Just before 3:00 a.m. on Monday, 5/16, Roseville Police responded to the 100 block of North Sunrise Ave for reports of an altercation.
Once on-scene, it was determined the altercation was between two men. One of the involved parties was pronounced deceased and the other party had fled the area in a vehicle.
County leaders are raising the sites as they face increasing pressure from the public to address the region’s homelessness crisis. So far, the county has not opened large shelters, a point of tension with the city of Sacramento. The city operates roughly 1,100 shelter beds and spaces. “I’m desperate to find something that works better than what we’re doing now,” Supervisor Rich Desmond said during the meeting. “My constituents are desperate … people are ready to come after me with torches and pitch forks.” Also on the list are several county-owned vacant lots in North Highlands, Carmichael and Rosemont. They could be used for sanctioned encampments following a practice allowed by the city of Sacramento. At the so-called safe stay or safe parking sites, unhoused people would live in tiny homes or vehicles where they would have access to bathrooms, showers, security, mental health services, medical care, and help finding permanent housing. The sites include: ▪ A parcel near the corner of Bradshaw Road and Kiefer Boulevard, near Rosemont High School ▪ A parcel at 6649 Fair Oaks Blvd., next to the Carmichael Library. A parcel at Watt Avenue and Roseville Road in North Highlands The county is also considering moving a sheriff’s work release program to expand a city shelter at 700 North Fifth Street in the River District, said Jeff Gasaway, the county’s director of general services, during a board meeting. Another proposal would add more beds or spaces to the Mather Community Campus in Rancho Cordova — an idea Supervisor Don Nottoli, who represents the area, raised concerns about.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced last week, soaring inflation will trigger an automatic increase in California’s minimum wage next year. The minimum wage will jump to $15.50 per hour on Jan. 1, the highest of any state. That’s an increase from $15 per hour for companies with more than 25 employees and $14 per hour for companies with 25 workers or less.
California lawmakers voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2016, but the increase was phased in over several years. The law says the minimum wage must increase to $15.50 per hour for everyone if increased by more than 7%. Thursday, the California Department of Finance said they project inflation for the 2022 fiscal year — which ends June 30 — will be 7.6% higher than the year before, triggering the increase.
An $18.1 billion package to help reduce the impact of inflation on California residents was put forward by Gov. Gavin Newsom last Thursday. The proposal includes tax refunds to eligible vehicle owners, rental assistance, and money for hospital and nursing staff.
The announcement also included a projected minimum wage increase to $15.50 per hour for all workers starting Jan. 1, 2023 (an increase required under law when inflation is over 7%).
Included in the proposal package is: