Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

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Two illegal camp fires along the railroad tracks. One is a Homeless Camp near 140 South Calle Chavez. Engine 2 is on scene.

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JB86 Oct 20, 2019 09:05 PM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

Yeah, something has changed. We always had 'hobos,' but they generally were benign, didn't cause problems for citizens. Now, we have 'homeless' actively harassing citizens, starting fires in their camps endangering everyone. We are now seeing about one homeless camp fire per week between Goleta and Montecito. Luckily most haven't happened during the worst conditions, but it is just a matter of time. Meanwhile, authorities are playing 'Whack-A-Mole' trying to eradicate the camps. When one is cleaned up, the people just move a few hundred yards and start over. I wish I had the silver bullet solution, but I'm afraid no one does.

PitMix Oct 21, 2019 09:29 AM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

'totum, where are these paradises that you speak of? As far as I know, the other cities in CA are struggling with the same issues that we are. I get the feeling that you are referring to places like Bakersfield that takes a punitive stance toward the homeless. They still have them, though.

Factotum Oct 20, 2019 09:15 PM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

The silver bullet is political will which will take changing our elected leaders and terminating our current police chief. Other cities don't have the problems we have. Nothing magic, just a change in direction and expectations. This city officially enables this conduct. Stop enabling and set strict community standards. Yes, that means jail for violations. Pass it on.

a-1573715730 Oct 19, 2019 06:29 PM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

Poison oak isn't all that easy to grow. It likes (wait for it) Oak groves and Sycamores and prefers damp, shady areas. Typically there's a nice creek nearby.

a-1573715730 Oct 19, 2019 12:29 PM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

Here’s a solution: plant native Gooseberry at all known/potential campsites and nurture plants until they are established. Birds love the plants and the thorns will keep potential “campers” at bay.

Icre84U Oct 19, 2019 01:32 PM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

Best solution I've heard yet! I planted some Gooseberry, similar to wild rose it grows like crazy, doesn't need watering and now I can't get rid of it. But good deterrent against trespassers & vagrants.

Luvaduck Oct 20, 2019 08:30 PM
Multiple Illegal Camp Fires Along Railroad Tracks

Roger Miller style "Third-boxcar evening train, destination Bankor, Maine" types--"knights of the road"--were rarely dangerous although they did steal food and sometimes clothes off a clothesline, they liked to wander and lived rough but were competent. They got drunk, but weren't on drugs and the law wasn't prevented from dealing with them expeditiously if they got out of line. The population was a lot less than today and basic commodities were cheaper. Most of the vagrants of today are an entirely different story.

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