Teen spearheads removal of 8 tons of trash and debris from COSL property
CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. — “It is always a great when a young man comes to the City and asks, ‘What can I do to help clean-up the Community?’,” City of Shasta Lake officials wrote in a Tuesday, Oct. 6 social media post; after a local teen approached City officials about cleaning up a blighted property, “heavy with trash and abandoned vehicles”, along Twin View Blvd.
According to City officials, 18-year-old, Camren Ciaramella met with the City’s Code Enforcement Officer Bryan Trudeau and Executive Assistant Kathie Reid to discuss cleaning up the property, “which has became a problem area for dumping, crime, and transient activity.”
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After speaking with officials, Camren reached out to the Facebook community, asking for volunteers.
“The results were immediate,” officials said in their post; adding, “Word quickly got out, and volunteers came and some even came with EQUIPMENT!”
“I saw that there were a lot of abandoned homeless camps and trash around town and I have participated in a clean up before,” Camren Ciaramella told KRCR’s Colton Chavez as the cleanup efforts continued; adding he had never organized such an event. KRCR News Channel 7 photo 1, City of Shasta Lake photo 2
The ensuing clean-up project spearheaded by Camren “resulted in the removal of approximately 8 tons of trash and debris,” according to officials; who added, “Code Enforcement followed up with the private property owner to make the necessary security measures to prevent future dumping.”
City officials later thanked Camren “and all who volunteered their time to clean up our community”; including Robert Balke at Facebook’s United Shasta for sharing the word on volunteers needed, and Gary Mangels of Lake City Towing “for bringing two Skid Steers along with employees to get the large items in the dumpsters.”
Before and after images show the dramatic difference one teen’s call to action made in cleaning up a blighted Twin View Blvd. property that was “heavy with trash and abandoned vehicles.” City of Shasta Lake photos
“It is projects like this that promote community pride and makes an impact,” said officials; adding, “This project would not have been possible without everyone involved.”
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.