply relocating their camps nearby and/or coming right back to the same parks.

Additionally, neither the city nor the private contractor are removing the mountains of garbage and drug needles that remain stuck IN the river itself. Why do neither RPD nor the Contractor consider removing THIS trash as part of their job?

MORE Bad News: The RPD Lieutenant newly in charge of the Homeless Division spoke to local media about the cleanup efforts. He spoke proudly of the fact that because the law-breaking vagrants had left the park peaceably, RPD had made NO arrests (“legal action”) while spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, removing the massive illegal encampments at the riverfront parks. Could there be a BETTER way to motivate the illegal campers to CONTINUE their criminal behavior? Using RPD’s reasoning, if they caught a vagrant in a stolen car or robbing a bank, and the perpetrator politely turned over the keys or money to RPD, they would not arrest them.

WHY this approach will worsen the situation:
• This endless (and avoidable) version of homeless “Whack-a-Mole” being played by RPD and the City’s contractor, will become too expensive for the City to continue the movement. The City is paying the contractor a premium rate for his workers, PLUS the cost of City maintenance workers and RPD officers being pulled from other duties and/or working overtime. Reno’s current city debt is $1.2 BILLION!
• The illegal squatters will become MORE brazen because there are no real consequences for their criminal behavior. Word of Reno’s soft law enforcement will encourage MORE vagrants-by-choice to set up their law-breaking and polluting activities on the Truckee, and in our parks, businesses, and community.

The Solution – and Quote of the Week

is best expressed by a former TMWA worker:

The solution is simple: keep the damn illegal camps OFF the river, and arrest ANYone who refuses to follow that law.

I don’t know where the public’s apathy toward this serious issue comes from. The community just doesn’t know what’s going on. If they did, they would do something about it.

The public should not be stupid to the fact that (City Council) continues to allow public health and safety hazards to exist on the Truckee.

Local Media Trying to Keep QOL-Reno From Telling Community the Truth
The Dan Mason Talk Show on KOH 780 AM advertises itself as providing the Reno community with “… in depth discussion of the issues and current events…”

Apparently, that’s ONLY true if your opinion is something Dan Mason agrees with. This week, two different QOL-Reno employees called-in to the KOH program to share their thoughts on that day’s topic of Homelessness. One employee was hung-up on after identifying himself, and the other was told that QOL-Reno’s opinions were not welcome because “(Dan Mason) doesn’t like your tactics.” No further explanation was given.

UPDATE:
Big Box Stores Continue Allowing Shoplifters to Steal Anything and Everything With NO Consequences
Employees who try to stop the criminals get fired
“RPD won’t respond unless the stolen amount EXCEEDS $1,200.” What?!
Reno’s large corporate stores like Home Depot and WalMart continue to allow teams of thieves to brazenly steal cart-loads of high-priced items – in broad daylight – on a daily basis. Employees of these stores have repeatedly attested to this to QOL-Reno. The employees are frustrated because their supervisors threaten to fire any employee who tries to stop this large-scale theft, even as the problem increases.

One grocery store manager was told by RPD that unless the stolen amount EXCEEDED $1,200, (6 full shopping carts!), that RPD would not even respond to a 911 call.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Call the RPD Chief of Police, the City Manager, the City Attorney, the Mayor, and your City Council Member and demand that they stop allowing this behavior because it encourages a citywide disrespect for lawful behavior.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:

WCSD schools rank last in the nation. Our QOL-WCSD teachers poll confirmed that student discipline, strong moral values, and objective teaching about political and social issues are in serious decline. ANY reasonable parent should be looking at educational alternatives to keeping  their children in WCSD. Contact QOL-Reno to learn about a wide variety of education options for your child.

QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:
“RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS”
Schedule our eye-opening presentation for any group of any size. Speaker: Tim McGivney- Reno resident and former homeless man and drug addict. Contact QOL-Reno to book a presentation.

CITY WORKERS AND WCSD TEACHERS:
THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP!
If you’re a City of Reno worker or a WCSD educator, you know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.

30-Day Homeless-Challenge Results:
QOL-Reno proves Council doesn’t understand the problem and is wasting MILLION$

On November 25, QOL-Reno presented a challenge to the City Council.

From 11/24/19 to 12/24/19, the City Council couldn’t find ONE of Reno’s 1,000 chronic on-the-street vagrants, falsely identifying themselves as legitimately homeless, who QOL-Reno couldn’t get housed and employed in 72 hours, IF the vagrant was willing to simply:
• Get clean and sober
• Work a steady job that QOL-Reno would help them find
• Get mental health treatment if they needed it

QOL’s opinion is that Reno’s 1,000 vagrants are ON the streets (and not in the countless good, supportive programs)  because they don’t WANT to do what it takes to get off the street, NOT because of a lack of jobs or affordable housing.

Thirty days later on Dec. 24, QOL’s premise was proven 100% correct.

After offering QOL’s housing and employment package to hundreds of vagrants, QOL and the Downtown Ambassadors found only 22 individuals who called QOL to ask for more details.
• Of these 22 individuals who called QOL, 21 immediately lost interest and disappeared when they were told that in order to get housing, they had to stop using drugs/alcohol and be willing to work a steady job.
ONE PERSON out of the 1,000 vagrants on the street said she would be willing to fulfill the requirements. Twenty-four hours later, QOL had her employed in a $15.50/hour job and with a bank account for her pay checks and Social Security check. Because she was employed, the VOA shelter agreed to extend her residency for a few more weeks until the nice-quality, affordable apartment she found would be ready.
Meanwhile, the City Council made ZERO referrals to QOL’s offer, but DID find time to approve ANOTHER multi-million dollar taxpayer funded project that gives free housing to the 1,000 vagrants who do not WANT to be sober, work, or obey the law.

WCSD tells mother of 9th grader that achieving 6 YEARS below grade level is “doing good”

QOL-Reno was recently contacted by the concerned mother of a 9th grader who has attended WCSD schools for the past 9 years. Until this year, the child’s mother had always been told that her child was “doing very good.” Upon entering high school this year, the child has been failing all classes. The mother asked QOL’s educators to assess her child’s skills; they were found to be 6 YEARS below grade level in most areas! QOL-Reno shared this educational malpractice information with the WCSD Board of Trustees. Board President Simon-Holland was the only respondent. She expressed NO interest in meeting with the child or the family, but merely responded with education double-speak, questioning what particular assessment methods were used. QOL-Reno is encouraging this parent and ALL parents to remove their children from WCSD schools immediately until comprehensive, systemic changes have been made. Parents can contact QOL-Reno to receive information on the wide variety of school options available in the community.

RENO PARKS UPDATE:
3 of the 10 worst parks cleaned up, but 7 more to go!

Progress is being made in clearing illegal camps and garbage out of Reno’s parks however, until all squatters are ticketed, and not just moved along, the camps will continue to relocate and remain a huge and dangerous problem.

The previous Reno Hot Sheet listed the 10 Reno city parks that are being taken over by illegal vagrant camping, trash, illegally parked vehicles, etc.

Here is the most recent update on those parks:
Champion Park – CLEAN! Great job, RPD/Maintenance/Parks & Rec
Fishermen’s #1 – Tents are mostly gone but illegally camping RV’s need to be removed.
Fishermen’s #2 – NO CHANGE!! and this one is the WORST! MANY tents still on South Side of river, in spite of the Health Department complaints and the city’s promise that they would be removed.
Whitaker Park – 2 of the 4 tents are gone. RPD has promised the rest will be removed January 2.
Barbara Bennett Park – NO CHANGE. Large amounts of stored belongings by basketball court have NOT been removed.
Dorothy McAlinden Park – CLEAN! Crushed car was removed. Great job, RPD/Maintenance/Parks & Rec
Idlewild Park – NO CHANGE. MANY RV’s still illegally living there.
Paradise Park – WORSE!! More tents and More illegal RV’s, ALL of which are close to an elementary school.
Valleywood Park – CLEAN! Abandoned RV was removed. Great job, RPD/Maintenance/Parks & Rec school.
Pickett Park – NO CHANGE! An ill
egal tent has been set-up under the overhang, and the covered picnic area and restroom are still controlled by vagrants on a daily basis. No average citizen would go near that area. Homeless belongings cover the entire tables area, and illegal open fires occur daily. Illegal RV’s and trashed cars still there periodically. One male, YEARS-long illegal camper absolutely REFUSES to obey the law and leave and thus attracts others. (RPD, you know who we mean.)

Did we miss any problems (or progress) in YOUR parks? Contact QOL-Reno at 685.8200, and/or send us your photos with date, time and park.

Local paper reports half-truth about WCSD graduation rate increase 

In a December 30 article on WCSD’s graduation rate increase, online newspaperThis is Reno chose to provide misleading public relations support to the school district, rather than reporting the whole truth about our worst-in-the-nation schools.  https://thisisreno.com/2019/12/state-school-district-report-increased-graduation-rates/

This is Reno reported only the school district’s claim of handing out a record number of diplomas. What TIR failed to add, was that as the manipulated local graduation rates have gone UP, the national and unable-to-be-manipulated ACT scores for WCSD students have steadily declined, to the point where 90% of the 4,000 diplomas granted went to students whose scores were too low to qualify for any college level classes.  

This is Reno‘s article did not challenge the district’s claim that “The requirements for graduation are rigorous…” What!? A recent QOL-Reno poll of WCSD teachers revealed that the school district: requires no proficiency test for students to graduate, gives students a “C” grade for a 50% test score, allows students to make-up an entire semester class in 2 weeks, and forbids teachers from failing students, even if students do no work at all. This is Reno refused to respond to QOL-Reno’s request that they either include the full facts, or allow a guest op/ed from QOL-Reno that would.

UPDATE:
A SECOND success in clearing squatters’ drug camps out of N. Valley is underway!

The efforts of RPD and a second private property owner on Peavine Road have resulted in the removal of 6+ RV’s camped illegally on private property. Some of the RV owners received court citations, but most did not. RPD could tow more illegal RV’s if they had more space to store them. Why isn’t the City Council turning one of their dozens of empty properties into another storage space for RPD? Just pushing the RV’s off one property, without impounding them or ticketing the owners, encourages the RV owners to simply relocate them elsewhere in Reno. Reno’s Code Enforcement office has begun citing private property owners who allow illegal campers and/or garbage on their land. 

If you know a private property owner who is allowing illegal homeless camps, please contact QOL-Reno.

QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: “RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS”

Schedule our eye-opening presentation for any size group. Speaker: Tim McGivney, Reno resident and former homeless man and drug addict. Contact QOL-Reno to schedule a presentation.

ATTENTION ALL CITY WORKERS AND WCSD TEACHERS: THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP!

If you’re a City of Reno worker or a WCSD educator, you know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.