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Homeless Man Sues Sacramento In Federal Court Over ‘Aggressive Panhandling’ Ordinance

[Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio. James "Faygo" Clark and his dog, Cosmo, panhandle in Midtown. Clark, with the help of Legal Services of Northern California and the regional American Civil Liberties Union chapter, is suing Sacramento over its ban of "aggressive panhandling."]

James Clark stands next to his dog, Cosmo, outside N Street Cafe in Midtown. He's been living on the streets for nearly 15 years. Today, he's holding a sign asking for food — and he claims doing this is illegal.

"I am now breaking the law. This is now an arrestable offense after three times being caught, which is hefty fines and plus up to six months in jail,” Clark said.

Sacramento passed an ordinance last November banning "aggressive panhandling.” This means people can no longer solicit money within 30 feet of a bank or ATM, or ask for food or help from anyone dining outside a restaurant. If they do, and they’re cited with an infraction more than a few times within six months, they could face a misdemeanor.

It’s not clear whether the city has ...



Popular El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini Endorses Mike Owen for Auditor-Controller

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 30, 2018 / comments


Final design for South Lake Tahoe rec center on hold pending VHR Ballot vote

[Claire Cudahy, Tahoe Daily Tribune]

The future of a new community recreation center in South Lake Tahoe is uncertain due to an anticipated ballot measure in November that could phase out hundreds of vacation home rentals in the city.

In November 2016, South Lake Tahoe voters passed Measure P, a citywide increase of the transient occupancy tax (TOT) by 2 percent with funds earmarked for a new recreation complex.

The measure, which raised the hotel tax to 12 percent in most of the city and 14 percent in the redevelopment area, was estimated to generate $2 million annually.

But with the threat of a November ballot measure that asks voters whether vacation rentals outside the tourist core — currently capped at 1,400 — should be phased out over a three-year period, the scope of the project is uncertain.

"The city is concerned about the upcoming ballot measure in November regarding vacation home rentals and it would not be prudent to move ahead with the existing plans without ...



Secretary of State and County Candidates Forum hosted by State of Jefferson

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 30, 2018 / comments


Everyone is encouraged to attend the State of Jefferson's (SOJ), second candidates forum, on Tuesday, May 8th, at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, in Placerville. The SOJ Committee is pleased to have Secretary of State candidate, Mark Meuser, who will bring a real change in Sacramento, attacking voter fraud and restoring the people's confidence in open, secure, and fair elections.

El Dorado County District 5 supervisor candidates discuss VHRs, cannabis and more at forum

[Ryan Hoffman / Tahoe Daily Tribune]

Jeffrey Spencer (standing) addresses the crowd at a candidate forum in Meyers Thursday, April 26.

MEYERS — Voters in El Dorado County's District 5 could have a difficult choice come June, remarked the moderator in closing out Thursday's candidate forum hosted by the South Lake Tahoe Democratic Club.

For more than 90 minutes the four candidates running for the seat on the Board of Supervisors fielded questions before a crowd of about 60 people in the California Conservation Corps building.

Questions ranged from the expected, including vacation home rentals (VHRs) and traffic (to name a few), to less prominent topics, such as Sheriff John D’Agostini's hospitable feelings toward the State of Jefferson ...