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Thank you for helping us prevent Shazier’s move to Lincoln

Supervisor's column
By: Placer County Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt
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I would like to take this opportunity to share with you an excellent example of our community and government unifying to meet a common goal.

As many of you are probably aware, the California Department of State Hospitals recently proposed placing a sexually violent predator, Dariel Shazier, in housing in Placer County.

Shazier, who has no connection to our county and has a history of re-offending when released, created an unacceptable risk to the safety of our community.

Fortunately, at a hearing in San Jose Feb. 7, a Santa Clara Superior Court judge refused Shazier’s relocation, much to the relief of many.

The widespread opposition of Shazier’s placement in Placer County came with a groundswell of support from our residents, the entire Placer County Board of Supervisors, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County District Attorney’s Office, the city of Lincoln and other jurisdictions.

I am simply in awe of how many people and agencies banded together to take action.

It was the right thing to do.

The safety and well-being of our community is paramount and will always be upheld with the greatest of care and responsibility.

I would like to share with you some of the efforts made by the county to prevent Shazier’s placement.

On Jan. 20, I sent a letter to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Michele McKay McCoy expressing my clear opposition to the placement of Shazier in the county.

Days later, the board of supervisors authorized and released a letter to Santa Clara County Superior Court opposing the placement of Shazier in the county.

I also spoke with California 4th District Senator Jim Nielsen, who pledged his support to this effort. Senator Nielsen met with Placer County District Attorney Scott Owens, as well.

Other regional efforts to prevent this placement include letters from Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, state Senator Ted Gaines, Assembly member Kevin Kiley and the city of Lincoln.

Nearly 3,000 concerned citizens signed an online petition, seeking to stop Shazier’s relocation.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office for representing Placer County to argue against the state proposal at the Santa Clara Superior Court hearing in San Jose. Job well done.

While the decision has gone our way, I would encourage everyone to continue engaging your neighbors and fellow community members, especially in times when safety is concerned.

And most importantly, to everyone who took a stand to do the right thing, I offer you a very sincere “thank you.”

Robert Weygandt is the Placer County supervisor for District 2, which covers Lincoln, Sheridan, and the western portions of Rocklin and Roseville. To contact Weygandt, call (530) 889-4010 or email bweygandt@placer.ca.gov.