Embarrassing, so please pardon my ignorant question, but what is that stretch of wall in the distance on top of horizontal hill? This view is from sidewalk west of new Walmart looking NE, obviously therefore to the right of Table Mtn; seeing this nearly had me stunned and of great pause & wonderment! In the 6yrs medically retired here I only been up 'n down East & West Oro Dam Blvd or in old town Oroville, so only thing North I've viewed has been Table Mtn with the big O. Could this be that I'm seeing the Dam wall? I know, "well Duh!"??? Lol. If so, certainly looks huuuuumongous even from here, like WOW! Paratransit did say they could give me ride to a picnic table there someday if I wanted it for the $5.50 round trip, but hadn't gotten around to it. This view certainly gives me a perspective of the enormity of why we evacuated and why(!?) the river was soooo ongoingly overloaded for awhile, only something that gargantuan could do that! Thanks for sharing. (If I'm entirely off base I'll delete this post) ... See MoreSee Less
Jerry BatchelerLower left: New Walmart where I stood.
Upper right: Only super wide wall NE of Oroville looking in that direction, the Oroville Dam! East of Table Mtn.Truly a deep perspective I hadn't had til now as to its vastness.But I did zoom-in to some degree so am not sure if it might also be buildings on either side along that horizon in addition to Dam Wall. Maybe someone can elucidate the view here.
Tim KoontzOne can hope but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
7 hours ago · 1
Marianne AleckThe article I read on this stated it was a joint effort. "The clean-up was performed in conjunction with the Shasta County Probation Department, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the City of Redding Code Enforcement."
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I wanted to share this just in case another parent plans on taking their kids here..... Took my almost 2 yr old to the "park" the syringe is full and was at the bottom of the slide!!!, graffiti everywhere, gum on all the slides, broken pieces of the play structure, and hella homeless ppl hanging out. Community service came out and took pics along with picked up the needle. My son is obsessed with dogs and when he went to ask to pet one of them he almost got bit.... its a place for KIDS! If you amd your animals are not kid friendly move on!!! I will not be takimg my son back to this park. The community service guy came and took photos of the graffiti and picked up the needle. ... See MoreSee Less
Melissa EbertI live up the street from this park and will not walk downtown any longer. There are too many transients. I would occasionally walk in the area and go downtown , but started to make me feel unsafe. I even feel unsafe walking from my home to my car some mornings when they are walking around.
After a failed attempt to stick it out for a city council meeting (left at 9:40pm). I'll throw out this post..
On my way to the meeting I decided to roll through Riverbend shocked at what I saw here's some pics..
The newly cleaned park has a pavilion set up as a junk yard complete with tires and wheels for sale..
A motor home set up as a camp site complete with outdoor furniture and dude wrenching on the engine
A table hidden in the trees stacked with bags of belongings and groups of people..
An OPD community officer rolling through and not stopping any of these actions 🤷🏽♂️
Transients sleeping under the hwy70 over Crossing that the officer drove right past
All this 4 days after so many folks volunteered to clean it up.
One last suggestion.. at the meeting all heard was money was tight.. A person sent me the following message below offering up their services. If the city can't fund more officers and their benefits package why not get a contract with this armed security company to patrol probably at a fraction on the cost?
Could Feather Park and Rec pay this?
Good luck city of Oroville we're slowly getting taken over 😔
Ted SchollWait until the repercussions of Moonbeam and his sanctuary state crap happen.
What will California do when the feds shut off the tap ??Moonbeam and those of his ilk are criminals and are destroying this once wonderful state.
Teri TataThank you Gonzalo Peewee Curiel for making it real! That is the daily occurrence on these areas. Try to go down bedrock hole / skate park drug alley and walk a little, check the bleachers, bushes, island.
C-June JonesThis is why none of us go to River Bend anymore.
What a shame the park use to be beautiful. Why is the lawns so dry when the river is right there.?
Why can't we incorporate the homeless to help take care of the park.?
It's starting to look like the Bay Area around here from which these people's come from.
Greg PassmoreI called City parks & trees dept. 2 days ago to ask what is there miantanence schedule as to just mowing. they have yet to return my call. Pitiful
2 days ago · 5
Deb TomlinsonThey are also on the hillside by the hatchery and even climbed the fence and broke into one of the guys pickup an stole his lunch etc. Graveyard shift (which I work) is quite unnerving. Never use to be like this.
2 days ago
Dianna Bond-BuelerThis is BS. I can't believe our town is allowing this, it is time to take it back over.
2 days ago · 7
Rikki RomeroI think if people got together and hung out at the parks and stuff together and had a huge party and stuff, that might deter them fr hanging around. I think they stay because everyone avoids them.
2 days ago · 4
Julie BrownGonzalo, can you PM me? I have some info on some possible funding.
2 days ago · 4
Greg PassmoreWe need a huge rally of residents to march to City hall & make them listen to the cause. Clean up our parks from all of this terrible infestation.
Robin Bennett HansonIs there a possibility that the homeless situation in Oroville can be placed on the City Council agenda for discussion early on in the meeting? I was unable to make it last night due to the fact there were many agenda items and I knew it would run late.
2 days ago
Greg PassmoreFRRPD also needs to find a solution to some of there security at there parks also. While waiting for Federal monies to rebuild Riverbend it is being overtaken by these destuctive people.
2 days ago · 9
Don GrantAll the city officials wants to do is create a better environment for these people by putting up tiny houses etc etc. I say get the Agency responsible for maintaining these parks tondo their damn job and get these parks back in working order so more people can use them. Nothing has been done at riverbend park since the winter but yet our property taxes are still being taken. The parks district has had an estimate of damages done on riverbend for months so what is taking so long to get this project started.
Erin Sarks-wardWalk down by the dog park theres tons of garbage alcohol bottels dirty clothes by the river tons of tents hidden in the bushes by the fishing pond tried taking my son an his friends fishing itwas reallybad homeless people yelling an fighting saying some really bad words in front of my kids i cant believe how bad it is im so glad im not the only one who was disgusted with this i love taking my kids to the river an now we have to go to a different place
Pat Fox6 or 7 or maybe 10 years ago, a small group of us, tried to explain to the city Governments, the emerging problems transients would be causing in the future in Oroville and Butte County, and what these problems would eventually evolve into, however our words basically fell upon deaf ears, alot of that was due to the fact, that not much can be done with the homeless,or transients, the city and county understood the problem but !! homeless and transients have rights and many laws/rules that use to be used to control them, are now no longer considered legal or proper, or politically correct !!?? like curfew and vagrancy laws, and now it looks like the "No camping" law is about to fall ?? as well, the city has no money, so no enforcement !! and no jail space or court time either, so now we have the perfect storm, as one of my collages said, sad but true and only gonna to grow in the future...i think the local police are doing what they can, but !! with no Id, no addresses, no way to do, what? tell them to leave ??!! but they come right back then what ??? it's a merry go round always turning !!! law enforcements hands are basically tied ! on the city and county level...
Brandon TheodoreJust remember these officials when you go to vote next we need to start showing if they're not going to do more for the community vote them out and get people who are willing to work with the community
So this evening Tyler Edwards and I rode the bike trail from the Boss Burger to Mathews Readmix.. But before I get into what we saw I'll tell you what I did in preparation..
Last night I spoke in great length with Kent Fowler who's on the parks and rec board and clued him in on my intentions and motives.. He was glad we were doing this as he too is tired of the campers taking over the area.
This morning I called Allen Byers asst. police chief and told him my intentions of riding the trails and photographing camp sites and or garbage.. I explained we weren't trying to be vigilantes or plays cops.. I gave him the time we'd be in there and let him know there'd be 5 of us .. He was totally fine with it and mentioned that he'd let the dispatcher know and officers that would be on duty know as well.. He said if we need anything I had his number and just holler👍
Next up I called Ron Belser from code enforcement and told him my intentions. He too was fine with it as he'd seen my previous photos and mentioned that any new pics he'd love to have.. He also mentioned about past clean up days and this coming Saturday's day, and that so far they've collected 70,000lbs of trash thus far😳 And that there was a black man in the dog park area know to brandish an air soft gun and to watch out as he's kinda mean😳 And will run you out of the area!! They'd been there numerous times looking for him and since we would be going at 6pm he said they'd go in today and see if they could round him up😉
At 5pm he called and said they went in the jungle and there are 3 camps but no air soft dude😔
At 6pm we arrived and I sent a PM to the man that runs the Hope center to invite him (he couldn't make it)
Originally there were to be 5 of us.. Only Tyler and I made the ride.. We found at least 9 camps and one of these camps is past the South Gate which falls into County jurisdiction, it includes a car that appears to be on jacks? We didn't venture off too much into the jungles of the dog park as we thought of our safety above everything. Some pics were hard to get because we rode and snapped pics as we didn't want to get caught in their "territory" 🤔.. Trash dotted the length of the ride 😔
As we rode we realized most folks on the trail were "sketchy" (take that however you want but let's say I wouldn't push my granddaughter in her stroller in that company) 🤷🏽♂️ .. By the time we reached the boat dock it was obvious that we were a bit "out of place" since we didn't have "the look" or "fit in" with the 10-15 or more "transient type" folks. Broken down cars and bikes were the rides of the evening (Trust me folks I'm trying my hardest to be politically correct)😉
There was a camp at the base of the old railroad pillar.. 😡.. As we rode we talked about how we'd never take our families there or launch our boat on that dock.. And how sad to think visitors pulling off the highway might wander in there and think what the heck is this?!?? 😔
From the boat dock to the 162 bridge we spotted old camps and garbage.. By the time we arrived at the pond we were met by a group that occupied a table and were doing what transient folks do 🍻🍻🌪🌪🤷🏽♂️
A man and his kid were fishing on the dock👍👍 (first ordinary folks so far) From there the smell of camp fire lingered in the air.. In that jungle we knew we were risking our necks since we had new bikes and my camera around my neck 📸🤔.. We opted to move fast and see what we could see and get back out..
We spotted an open hole in the fence that made trips to the new Walmart as simple as crossing 4 lanes of traffic and jumping the center median. On the return trip we saw an open campfire complete with Menace camper not giving any concern to the dry brush around him🔥🔥🤦🏽♂️
On the return trip from the dog park to Riverbend we took the road that runs west of the highway and east of the river (not the access road along the freeway) We happened to see the black man and thankfully he just gave us the eye from down there (and craned his neck as we rode by) in his camp but never pulled his gun on us 👍👍👍😂 Next up we saw these 3 cute cats eating the food people put out for those fellas.. And 3 bowls of water They turned out to be skunks!!! I was snapping pics as we got away📸📸👍
We spotted a OPD community officer making her rounds so we caught up to her and showed her on phone map app where the fire was. She said she was going to call it in🤷🏽♂️
We saw a few other "normal families" using the play ground equipment by the park entrance that gave us another sign of hope 👍👍
In closing the freaks really do come out at night.. On the ride back to our trucks it became really obvious 😳 There are said to be many more camps by the nature center but we've seen enough..
It's sad they've taken over what was once a beautiful part of this town.. I don't know the answer to this problem but I do know it better get addressed before it gets so out of hand worse than it is.
Like I said folks I'm not good being politically correct so it is what it is👍
Edited to add, Both code enforcement and the assistant police chief told me they are doing their best with the resources they have.... I believe this, they are stretched thin. Buy a scanner and you'll hear all the calls they get both legitimate and waste of time calls 🤦🏽♂️
Brenda HanesTHANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS RIDE AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING , AND THANK YOU FOR CARING !!!!
1 week ago · 9
Michael Joseph BergerIt is getting very very bad! I have had upwards of 21 people at the car wash after hours! Thankfully the police are very helpful. But it is getting bad! I have never seen this many in the past 11 years I've been here. Usually just a few here and there, but never people moving in and trying to camp daily!
Melissa AdkinsHave you seen above the fish hatchery ? Omg and across from county office in that field its litterly like a lil town no lie, and then in field up by the nicks stuff in things well behind church up road a lil thats the major camp sites there bad, like hundreds of them really bed couches tents and lots and lots of garbage
Kim LewisTo bad a town meeting couldn't be held to run them out of here ... can't it be taken to town hall .. I wouldn't even walk my dog down there let alone my grandchildren .. and I think I saw a flyer for the breast cancer walk at 7 am oct 8th meeting at bedrock for the starting of the walk .. how are they going to round these people out of that area ... it's really sad that we can't even enjoy the beautiful things oroville has to offer because of the bums and drugs and homeless ..good job peewee .. something should be done ..
1 week ago · 4
Michael Joseph BergerIts not just homeless sadly, its the drugs and gang members/ thugs... a lot needs to be done... I know it can be done but we have to get it all under control to really take it back I believe. Not to be a debbie downer lol
1 week ago · 2
Patricia DunnYes i couldn't agree more this town never use to be this bad and its gotten way outta of control and someone needs to step up and do something about it hell you cant even get gas anymore with out people coming up to your car before you get out aking for money ampm is bad for the homeless and the tweeks
Melissa AdkinsI'll go get what I can of the 2 big camps I know where is and show pics I mean they have like 10 tarps over one spot they made it like a shelter its all secluded and there is atlest 30 or 40 out there on one spot and the orchard is big so I can only imagine how bad it has gotten I went out there looking for a friend someone told me they were living out there and they wernt but seen some crazy stuff out there for sure
Mike NorthupYes, AM/PM on Olive/Oro Dam Blvd is the worst! Too many stories to tell, but one night I saw an obvious tweeker with a baseball bat (seemingly protecting AM/PM, wandering the parking lot and mainly standing by the stores doorway), other nights 20 or more seemingly homeless people surrounding the store for many hours, another night I went and a guy harassing people going in and scoping out your car as u walked in (I mean hands to your windows looking in!), and when I told the clerk he should call the cops the guy kept threatening me to fight, then as I said myself "to heck with this, I'm leaving!" and got in my car, he started kicking my car window as he kept saying "get outta here!". He really tried hard to kick my window out, but couldn't, luckily. I drove a bit away then sat and waited for the cops, I mean, surely they got called, right?? They never showed up, most likely never got called.. I am disgusted by the town I've lived in for 23 years! Its never been THIS bad!
Cayla Jean GarfieldYou guys are saying to "run them out" but where are they going to go? Y'all wanna say that chico has shelters and act like its their problem but chico literally sends them right back. The job market is saturated and its impossible to get anywhere.. Especially with people calling them things like "dirty transients." They are humans wether you want to accept it or not and something does need to be done.. But saying "we can run them off" is literally not doing anything. There will be new camps in different places next week because they have nowhere to go. I'm not saying give them a hand out I'm saying give them a hand up. Help them to help themselves.
Lynne Renee DavidsonMy family and I used to ride our bikes with our dogs to the dog park and back to riverbend! We will never do it again!! We went past the dog park and ran into the camp by accident! It was worse than your pictures! No more riverbend park for us! It's disgusting! I won't let my kids in the e-coli infested waters, not a chance!!
Needles in the dirt too!
1 week ago · 3
David PittmanFor consideration why do you not see homeless population in State or Federal parks? We all pay a fee to use An that fee has rules of immediate departure if you abuse park rules! It's time for parks like Riverbend to be fee based entry!
Barbara Tucker HublerThank you for the highly informative article. I knew as a community we had more than our share of transients, but, didn't know it such an big problem.
1 week ago
Marsha Davis HendersonThank you for being my voice this morning. I went to the boat dock yesterday and thought to myself - what happened to our beautiful park? It is no longer that. It no longer feels safe to walk my dog along the trail. I would never want to host a group event there. It is inexcusable. I've held out on the hope that things would get better. Regarding Saturday's clean up day - how noble. But just like picking up after your dog, expect your dog to continue leaving you stuff to pick up after until you don't have it.
1 week ago · 1
Lisa KoehlerThe city and county need to do biweekly cleanups so that it is not accepted.
1 week ago
Marsha Davis HendersonMaybe if our drug treatment rehab participants are required to do the clean up they will be unafraid to pressure the garbage and camp offenders to stop.
Lisa KoehlerPeople are afraid to use our city parks because they don't feel safe and because they find needles there. The parks are cleaned daily but then trashed daily because the homeless have taken them over. Pee Wee is right, we need to take them back by letting our leaders know this can't be acceptable.