Sheriff Boudreaux speaks: Short-term rentals, gangs on North Fork, and response times

 

In the second part of an exclusive interview with Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff, he answers some tough questions on coverage for the “new normal” of the busy season — hundreds of vacation rentals occupied nightly with visitors unfamiliar with staying in a foothills community.

Best-case scenario would be to have a deputy on duty in Three Rivers  24/7 but Sheriff Boudreaux said that’s just is not realistic given the County’s resources. But there are ways to rotate more manpower up here if and when Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy, might need backup.

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Gang enforcement units could patrol the North Fork and other gang hangouts. More coverage could be available by having deputies start their shifts later so they would be available during the night-time hours when trouble is more likely to occur.

“In the past, we have assigned a school officer to Three Rivers when school is out,” Boudreaux said.  “We can look into doing that again this year.”

Boudreaux also said he could request some of the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) generated by all those short-term rentals to fund assigning another officer.

Have a law enforcement issue? Start by contacting Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy, at (559) 740-8894, or call Dispatch, 733-6218. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Read Part 1 here: Sheriff Mike Boudreaux speaks: Cannabis, public safety, and critical response times

6 thoughts on “Sheriff Boudreaux speaks: Short-term rentals, gangs on North Fork, and response times

  • February 21, 2020 at 7:17 am
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    Great info, thanks for following up.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 8:50 am
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    Another option to consider is closing the areas where gangs are likely to hang out. Is that possible? These areas are not safe for non-gang people so closing these areas won’t really keep other’s from enjoying these places.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 9:23 am
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    Using 3R TOT tax revenue for LOCAL services (health & safety) for our community makes good sense..

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  • February 21, 2020 at 9:34 am
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    It would require a fairly large effort to “rebrand” the outer North Fork (town, county, BLM, and SEKI working together) as a destination for locals and tourists for hiking, horseback riding and bike riding, but I think it would be worth it. It would relieve traffic at Skyline/Salt Creek and drive out crime. Yes this would require better parking and more rangers, but I would rather see us encourage lawful recreational use of the North Fork than continue to abandon it. I expect there will be dissenting voices and I welcome good conversation about this.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 10:29 am
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    Great questions were asked of the sheriff, and I appreciate that he sat down for this interview. I am concerned though that he didn’t seem aware of the gang activity on the North Fork or even of the amount of short term rentals in 3Rivers.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 6:10 pm
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    What are these gangs doing up in that area?

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