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.
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 (video) Start 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 illegal 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.
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.
WCSD Teachers Tell the Truth About Our Schools QOL-Reno survey results prove WHY we rank at the bottom nationwide
Nevada Schools, including Washoe County, have ranked worst in the nation for years. Recent ACT scores showed 90% of WCSD graduates don’t qualify for college-level classes, which means that 3,600 of the 4,000 diplomas handed out last year were worthless. Violent student behavior continues to increase. Meanwhile, the Washoe County School Board and Superintendent continue to deny these problems even exist.
QOL-Reno wanted to hear what the teachers themselves had to say. We mailed invitations to participate in an anonymous online survey to 3,000 WCSD teachers. Three percent of them had the moral courage to speak up. The problems with our schools will continue until the other 97% of our teachers ignore their union’s unwillingness to change the status quo and start demanding change.
Teachers responded anonymously to questions about student behavior, academic learning, and leadership. Excerpts from the teachers’ responses follow. A compilation of responses were sent to the WCSD School Board, and can be read by opening this link (Survey Response Excerpts).
Quoting Typical Survey Responses on Student Behavior:
Several teachers reported the following: • Severely battered in the face • Slapped, spit on, and punched to the ground. • Stabbed with scissors
• Hit on the head with a laptop
• Punched in the face
• Furniture thrown at them
• Sexually abused • 2/3 of the teachers said they knew teachers who have been assaulted by students. • and nothing ever happens to the students.
Quoting Typical Survey Responses on Academic Learning:
• They won’t let teachers fail kids who do no work at all. • They make us give students a “C” who score 50% on a test. • WCSD manipulates the grades and student absences to raise the graduation rate. • Teachers who won’t inflate their grades fear losing their jobs. • Teachers are exiting at an alarming rate. • Teacher morale is extremely low.
• Parents as a whole are terrible. • Student behavior is severely impacting learning. • Schools are overcrowded and underfunded. • The stress is wiping out teachers. • The School Board has failed the community repeatedly and still gets re-elected. Not only that, but most of them are clueless to the real issues in a classroom.
77 Out of Reno’s 87 Parks are in great shape.
The OTHER 10? Use at your own risk.
QOL-Reno just completed a tour of Reno’s 87 public parks.
Seventy-seven were clean, safe, and free of illegal activity including drug use, drug dealing, violent crime, abandoned vehicles, and illegal homeless camping including tents, RV’s, and personal belongings.
The following 10 parks have some combination of all of the above items.
Fishermen’s 1 & 2 and Champion – the absolute worst: They’re out of control, seriously dangerous, and an embarrassment and liability to our city and our Truckee River drinking water supply. Latest reports indicate that the LONG overdue cleanup is underway. The Hot Sheet will report on any progress. Whitaker Park: RPD promised to clean it out this week. Will they? Barbara Bennett Park Dorothy McAlinden Park Idlewild Park Paradise Park: (the illegal camps are close to an elementary school) Valleywood Park Pickett Park: RPD is allowing former illegal campers that were previously removed to return!
QOL-Reno is in discussion with our City Parks and Recreation Department to learn why these situations have gone untreated and how that can be changed. We will keep you posted on any change in either direction.
Moving illegal squatters out of the parks is an important step, but if RPD is not issuing court appearance tickets to every illegal squatter, the problems will simply relocate and not be permanently solved.
Did we miss any problems or progress in YOUR parks? Contact QOL-Reno at 685.8200, and/or send us your photos.
UPDATE: First success in clearing squatters’ drug camps out of North Valley!
QOL-Reno congratulates Reno Police and the private owner of a Stead-area property on completely removing a years-long squatters’ camp and the criminal element it attracted. More private property owners in this area with similar problems have taken note, and are taking steps to clean up their own properties. Code Enforcement for City of Reno is citing any property owners who do not take care of this problem. Being an area with a number of illegal camps that need to be removed, work would progress much faster if Ward 4 City Council Member Bonnie Weber would acknowledge the problem and become involved in resolving the issue.
QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: “RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS”
QOL-Reno has an outstanding powerpoint presentation available for any group of any size. Reno resident and former homeless man Tim McGivney provides the real facts about our numerous homeless resources, the comprehensive cost of unchecked vagrancy to our community, and how this situation could be easily, inexpensively, and rapidly solved. 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 truth firsthand about how our city and schools are being run, and the community needs to know about it. Your information can make the difference! Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity, and we will get the word out to the community. (775) 685-8200.
UPDATE: 30-Day Stop Homelessness Challenge: ALL of QOL-Reno’s claims are proving to be TRUE
This is Day 14 of QOL–Reno’s challenge to City Council. Our challenge to the Cit Council members was that in the 30-day period between November 25 and December 24, they could not send us even ONE PERSON from the 1,000 living on the street, that we couldn’t get housed and employed within 72 hours if the individual was willing to be clean and sober and work. See VIDEO of 30-Day Challenge Update #1.
On the other hand, QOL-Reno and the Reno Ambassadors have found a total of 7 on-the-street individuals who were willing to contact us regarding the certainty of their getting almost immediate housing and employment IF they were willing to be clean and sober and willing to work. Results thus far include:
• A homeless woman living in an illegal tent camp was trading sex for drugs and alcohol, and wanted out of the camp. She was so drunk she could barely stand, but accepted our immediate offer to put her in a detox program, which we did within 24 hours. Program opportunities were available to her afterwards, but she stopped contacting us. • An older homeless woman had been living in the city homeless shelter for months, had no money and wanted to work, but had only received counseling to access free housing from VOA. She enrolled with QOL-Reno and began working a $14.50/hour job in less than 48 hours. We immediately set her up with a savings account, two housing options, and a second job offer. But as soon as she started working, she stopped contacting us and failed to pursue the housing options. • A homeless young man, drunk, came to us with the desire to stop his alcohol abuse and get his life right. He expressed complete willingness to get into a private, Bible-based residential program. We immediately found him two openings to choose from enabling him to be in a treatment program within 48 hours. He was supposed to contact us for support in entering the programs, but he did not.
THE REMAINING 4 INDIVIDUALS WHO CONTACTED QOL-RENO: • ALL had monthly checks from the government (from $700 – $1200). • ALL had drug/alcohol abuse problems and spent their checks buying and using drugs and alcohol. • ALL declined to get clean/sober and expressed their belief that the city “owes” them free housing, clothing, food, and transportation. • ALL declined to work.
Thus far, QOL-Reno’s 30-Day Challenge proves the following: • Less than 1/2 of 1% of the 1,000 vagrants-by-choice on Reno’s streets are willing to do what it takes to change their lives – sobriety and a willingness to work. • Anyone on the street who does decide to get sober and work, can get housed and employed almost immediately! • The City Council’s approach to homelessness – spending tens of millions of dollars to just GIVE housing to those who are not sober and don’t want to work is a total waste of taxpayers’ money and simply attracts more vagrants-by-choice to Reno. • The reason the Council pursues this unproductive direction is because not ONE of them cares enough about these vagrants or the community to simply go out on the street to see firsthand that these individuals are there by choice with no desire to utilize available services. • This situation will never change and will get worse until the Council allows Reno Police to enforce the laws for drugs, theft, crime, and illegal camping. Enforcement of laws would motivate the vagrants to either seek help, go to jail, or leave Reno.
UPDATE: HOMELESS CAMPS POLLUTING OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY Good News: City Council approved $250K at their December 4 meeting to clean up all of the Truckee River’s illegal homeless camps that they’ve allowed to live on the Truckee for years. Bad News: That amount isn’t sufficient to remove the hundreds of camps and their mountains of toxic waste, sewage, contaminated soil, and garbage from the riverbanks and the river itself. The total approved amount contracted is $50,000 less than Council plans to spend on ONE TOILET for Brodhead Park.
ACCEPTING NO BLAME At the Dec. 4 meeting, not one Council member accepted responsibility for the health and safety issues existing on the Truckee River. This problem exists because the Council has refused to enforce laws prohibiting illegal camping on the Truckee for years.
WHO DOES THE COUNCIL CARE ABOUT? During discussion of the Truckee River illegal camping and pollution issue, the Mayor and Council member Jardon, with no counter argument from other Council members, emphasized that their biggest reason for wanting the several hundred polluting vagrant squatters removed from the riverfront, was to protect the illegal campers from possible dangerous flooding!!
Minimal concern was expressed for the 400,000 community members whose drinking water source, health and safety, and the community’s future are at serious risk by the illegal camping that the Council is allowing. No mention was made by ANY Council members that City maintenance workers and police who cleared out the riverfront camps encountered booby-trap devices left behind by the vagrants, designed to stab City employees with used hypodermic needles. This fact was confirmed by both maintenance and public safety workers.
WHERE IS LOCAL TV COVERAGE FOR RENO’S #1 MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE? Legitimate TV coverage of the Truckee River pollution and illegal camps by local television has been extremely “soft” or almost nonexistent. None of the stations have mentioned QOL-Reno’s water test results that showed pollution levels far beyond the safety level for human contact. TV stations, priding themselves on their “tough” investigative reporting, have repeatedly been informed about this situation, and yet refuse to pursue the story in-depth or to explain their stations’ lack of serious reporting. Sources with firsthand information have told QOL-Reno that local tv reporters have been pressured to avoid any in-depth investigation on this subject.
TMWA GIVES CHILLING PRESENTATION ABOUT ENDANGERMENT OF WATER TREATMENT FACILITY Truckee Meadows Water Authority gave an unnerving presentation to the City Council on 12/4/2019 on the Truckee River, detailing with photographs the dangerous and harmful impact on the water treatment plant and processes. TMWA’s photos of huge amounts of feces, needles and urine dumped into their water treatment ponds by illegal squatters is a call-to-action for the Council to rectify the situation immediately. Video Link: (Begin at 3:20:25, ten minutes long)
CURRENTLY TARGETED RENO PARK: WHITAKER PARK Whitaker Park at 550 University Terrace has a growing number of illegal homeless camps that the City Council and RPD have refused to remove. An 11/15/19 City Attorney internal memo to the Chief of Police and City Manager detailed how RPD officers could legally proceed to remove illegally camping squatters from our parks, yet the City Council and RPD have refused to remove them thus far. (Memo copies available from QOL-Reno.)
Area residents have been contacting Reno Direct and RPD for over a year, asking that the law be enforced and camps removed from Whitaker Park. ALL of their requests have been ignored. Reno Direct is primarily nothing more than a sham created by City Council to deceive residents into thinking that their concerns will be addressed. QOL-Reno will update on this effort.
QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: “RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS” QOL-Reno has an outstanding brief presentation available for churches, clubs, political organizations, or neighborhood groups. It is presented by Tim McGivney, Reno resident and former homeless man. Tim’s presentation provides the real facts about our numerous homeless resources, the comprehensive cost of unchecked vagrancy to our community, and BEST of all, how this situation could be simply, inexpensively, and rapidly solved. A Question & Answer period follows the presentation. Contact QOL-Reno at info@QOL-Reno.org if you wish to schedule a presentation. Tim’s speaking schedule is filling up rapidly!
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 truth firsthand about how our city and schools are being run, and the community needs to know about it. Your information can make the difference! You can contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity, and we will get the word out to the community.
CITY COUNCIL AND RENO POLICE REMOVE ILLEGAL SQUATTER CAMPS FROM BRODHEAD PARK!
A fleet of city workers and equipment descended on Brodhead Park on the Truckee River on Wednesday, November 21, and by mid-afternoon, practically 100% of the illegal and polluting squatters’ camps and garbage had been removed.Congratulations are in order to both the City Council and Reno Police for doing a great job at the park location!
Reno now has two lovely parks with no tent campers, Pickett Park and Brodhead Park, but there are dozens more parks and areas left to clean up.
We have NO doubt that the Council and RPD can and will get them clean and safe, but they need our help and support.
Call in YOUR parks’ situations to City Council and RPD. If you get no response, call QOL-Reno (685-8200), and we’ll work with you to have the kind of community we ALL want: safe, clean, law-abiding, and in a city with firm, fair laws that benefit everyone!
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