Aug 1, 2017
by Mark Emmett, River Community Advocates
We have excellent news from the Sheriff’s Dept. Per an e-mail sent by Lt. John Molinari, “I am pleased to announce, starting July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the river Sheriff's substation to focus on the homeless issues we have been experiencing.
Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.” The Guerneville Community Alliance volunteers spearheaded an effort to get a dedicated deputy in the lower river area to exclusively address issues surrounding the homeless.
These efforts were on-going for about a year and a half, which included drafting the petition and gathering signatures, collecting community survey data, writing about it in the River Community Advocates Gazette column, meeting and communicating frequently with Sheriff’s command staff and Supervisor Hopkins, attending Board of Supervisors meetings, and organizing a meeting for a large group of merchants to talk directly with Supervisor Hopkins and the Sheriff’s Dept. command staff.
It took a long time and a lot of effort from the community. It wasn’t easy, but we as a community collectively coming together and getting involved with some organized effort is starting to pay off. A special thank you to Marcy Cooper and Sandy Reilly for the petition signatures gathering they spent their weekends collecting, and to Mario Torrigino for presenting the petitions at the Board of Supervisors meeting during the budget hearings. We very much credit and thank Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Lt. Molinari, and Capt. Essick (who is running for Sheriff) for their efforts to make this happen. They all have definitely gone the extra mile for our community.
We have great faith that they have chosen someone who is the best professional for this position. We look forward to meeting Deputy Avina, and letting him know how grateful this community is to have him.
If you would like to contact Deputy Avina and welcome him, or let him know about a homeless related problem in your neighborhood, his e-mail address is Daniel.Avina@sonoma-county.org.
More good stuff is on the radar for August regarding the funds allocated by the Board of Supervisors for CDC to deal with homeless issues on the river. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available.
If you would like to learn more about the Lower River Area Community Alliances, become involved as a volunteer, or if you have some community concerns or solutions you would like to share, you can like our Guerneville Community Alliance and/or Russian River Alliance FB pages. You can also contact Mark Emmett at 707-529-0534 (Guerneville) or Chuck Ramsey at 707-239-1639 (Monte Rio).
If you would like to learn more about the Lower River Area Community Alliances, become involved as a volunteer, or if you have some community concerns or solutions you would like to share, you can “like” our Guerneville Community Alliance and/or Russian River Alliance (Monte Rio) FB pages.
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