Tuesday, May 26, 2020

District 3: Pine Grove Conservation Camp /Letter to Governor Vote

Welcome, I hope everyone is safe and secure. 

Many of you may not know this, but the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp is on the Governor’s proposed financial chopping block for July 1, 2020.  This Conservation Camp screens and accepts low risk classification youths from other facilities of the Division Juvenile Justice (DJJ).  The youth at the Conservation camp are provided training by CalFire and are certified to help in wildland fire fighting.  Crews from the DJJ camps provide California approximately 180,000 hours of fire suppression services in a “normal” fire year.  Locally, they provide Amador County with many other services such as stream vegetation clearance, park restoration work, and assigned flood control activities.  It is common to find the crews helping our elderly, non-profit organizations, our library, Community Center etc. with tasks and events.

This is not a typical juvenile detention facility.  It has a unique quality that has not been duplicated anywhere.  Very importantly, these camp residents, many from troubled urban environments and gang affiliations, are provided a chance to improve self-esteem, develop team building and leadership skills, instill good work ethics.  In addition, their hard work provides them with usable job skills, solid work habits, leadership skills, get their high school GED, and even some college opportunities. 

This is not an exercise in saving a facility that just benefits Amador County, but to save a facility that will benefit and help transform youth in to PRODUCTIVE citizens.  Remember, these are youth between 16 and 24.  How do you compare the State cost of running this camp vs the benefits the youth gain and the benefits they provide to the Community. 

If you want to learn more about Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp, their website is https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/facility-locations/youth-conservation-camps/

The District 3 Community Council is ready to write to Governor Newsom, State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, and Senator Andreas Borgeas.  We need a vote from our District 3 residents. 

To vote please reply via e-mail.

1. State "Yes" to approve D3CC mailing a letter in support of keeping the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

2. State "No" if you do not feel D3CC should mail a letter.


3. Please, if you have time, update your the spelling of your name, home address and phone.  There are times when the meeting log in sheet is a little difficult to read and we want to make sure we have everything spelled correct.  Some emails do not have any identifying information, so we'd like to know who you are.

Thank you!

Jeff Brown
D3CC Chairperson
Amador County District 3 Supervisor

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