There are unspoken rules among homeless people not to go into other’s camps, like this one in Amador County, discovered by the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency and Amador County Probation Department in 2017.

The Jackson City Council approved a ban on camping in public spaces at its latest meeting on Monday, June 22. The ordinance will allow the City of Jackson to designate public areas as off-limits for camping or other stays by the homeless, due to public safety or potential fire danger. 

Also on Monday, the council passed a continuation of the city’s budget for last year. The temporary budget passed by the council for the fiscal year starting next month is the same as the city used last year, but with a list of cuts and cost-saving measures, including employee benefit reductions and not filling vacant city positions, to try and offset the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council also voted to award a contract to the De Novo planning group for the updating of the city’s general plan. The contract will cost the city $175,000 with most coming from a state grant. Also at Monday’s meeting, Jackson Police Chief Chris Mynderup reviewed the city police department’s use of force policy and procedures for the council, including a recent department directive banning the use of Carotid Control holds, which cut off the flow of blood to the head as a way of subduing suspects. 

State Relief for Jackson  

A public hearing will be held with Jackson City Officials for obtaining state relief funds from the stay-at-home order activated from the Coronavirus pandemic. On July 13, Jackson City officials are inviting the public by teleconference to learn more about the “Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” application. There the city council will consider applying for aid to benefit low and moderate income residents. According to the state department of housing and community development, the City of Jackson is eligible to receive up to $73,191. Meanwhile, council members are inviting residents to make their comments known. There are three options to get involved: 1) Appear to the meeting on July 13 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. 2) Address the council by sending a letter to the City Clerk. 3) Teleconference in by phone or Zoom. For more details visit the city of Jackson webpage.