At a recent city wide so called Safe City Project , with its leader April LaFrance , and interesting admonition was made, and Tweeted by a Redding Record Searchlight Reporter.
With the Good News Rescue Mission being the ONLY nightime rescue mission shelter in all of Redding and Shasta County California this fact, if reported... this crucial Tweet... if turned into a news story would rally the generous and caring community Redding has become, and positive steps surely would be taken that would change the dynamics of homelessness in our community, and quite possibly SAVE LIVES.
Not only that, If the facts and truth were released, to be ticketed by Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti and his department for homeless sleeping now would be more than ever a very real violation of homeless persons civil and constitutional rights.
A situation here in Redding already determined to be cruel and unusual punishment in other California cities by a Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Needless to say, in those cities positive changes were made, services added, lives saved....
Indeed one would think the Record Searchlight / Redding.com as a whole would be interested in the health, safety, and well being of our local homeless families, children, and veterans.
With temperatures that can dip to single digits in the winter here you would like to believe there is a news reporter somehow, somewhere with the courage and compassion to report on this crucial Tweet information.
Tweet information that Redding California's desperate homeless have long been painfully aware...
Good News Rescue Mission turned away 500 people last year due to staffing and resource shortages. #SafeRedding
— Katie Gillespie (@KGillespie_RS) November 14, 2014