Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

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By Anna Marie Gott

Santa Barbara has a growing homeless problem of that there IS no doubt. Tourists, downtown business people and residents have all complained about the issue which continues to grow in both size and scope. The real question is how does the City address the issue and is "springing" a homeless trailer park on residents without notice the right way to conduct business?  This is a 3 year experiment that includes 40 trailers being parked adjacent to a neighborhood to house 40 hardcore homeless individuals and nearby residents of the proposed location were not consulted. This left their possible concerns intentionally disregarded and unaddressed while the City pushed ahead with a Grant Funding Application that would place a homeless trailer camp in their neighborhood for 3 years.

Noticing a simple Grant Funding Application on the City Council's Agenda rather than a Grant Funding Application that includes a 40 unit Homeless Trailer Park at Castillo and Carrillo seems designed to bury the information to ensure that residents won't voice their opinions. The Staff report even failed to mention anything about the homeless trailer camp or how long it would be in operation. It simply mentioned "Development of Bridge Housings" which is as clear as mud. The fact of the matter is that the City is planing to house 40 hardened mentally ill and addicted homeless individuals on rotating basis for 3 years adjacent to a residential neighborhood and they decided to limit the information provided to the public and leave neighbors out of the decision making process.

I believe that we make the best decisions when we have the most information and there IS a healthy dialog. I also  believe that when the City fails to notify and allow comments that it perpetuates the belief that many residents have that the City Staff and Council do not care what they think nor do they care to listen.

The City needs input from residents before the grant application is turned in and residents need to be apart of the conversation and the decision making process. But with a due date of 11/16 to apply for the grant the ONLY opportunity residents seem to have is on Tuesday (11/13/18) at City Council UNLESS residents demand a Special Emergency Meeting which is an option residents can advocate for.
 
If you are concerned about this plan and the lack of dialog or notice given to residents most affected I urge you to attend the meeting or send an email to the City Council on this topic.  If they don't hear from you the location won't be changed, a Special Emergency Meeting won't be had and the way the City notices things like this won't change. So, I urge you to attend the meeting or write a email expressing your thoughts.
 
City Council Meeting:
      735 Anacapa, 2nd Fl
      Tuesday @2:00PM
 
Email Comments/Concerns:
 
Read the City's Plan:
      https://tinyurl.com/SBHomelessTrailerCamp - Staff PowerPoint

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SBWoman Nov 14, 2018 02:55 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Thank you Ms Gott for your excellent letter, for calling much about what’s occurring Citywide to our attention. I hope others contribute to your support to provide this beneficial watchdog service.

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 04:48 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

PROTEST @ Council's HOMES. - The decision to fund "tiny trailer homes," and to focus on the mentally ill and addicts when we have domestic violence victims, seniors, veterans, youth and families that could have been served is outrageous. This was not the only option, but Staff, and the Santa Barbara Housing Authority made it sound like the only one. Check this out: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2133

a-1542244305 Nov 14, 2018 05:11 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

I don't like the idea of protesting at their homes. That also puts them and their entire family in possible danger, as some people don't know how to have a 'civil' gathering/protest. It would probably mean police protection for the house and family members. A great way to spend more money!!??

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 05:24 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

No one is inciting violence here. Peaceful protests do not put anyone in harms way. They do make people uncomfortable though. Most people can't attend Council meetings. So why not go to their home? Makes sense. They are public servants and should expect this when they make decisions like this.

a-1542260579 Nov 14, 2018 09:42 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

One of my first thoughts too, about spending $ for protection. With what's going on in the USA, toning it down is important! People are afraid of being killed, dammit.

a-1542260762 Nov 14, 2018 09:46 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

I don't think elected people thought they signed up for being harassed at home. There have been lots of marches about issues in Santa Barbara. Organize one. Put up a yard sign in YOUR OWN HOME. Write letters, make calls, yell and scream. Just not in front of someone's house. I sure feel for their neighbors. Even more so for their kids. Why are supporters of this out to hurt people so much? It takes hard work to change public opinion, to organize, to change or affect legislation. Do the work if you really care.

a-1542273617 Nov 15, 2018 01:20 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

No one said you were inciting violence. But, apparently you haven't observed what often happens at 'peaceful' protests, when a few hotheads show up and things get out of control. People have been hurt during what started out as 'peaceful protests'. Even 'under control', and not violent how many neighbors, along with the elected officials family members should have to suffer having large groups of people disrupt their lives? And, there is likely to be yelling, and/or bullhorns used, causing more discomfort and increase the possibility of people getting angry, and people getting hurt. If you did something others didn't like at your job, would you really think it proper for them to go to your home and harass you? It isn't the way to solve anything.

a-1542274238 Nov 15, 2018 01:30 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

SBCOUNTYLOCAL: If the people can't attend Council meetings (or send letters or emails), I don't understand how they will be able to get to the council members homes, and spend time harassing them. And, another way to handle things is to vote in elections, and vote people in that you hope will help straighten things out (which, I admit, is often more of a question of who is the least likely to mess up things again.)

jdoggydogg Nov 14, 2018 05:12 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

This is going to be amazing! 40 Tiny homes = approximately 80 people off State Street (they're is going to be round ups, then they'll be deposited at the site). Then, all the retail will blossom, again, and, problem solved. Santa Bab's DT will be the spit shined amaze ball boho morning glory alexs cantina tony's pizza it one was. NOT.

jdoggydogg Nov 14, 2018 05:14 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

At its core, this 'cash grab' is all it is for SB. There was some money on a table and SB went after it. Expect as little as possible put into Broke Blue Skies North and a nice chunk of change for the general coffers of SB and HACSB. What happens after 36 months? Any power points for reentry?

LocalinSB Nov 14, 2018 06:09 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

RECALL Murillo, Friedman, Gutierrez and Sneddon! These people are voting for things that make .the City worse not better. (Hart is gone in January.) Rowse and Dominguez did the RIGHT thing and voted NO. We need more people on Council that put Residents FIRST. These joker's don't.

am1234 Nov 14, 2018 08:00 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

LOCALINSB, There were 2 guys that ran for 4th and 5th district last year that shockingly lost. The mayoral race was another complete shocker. They were common sense people who would not have voted for this or alot of other issues the council agrees on. The council probably has another agenda behind the scenes (political party) driving their decisions and its not on our behalf. Sadly the campaign they ran on was to make Santa Barbara better, to improve downtown, to have more affordable housing, to improve the homeless problem............etc. The city voted and this is what they voted for !

ZeroHawk Nov 15, 2018 09:04 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

the folks without homes are locals. period. just because they don't have a nice car, a nice home, nice clothes, or even an address, doesn't make them obsolete in our community. residents or locals? you're simply separating and segregating more people with that label.

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 06:16 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Brown Act Violation? That Agenda didn't give residents enough information about the item. How in the world would residents have known that a commuter parking lot would be removed from the parking system and that 40 tiny homeless trailers with 24/7 security would be located on the property for 3years OR MORE!!?

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 07:14 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

SB Could NOT Notice residents about the HEAP program. BUT EVEN Salinas offered a workshop! https://www.cityofsalinas.org/our-city-services/community-development/year-round-homeless-shelter/news/community-workshops-homeless-emergency-aid-program-heap.

yacht rocked Nov 14, 2018 08:07 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Thank God for Amazon and the Internet, and downtown Carp. The only reason I'll ever go into downtown SB is for Jury Duty. Nice job, SB City Council - you've ruined it.

Lina24 Nov 15, 2018 01:19 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Since when does anyone have the right to decide who their neighbors are? This is America people! Freedom to live where you want is everyone's right and part of our liberty, regardless of whether or not they're poor or mentally ill.

pstarSR Nov 15, 2018 07:04 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

so what stops every "area" from becoming high end like malibu? only someone saying it is. class warfare at its core. lets push out the rifraf by making it too hard for them to live here.

CoastWatch Nov 15, 2018 07:37 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Your point of view is EXACTLY what is wrong with America now- You have no GRIT. You just have an entitlement attitude. You could NEVER own a home, because it takes WORK and GRIT to accomplish it. You will settle for whatever is handed to you. What is great about the U.S. is that through HARD WORK and persistence , you CAN do anything and buy a house ANYWHERE- Our system provides you the tools to accomplish that or any other feat- IT JUST TAKES GRIT.

Factotum Nov 15, 2018 10:10 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

It is called municipal zoning ordinances that affect where and how you can live. They are the critical part of the compact you enter into when you and everyone chooses where they want to live. There are no rights that do not also include equivalent duties and responsibilities. I suggest you read up on them. before making more unilateral demands on others, who do abide by these express public compacts.

Lina24 Nov 15, 2018 10:57 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Entitlement? Grit? What does that have to do with it? Perhaps I didn't state it properly. What I mean is, since when does a homebuyer or future resident have to qualify and be approved by their future neighbors before they purchase their home if it's not an hoa? That is basically what these homeowners are demanding of their future neighbors. These homeowners sound more like they're the ones with entitlement issues and lack of grit - and heart! Sorry, but just because you already own a home somewhere does not make you entitled to pick and choose who your new neighbors will be.

a-1542309060 Nov 15, 2018 11:11 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

LINA24 - Homeless people living in a city-owned facility like this are not the same as "neighbors." They are transient individuals that the city will pick and place in the area. These aren't home buyers or renters, they are being placed in a parking lot area with many other people by the city. When the city creates something like this without consulting the surrounding existing residents who WILL be impacted by the placement of people in this facility, then yes, the residents (owners and renters alike) have a reason to be upset or concerned.

Roger Nov 15, 2018 11:24 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Which is really funny because none of thy blessed trust fund Nimbys were crying Foal when the Homeless Shelter was installed on the 800 Block of Cacique Grit my Foot...Grit is bought with their trust funds from mommy and daddy...They have no grit of their own or class for that matter..

Lina24 Nov 15, 2018 12:03 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Many homeless here in Santa Barbara are not transients. They become homeless because they can't afford the exorbitant rents. Many are hard working people or students living in their cars because of it. It's time we get to the root of the problem and start taxing the "passive income" of those investors grossly profiteering off the backs of renters and home buyers, and put that money towards creating truly affordable housing in our community. Truly affordable meaning that someone who works full time earning minimum wage can at least pay for a one bedroom apt. with 1/2 of their income. Those greedy investors are the cause of the growing homeless issues in our current society, so they should have to pay to help fix it!!! This tiny home community is a start. Would you rather have them camped out on your sidewalks? Btw, that's not a bad idea for them to do to all those protesting and camping out in front of the council members homes and offices.

CoastWatch Nov 15, 2018 01:09 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

ROGER- No trust fund or Mommy and Daddy help- I wasn't drinking and bumming around during my 20's and 30's... Worked my a$$ off and saved enough to buy in Santa Maria- Flipped 3 houses over 10 yrs before I could live in SB where I WORKED and commuted all those years- I am not the only one who did that- Most of my co-workers did the same thing- I call it Grit, you call it whatever you like-

monkeyboy Nov 16, 2018 08:52 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Would you drive to Beverly Hills and demand that affordable housing be built in the middle of Rodeo Drive? How about demanding rents match the median income in a location like Honolulu or Manhattan? The fact is, we live in an expensive coastal tourist town and not everyone gets to live here just because they want to.

Roger Nov 15, 2018 05:45 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

I hope they do get the grant and the little homes are built and people get the help they need it aien't like these yahoos say it aien't gonna be a bunch of crooks in those houses it's going to be people that really want and need help. There are some people in this country that want to do away with the poor and handicapped they have no heart for anyone but their kind and no one else... Of course It would be really friggen boring if we were all the same.

Factotum Nov 15, 2018 09:14 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

They will probably wonder why vagrants are even coming to an area they can't afford. It is a choice to try and live on the streets of Santa Barbara; not some sort of necessity.

VinSB Nov 15, 2018 11:26 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Today's Independent article regarding this project states that it is "an emergency plan to house the most service-resistant homeless people in Santa Barbara." If this is true, then I don't believe that the residents would likely be receptive to services to get their lives back on track.

a-1542310386 Nov 15, 2018 11:33 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

What does "service-resistant" mean? Confrontational? Addicts? Severe mental instability? If this is true, I would think the surrounding residents would have every right to be concerned about this!

Factotum Nov 15, 2018 09:12 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

What liberal Seattle learned when they put a concentrated "homeless" shelter into their downtown: The area around the courthouse is surrounded by a homeless shelter and other social service organizations. Multiple assaults, harassment and drugs have been reported to the police in the area near the courthouse. Jurors have taken to asking judges to release them from jury duty and two jurors have been assaulted over the past two months.

“When they come to this courthouse they’re afraid to come in,” said King County Sheriff John Urquhart. “They’re afraid to walk down Third Avenue because what they see.”

Roger Nov 15, 2018 09:30 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Says it all right there..."They are afraid because of what they see." Just like all the others they judge others on what they see. Not every homeless, poor, handicapped physically, or mentally ill person is a thug but based on what people see they are none of them are given a chance to prove themselves any different based on what the so called perfectly normal people see...You said it right there.

Fitness1 Nov 15, 2018 03:01 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Well, Roger, it depends on what one sees. As a petite female, if I see a large man brandishing a knife while muttering to himself and then screaming obscenities to on-one, then I have every right to try and keep myself away from that person for my own safety. I have observed this (more than once, in broad daylight) downtown, and it is very frightening. If I did not have situational awareness based at least partly on what I can see, then I am simply foolish. That's not a judgement, it is discernment.

Lina24 Nov 15, 2018 12:07 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Many homeless here in Santa Barbara are not transients. They become homeless because they can't afford the exorbitant rents. Many are hard working people or students (and teachers!) living in their cars because of it. It's time we get to the root of the problem and start taxing the "passive income" of those investors grossly profiteering off the backs of renters and home buyers, and put that money towards creating truly affordable housing in our community. Truly affordable meaning that someone who works full time earning minimum wage can at least pay for a one bedroom apt. with 1/2 of their income. Those greedy investors are the cause of the growing homeless issues in our current society, so they should have to pay to help fix it!!! This tiny home community is a start. Would you rather have them camped out on your sidewalks? Btw, that's not a bad idea for them to do to all those protesting and camping out in front of the council members homes and offices.

Fitness1 Nov 15, 2018 02:48 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

FYI: Passive income IS taxed already. Most investors are not 'grossly profiteering'; most of them are barely keeping their own heads above water with insurance, taxes, mortgage on the property, damages caused by tenants, routine maintenance and upgrades, etc. Most take the long view that this is a long-term investment with present amounts of pain for long-term profit. Affordable housing will never be a reality in CA until somebody can build and sell workforce housing for $60-75K per house. I've been there, and my first house (not in CA) was $60K. Small but affordable. Half your income on housing expenses is not sustainable; the formula should be one quarter of your monthly income spent on housing. The math will never add up in CA with such high costs of materials and construction labor, insurance, permits, etc.

Lina24 Nov 16, 2018 02:00 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

I agree with you. I was a landlord for many years until recently. I charged reasonable rent and know the costs involved, and was satisfied with the fact that they were paying my mortgage. I just didn't feel right grossly profitting off them as I very well could have given the market. Most of my tenants were good, hardworking people that need family time too, like everyone does, to maintain a healthy family unit - and thus contribute to a healthy society. There are many landlords tho who do grossly profiteer off their tenants - and they are the ones who should be taxed at higher rates based on their profits to prevent their greed from affecting tenants so badly. This would discourage them from raising their rents too high, and if they choose to continue to, then those extra taxes would go towards subsidizing the rents of those who are struggling to keep up, and also towards building affordable homes, be they tiny or not... Whatever it takes to help keep our citizens healthy, functional, and off the streets is the goal. That is what will truly make America great again. Otherwise we'll end up like Mexico or India or other third world countries that have areas with gated mansions surrounded by cardboard shacks.

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