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Homelessness And Cannabis Eradication's Top Calaveras Supervisors Agenda

Homelessness And Cannabis Eradication's Top Calaveras Supervisors Agenda

Efforts to help the homeless and more money for illegal cannabis grow eradications were among the issues that came before the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Kristin Brinks, the county Health and Human Services Director, gave a presentation on the Calaveras County Homeless Task Force, reporting to the board that there were more than 800 unduplicated homeless Medical and Calworks recipients in Calaveras County in 2017-18. More than 500 of them were age 35 and younger. According to Brinks, “because of the complexities of this issue, solutions to the homelessness need to cross many public policy areas from housing, land use, health, social services, mental health, criminal justice and beyond.” The county homeless task force was formed seven months ago to share existing resources and address gaps in services by developing and implementing more countywide solutions to serve residents. Also on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office asked the board to approve an amendment to a services agreement to pay an additional $75,000 to a Sutter Creek company called Dirty Werks for cannabis eradication abatement services. The request also asked for approval of a budget transfer from county contingency funds to cover the costs for the sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team. The supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the sheriff’s office request.

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