Marysville Dad: All I want for Christmas is a job

Dec 10, 2015 1:17 PM by Cecile Juliette

The Conns have been living in a trailer in the Yuba River Bottom south of Marysville for quite some time. They were stunned recently when Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton bought them a used car. Chief Easton says he read on Facebook that they needed a car to get their two girls, ages 7 & 8, to school. Easton says he told them he was purchasing the car for them, but Tim Conn's wife initially turned it down. He says, "To her credit, she said 'no,' there's other people with more need. I was impressed by that."

Chief Aaron insisted, once the car is fixed, the Conns will buy it.

But that's only a partial solution to the Conns' problem. Timothy Conn says he can't find a job. He says he is a certified auto mechanic, has operated heavy machinery, and has served in a host of other manual labor positions. But the economy is rough in Marysville, he says, and many people can't find work.

The Conns live in a trailer near the train tracks, in the muddy river bottom. They have generators for electricity, but no running water. He says it's become a way of life, and they make do to survive. He says, "It's life. You get used to it. Take a step forward, get knocked back. It's something you don't want to do, but do what you can do. It gets hot, you go to the river. It gets cold, you put more clothes on." Conn says his girls have a regular bedtime, and despite their situation, he says they have only missed a few days of school in the last few years.


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