For some period of time I have been following the saga of the Loyalton Trailer Park. I am shocked to read in the Messenger the account of what happened on Wednesday 10/25. Sierra County certainly isn’t a booming metropolis with an overworked staff. Sierra County isn’t, at least for now’ full of lawyers looking for a place to set up shop. Where were the elected leaders including the Sheriff to see that this situation didn’t occur in the first place, ie squatters, health and sanitary issues. A strategic plan should have been developed to deal with this problem. First the ‘squatters’ should have been identified and dealt with by the Sheriff through court orders if necessary. Legitimate tenants, some as long term residents, could then have been assisted into some other locations. This latter part of the strategic would have taken some effort and leadership at the direction of the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff for their staff’s to collaborate to minimize he negative impact on the residents in the trailer park. It will be interesting to see the depositions of our fearless leaders when some advocacy attorney’s ask: What did you know? When did you know it? What did you do about it?
Ed Doonan, Sierra City CA