As Rodota Trail Eviction Looms, We Hear from Homeless Residents and Advocates

May 25, 2018

Renee Patterson and friend on the Joe Rodota Trail
Credit Corinne Smith

An estimated 100 homeless residents camping on the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa are packing their things in advance of yet another mass eviction by Sonoma County authorities citing a recent assault of a bike commuter as well as health and safety concerns.

One month ago, the county evicted approximately 120 people living in an encampment in an adjacent parking lot, slating the land for affordable housing development. Critics say the county is failing its most vulnerable residents. The camp is scheduled to be cleared by Wednesday May 30 at noon.

Corinne Smith reports from the Joe Rodota Trail.