The Nevada County Civil grand jury is out with a new report that looks at the increasing number of panhandlers, vagrants and transients in western Nevada County which in recent years is becoming highly visible. The report says it is apparent there is a criminal element and behavior within this population that is causing additional expense to local law enforcement and other city and county agencies, as well as negatively impacting local businesses, residents, and visitors to this area. Some have identified this as a blight on our community. Numerous community members are also aware and concerned about this situation, as witnessed by the unusually high number of news articles, Letters to the Editor, and Other Voices columns expressing frustration over this growing problem. After an extensive investigation, the Nevada County Grand Jury found that…
–Existing laws, code and ordinances are not being used to effectively reduce the complaints about panhandlers, vagrants and transients.
–None of the agencies involved accurately track time and costs associated with complaints against the targeted population.
–Well meaning efforts by volunteer groups have unintended negative consequences.
The Grand Jury says increased appearance of “blight” is affecting the quality of life for both residents and visitors to the area. You can read the full report and recommendations from the Grand Jury by clicking on this link. Grand Jury Report