Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

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Source: City of Goleta

A multi-agency effort coordinated by the City of Goleta began on Monday, September 9, 2019, with the clean-up of homeless encampments, trash, and debris found within the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) owned rail corridor. The rail corridor goes through Goleta City limits, spanning just west of the Cathedral Oaks Overpass to Patterson Avenue. The clean-up effort is expected to last four days, concluding on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Agencies assisting in this clean-up include: UPRR Police, Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, Goleta Police Department/Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, MarBorg Industries, Homeless Services within the Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, and the City of Goleta’s Public Works Department. 
 
Vyto Adomaitis, Director of Neighborhood Services & Public Safety for the City, said, “This clean-up effort is a priority for the City of Goleta for many reasons. As confirmed by the recent Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report on Railway Safety, the clean-up efforts are consistent with the goals to reduce fatalities, safety hazards and future fires from occurring in and around the railway corridor going through Goleta. This is accomplished by closely working with property owner Union Pacific Railroad and our allied agencies.” 
 
Representatives from Santa Barbara County Behavior Wellness are present during the clean-up effort to offer shelter and services to homeless individuals they come into contact with.
 
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “The City is making a concerted effort to holistically address the needs of people experiencing homelessness within our community and on a regional level.  We are working on our first ever Homeless Strategic Plan which will be finalized by next Summer.  We look forward to continuing to work with the community and non-profit partners on this important issue.”

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winter Sep 13, 2019 06:18 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Was at Trader Joe's, Goleta...am furious.. A women, with a "god bless you sign", out front...people brought her food.. Came in the store...I kept my purse close.. Back begging...with her sign...also, 2 guys with a bucket....not agressive.. but asked for money....will not shop there anymore.....

a-1569216172 Sep 12, 2019 05:00 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Hell goleta sees SB throwing out the welcome mat, wanting to build yet more publicly funded "homeless" housing in the heart of downtown. No wonder they figured it'd be an easy sell to clean up their neck of the woods, flush the $/-/:!-which we all know flows downhill..and ends up where? SB

Bodyboarder73 Sep 12, 2019 10:27 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

The homeless problem includes almost every city in the state. There's no need to turn this into Santa Barbara is better than Goleta or vice versa. They are both nice places with the same homeless problems. All the cities in the state are eventually going to have to figure out a solution to homelessness. Blame our "leaders" instead of this nonsensical rivalry.

a-1569216172 Sep 12, 2019 05:11 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Your thought process is a contributing factor. Stop with the exceptionalist ego trip. If you want to make it your business to change their minds, good luck. We as a society have bent over backwards and this community offers more public services than most, but solutions, no luck. Stop wasting tax dollars on those who do not want or need help or who prefer"to live like animals" (wait a second, aren't we all animals?) If you won't contribute, the door is right over there, c ya! Solution to homelessness is like giant shrimp, ain't part of reality. There will always be some on the bottom rung, always, that is reality.

Factotum Sep 12, 2019 11:05 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Actually, it is the transients who have to solve this problem. Why assume only the "government" can solve it. Stop giving to panhandlers is also a non-government solution. Stop the false "charity" that enables continued street life intead of forcing this transient population into a serious reality check. They have to change this time ; not continue to demand we give them our spare change. People need to take a long; slow breath before they automatically demand "the government" solves any and all issues. The "government" is nothing more than the collective will of voters, who spend our own tax dollars.

Red Creek Sep 11, 2019 01:15 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Hopefully the City of Goleta will also monitor the open spaces in Ellwood. Piles of trash, shopping carts and tents show up regularly, occasionally accompanied by a threatening individual. The eucalyptus forests, hidden cliff face camps, and the swampy areas adjacent to UCSB housing and Phelps Road need regular monitoring, not just when complaints are filed or campers are threatening people. Locals are terrified a camp fire will inadvertently be set that burns down adjacent housing. Perhaps in addition to trail signs warning of the falling trees, some "NO CAMPING" signs could go up? So sad for all involved, the homeless, the community, and the law enforcement and mental health people who are all too familiar with these problems.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 06:05 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Be careful what you wish for. If you're walking your dog(s) off-leash, those Rangers are more than happy to ruin your day. Yeah, yeah "leash law" and so on. But us scofflaw off-leash people enjoy our open space------a lot. And despite what the dog-averse gang likes to think, we pick up after our dogs.************ I went to Oak Park the other day and because City Animal Control has been (nicely) telling people to leash their dogs, guess what? The park was EMPTY. No happy dog walkers. Not a soul, apart from the usual faction of repulsive transients hanging out on both sides of the creek, at the picnic tables. One dude was so creepy, stumbling toward the bathrooms, it was revolting. A BIG load of blankets (at least a dozen) all piled up on the creek bank, along with assorted other junk. It's absurd to tell people they can't allow their dogs to romp and play off-leash but it's okay to find the park is loaded with plastic confetti, piñata plastic candy wrappers, bottle caps, plastic straws (yep) and . . . most trashy of all . . . the bums.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 04:32 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

In the 80s we kids would ride dirt bikes all over the Ellwood mesa, Sands beach, the slough area, etc. I know, right: the shame! There were regular patrols by sheriff deputies of the RR tracks as far North as the bridge at Naples and the entire area. They rode dual purpose motorcycles and if they weren't there every day, it was nearly every day. This would put an end to the homeless campers I see all the time when walking our dog on the Ellwood mesa today.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 04:08 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

The City of Goleta should look into hiring park rangers to patrol their open spaces and parks. It would make residents feel safer knowing there is someone regularly patrolling those spaces and kicking out those abusing the rules.

Chip of SB Sep 11, 2019 03:08 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

I think your comments are spot on. Fires routinely start around the drug addict encampments. It is only a matter of time until this occurs at the wrong encampment at the wrong time and strong winds carry it into surrounding neighborhoods. A fire initiating in the overgrowth along the 101, the railroad, the creeks, lake los carneros, and other poorly maintained open spaces could rapidly burn to the ocean during a high wind event. Unless we start maintaining our open spaces and clearing out all the overgrowth this outcome is inevitable. It is a matter of when and where it will happen, not if.

sbsunny Sep 11, 2019 12:10 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

There have been several very sad instances of people being hit by trains, so it seems like it makes sense to make sure there are no camps close to train tracks. It's a good decision to clean up there for safety.

LCP112233 Sep 11, 2019 11:57 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

There was a great article in Forbes magazine on Sept 9th. It is about how our useless governor is calling for a state of emergency due to the homeless population. Hit the nail right on the head in a long, well written article about how messed up CA's government is when it comes to dealing with these situations.

a-1569216172 Sep 12, 2019 03:41 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

I wish SB was doing the same. There is a huge homeless encampment on Caltrans property under the southbound onramp of Las Positas. Those homeless people are begging on the on/off ramps daily. They are now around Adams School and Earl Warren. They are on the streets of Hidden Valley and the Samarkand. SB must end this. Clear out that homeless camp and do as they are doing in Goleta. Get help for these unfortunates and get them off our sidewalks. TJs on DLV needs to stop the begging at the parking lot. Do as the 7/11 does; put out a polite sign that asks people to STOP encouraging this behavior. WE drove through SB/Montecito today on the 101. Absolutely filthy freeway............worse than LA or riverside or any other community we drove through on a 5 hour ride. SB is the most littered freeway area on our trip. So sad.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 10:54 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Yet no one is talking or concerned about the sea level rise that is happening now. The vast majority of the homeless live in the area outlined in the Blue Line Project. In just a few short years our entire waterfront will be gone. Where do you think the SB homeless will move to...Montecito? Hope Ranch?

Chip of SB Sep 11, 2019 03:46 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

The tide gauge measurements in santa barbara show a consistent long term trend. There is no recent change to this trend. If you or someone you know believes their property near the ocean will soon be submerged by rapid human caused seal level rise, please let me know as I would be glad to buy said property for an appropriate discount taking that into account.

Lucky 777 Sep 11, 2019 09:33 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

To be effective this needs to be done everywhere. Keep them moving along until they find a place where they can collect their government checks and hunker down near a liquor store out of the public thoroughfare. Those beggars in front of Trader Joe's are particularly obnoxious, I stopped one day to take a picture of the miss-spelled sign they use and the guy pulled out an iPhone and took my picture. Don't feed the animals.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 10:56 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

at 10:17 - Nothing beautiful in Goleta? No views? You've obviously never been to any of the beaches there. Old Town is "filled with homeless?" No, it's not. Just because some people in that area may look a little rough around the edges (ie, not millionaires or tourists), doesn't mean they're homeless.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 10:50 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Oh, come on now 10:17. I live and work in Goleta and we get plenty of visitors to our little town. Anecdotally, we almost always take business partners to a casual lunch at Sandpiper (I love their Ellwood sandwich). After lunch we take the 101 South back to the office and the vistors always are shocked to see the size of the camps next to the railroad between Winchester Canyon and Storke. I'm glad to hear that they're cleaning these up. We get it, you don't like Goleta but either you're trolling the Goodland or just misguided.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 10:17 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

No one comes to this town to visit Goleta. Nothing special about it, boring, nothing beautiful, no spectacular scenic views. People forget about Goleta because its ugly. "old town" is run down and filled with homeless.

a-1569216172 Sep 11, 2019 08:55 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Something obviously needs to be done about the homeless situation; however, calling human beings many of whom have severe mental illness "scum" and comparing them to head lice is not solving any problems. I support a multifaceted approach where those with addiction problems can get help and those who want to work can get employment assistance. Just clearing them out only moves the problem elsewhere. It's common sense.

Factotum Sep 11, 2019 09:24 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Stop using the term "homeless". Triage this population group into (1) the have nots; (2) the can nots; (3) the will nots. The last group, the (3) will nots - those who are service resistant -- cause 80% of the problems.

a-1569216172 Sep 10, 2019 09:25 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

That’s leadership. Glad the useless ACLU didn’t file an injunction claiming private property is unfair. Hear hear for Goleta stopping a corridor. And for Buellton too when they swept the scum out of the riverbed. I’ve seen more and more able bodied males lately. With 4.5% unemployment they can get a job somewhere. They made their bed and now have to live with the consequences.

mm1970 Sep 11, 2019 09:07 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Until the US as a country creates policies to handle poverty, lack of affordable housing, homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, it won't change. Until then, the unfortunates will just get shuttled from place to place. Solves nothing.

MountainMan4865 Sep 10, 2019 08:32 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Unfortunately, most of the aggressive panhandlers live in the suburbs, so this won't do much, but displace the unseen. The woman, or 'family' with the rotating family in front of TJ's in Goleta, lives in Summerland. One business owner on Calle Real followed the young woman with the pit bull (same dog used by several other panhandlers).... turned out, she 'lived' in the same neighborhood he did.

Soccer-Fan Sep 11, 2019 09:06 AM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Interesting. Naturally one doe s not know the circumstances regarding this person but she does appears well nourished, healthy, and perhaps capable of work. One would think a job, albeit menial for a while, would be better than begging. For her own personal well being and feeling of independence.

Tee Gee Sep 10, 2019 06:31 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

I lived a long time in Hawaii; a common problem in the islands are "ukus" or head lice. They are parasites which feed off the host to survive. The only way to get rid of ukus is to shave the head and start fresh. This seems to parallel the only way to get rid of homeless parasites and homeless camps- shave away all the beautiful foliage which borders our roads and start fresh. The ukus won't go away on their own.

a-1569216172 Sep 10, 2019 06:03 PM
Goleta Leads Charge in Cleaning Up Homeless Camps

Santa Barbara should follow lead. I've reported encampments off Upper State/Calle Real and Offramps and on onramps. There's a bunch of tents and trash, and not to mention drug addicted vagrants who have intention to get off the streets as they basically have no consequences for their actions.

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