Tent City Proposed for 12th and C Streets Has Some Parents Worried

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SACRAMENTO --

A local civil rights lawyer has proposed his own fix to Sacramento's homeless problem -- a tent city on land he owns at 12th and C streets.

But, that's very close to a Montessori school -- a community of families that now has new concerns.

Sacramento Montessori school teaches 100 kids just a stone's throw away from where attorney Mark Merin hopes to house the homeless.

He's even promised to sue if the city denies him a permit for the project.

With such young children in their care, school leaders are worried about a nearby population in need that may include sex offenders who should be registered under Megan's Law.

They're concerned that the city itself hasn't done enough to help the homeless.

"We of course support giving homeless people a place to live. That's our number one proposition. Our number two problem is we want to make sure Megan's law is complied with," said school spokesman Steven Ybarra.

"It's an embarrassment for the city to have not done anything. We have spent an incredible amount of resources and materials and not done enough for the people on the streets."

While the school leaders say the campus is fine with the project if safety is properly addressed, many parents are not.

None would go on camera with their concerns, but one mother has already written a letter to the city council about her fears, calling the plan "alarming."

She didn't want her name released.

In the letter she describes a situation she's encountered with the homeless already in the area while putting her daughter in her car seat:

"He started running and yelling at me, so I quickly squeezed in the back seat with her and locked our doors. I was pregnant at the time and that was no easy feat, he continued yelling at us and pounded on the windows ... It was a terrifying experience."

No word yet on when Merin may officially file his permit request with the city of Sacramento.