Sonoma's Homelessness Czar Quit Days After Video Shows Rats Stalking Camp

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January 10, 2020 - 1:04 pm
Rats have infested a large homeless camp on the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa, prompting authorities to launch a pest control program in January 2020.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County is searching for a new top official to address the persistent homelessness crisis. 

Geoffrey Ross suddenly resigned Thursday as the head of the county's Community Development Commission. 

His departure came days after the sheriff's department shared a video showing that a large homeless encampment has become overrun with rats. 


Although there was no official explanation for Ross' exit, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that county supervisors have been dismayed by deteriorating conditions in the sprawling homeless settlement on the Joe Rodota Trail

More than 200 people have taken up residence along the bicycle and pedestrian path in Santa Rosa. 

Neighbors have complained about squalor and crime increasing as the homeless population has taken root on the trail. There was a recent fire that involved an exploding gas tank in the camp, which added to anxiety among neighbors. 

Officials have siad they'll spend nearly $12 million on homelessness services that they say will decrease the number of people living along the trail.