#9 – Nov. 1, 2019

“Screaming high levels of fecal and e-coli” found in river water by Brodhead Park homeless camps.
QOL-Reno gathered water samples from the Truckee River near the Brodhead Park homeless camps on October 28. The results were analyzed by a local, certified testing laboratory and results were received October 31. “We found screaming high levels of fecal coliforms and e-coli … the highest possible levels our equipment can record … and you don’t want ANY measurable amount of ANY of these.” One of TMWA’s intake plants is downriver from the test water location. A copy of the lab report is available by e-mailing your request to: info@qol-reno.org

What can YOU do?
This Saturday, come see how City Council and RPD are allowing your drinking water to be polluted!
Riverfront 1000 Walking Tour – 9:00 a.m., Brodhead Park, 5 S. Park St.
Come see firsthand how violent and out-of-control the squatters’ camps have become, and the sewage, filth, and garbage that is entering this valuable source of drinking water. flyer

City Homeless Shelter won’t fix broken locks on children’s playground.
Sex offenders, violent criminals and mentally ill walk through at will, leaving drug needles scattered on ground.
City Manager has no interest in hearing details.
Public Safety workers have reported to QOL-Reno that the Volunteers of America Homeless Shelter’s playground for young children has refused to fix the broken locks that control access to the children’s play area. These locks are all that protect the children from the 4th & Record vagrant population, who use the playground as a shortcut to the nearby liquor store. The homeless shelter crowd includes large numbers of sex offenders, violent criminals, drug/alcohol abusers, and the mentally ill. Numerous drug syringes are strewn about the ground where the children play. The shelter has just been using loops of rope to hold the gates shut, a temporary fix that allows anyone to unwind the rope to enter the children’s play area. This fact was sent to the Reno City Manager’s office. No response or indication of interest in the matter has been received from her office.

“The Reno Homeless Shelter is more ruthless and ‘cold’ than any prison I was in for 30 years.
Virtually everyone is under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and no one wants to get a job. There’s LOTS of affordable housing in Reno, if you’re willing to do your part.”

The enclosed link shows a brief video interview with a former prison inmate and homeless man in Reno. He spent one night in the homeless shelter and saw robbery, violent assault, drugs of every kind, and NO intervention by any of the homeless shelter staff. Until he found permanent housing (less than a week), he chose to live on the street because he said it was much better and safer than the shelter. interview

Amazing Coincidence: Reno Mayor Schieve reverses her previous position and declares, “We should make it illegal to live along the (Truckee) River,” just 72 hours before the QOL-Reno Riverfront Walking Tour
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve appeared on Channel 2 TV on October 30, and declared how dangerous it is in the illegal squatters’ camp areas along the Truckee River. Schieve went on to clarify that she was referring to the dangers faced by the illegal squatters, in case the river flooded. Unmentioned was the fact that, a comparison of crime statistics vs. flooding deaths would reveal the REAL danger of allowing illegal river camps is to people who VISIT those areas on the City’s walking trail and have been assaulted, robbed, raped, or killed.

Cost to Reno taxpayers averages $1million/year, NOT including property damage
Channel 8 reported on October 14 that the Reno Department is responding to an average of 2 homeless camp fires per day. video At an average national cost of $1300 per response (excluding property damage), Reno taxpayers are wasting almost $1 million per year for avoidable fire expenses. The enclosed link shows a QOL-Reno employee helping put out two adjacent fires started by a vagrant on October 31, 2019. The individual who started the fires was so under-the-influence of drugs that he didn’t realize he was almost catching on fire himself. video

Staying consistent … consistently WORST
Washoe County Schools (and the rest of Nevada public schools) ranked absolute last in the nation for recently released ACT test scores given to all 2019 high school graduates. The average score was 17.9, a score too low for acceptance into almost any college or university. article

The ACT results follow WCSD’s ranking of 49th worst schools in the nation on the Quality Counts rankings, the industry standard for comprehensively evaluating public school districts.

Meanwhile, the WCSD School Board President has a current op/ed running in the Reno Gazette Journal bragging about how well WCSD is preparing its students for bright futures.

Costco Shopping Center: Posting signs makes it easier for police to enforce the law against panhandling and loitering
Property owners of the Costco Shopping Center on Harvard Way took a stand that needs to be duplicated by every shopping center in Reno. By simply posting legal signs at its exits prohibiting panhandling and loitering, the shopping center has fulfilled the legal requirements, and made it easier for Reno Police to drive onto the private property and enforce those laws against the vagrants who have increased in number and aggressive behavior.

Still refuses to release drug/alcohol test results for the 2 RFD vehicle crashes
The RFD Fire Chief still refuses to release drug/alcohol test results for the RFD drivers involved in the two serious crashes that occurred on August 20 and October 19, 2019. The October 19 incident killed a pedestrian. The RFD contract with the City of Reno allows firefighters to operate machinery while having quantities of substances (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and opioids) in their system ranging up to 5 times the DUI limit, with no consequences or random drug testing. See RFD drug/alcohol policy

Contact us at: 775-685-8200, info@QOL-Reno.org