Balancing Recreational Area Use with Homelessness and Vagrancy

This webinar will share how the City of Modesto, CA, dealt with the challenge of homelessness and vagrancy in their parks and trails.

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August 27, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Cost (RECORDING):

FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
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    Note:

    Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
    Learning Credits
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    Webinar Outline


    The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

    The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

    About this webinar:

    Have a challenge with homelessness and vagrancy in your parks and trails? Want to hear from local officials in Modesto about how they are attempting to tackle this challenge? If so, this session if for you! The City of Modesto Staff will share how they have responded to the recent ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that stated that criminally punishing homeless individuals when there are not enough shelter beds or housing constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This ruling changed enforcement methods of illegal camping for local law enforcement agencies and in this session you will hear the successes and lessons learned from a temporary solution to house people experiencing homelessness in a local park. How this led to a declaration of emergency to address homelessness, a temporary outdoor shelter in the Tuolumne River Regional Park (TRRP) and a multi-agency effort to address the many reasons for homelessness learned through these steps. You will hear about the affect this had on our local park system and how more permanent solutions have come about that hopefully will help many of the people experiencing homelessness in our community.


    CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

    Learning Objectives

    • Navigating the political landscape to support local initiatives regarding homelessness.
    • Discuss costs to stand up and support homeless encampment operations.
    • Demonstrate the challenges with decommissioning a site and returning it to the original greenspace/trail conditions.
    • Being solution oriented and collaborative while balancing the need to preserve greenspace.
    • Attendees should be able to articulate how to design an event that is part of an ongoing community culture building strategy and why that is more powerful than a standalone event.

    information

    This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


    Presenters


    Scotty A. Douglass, Deputy City Manager, City of Modesto

    After serving onboard an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy in the late 1980’s, Scotty began his 24 year career in 1991, serving and leading Joint Powers Authority agencies. Scotty has a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Mary’s College in Business Management and a Master’s in Leadership. Scotty also has several years of volunteer service with California State Vehicle Recreation Areas. Scotty joined the City of Modesto in January of 2019 as the Deputy City Manager of Operations.

    Contact: [email protected]

     

    Laurie A. Smith, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods, City of Modesto

    Laurie has over 24 years experience with the City of Modesto, with 18 years in Economic Development. Laurie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Long Beach State in Political Science and has been the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Director for approximately 2 years.

    Contact: [email protected]

     

    Nathan Houx, Parks Planning and Development Manager, City of Modesto

    Nathan is a CA licensed Landscape Architect specializing in Park Planning, Irrigation Design and Irrigation Water Management. He has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly – Pomona, and 30 years of professional experience in landscape design, construction and maintenance. During the last two decades, Nathan has managed public sector CIPs with a combined total value of more than $100M.

     

    Webinar Resources

    City of Modesto

    http://modestogov.com/

    Stanislaus County

    http://www.stancounty.com/

    Stanislaus Community Foundation

    https://www.stanislauscf.org/

    Modesto City Schools

    https://www.mcs4kids.com/district

    Turning Point

    https://www.tpcp.org/

    Downtown Streets Team

    https://www.streetsteam.org/modesto

    Salvation Army Berberian Shelter

    https://modestocitadel.salvationarmy.org/modesto_citadel_corps/provide-shelter/

    Modesto Gospel Mission

    https://modestogospelmission.org/about

    Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus

    https://www.havenwcs.org/

    Homeless Shelter Directory

    https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

    Family Promise of Greater Modesto

    http://www.modestofamilypromise.org/

    Shelter Listings

    https://www.shelterlistings.org/city/modesto-ca.html


    Closed Captioning

    We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

    Learning Credits and CEUs

    American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH)
    • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
    • CEU equivalency petition for other organizations (please inquire with American Trails)

    Learning credits are included in the registration fee, free for our sponsored webinars, or a $15 fee for nonmembers for our free webinars without a sponsor.

    Our typical 90-minute webinars earn the following credits: AICP (1.5 CM), LA CES (1.5 PDH), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10). The amount of credits offered for our webinars is determined by the length of the webinar.


    Disclaimer

    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.


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