Brush Fire on W. Cota

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Brush Fire on W. Cota
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Brush fire at a homeless camp behind 711 West Cota Street.

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RHS Jun 15, 2020 08:54 AM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

It is true that little has been done to deal with the pragmatic problems posed by the homeless population. The bureaucratic solution is to "study" it again and again. This is mainly a sop to politicians who can't get the courage to actually intervene for fear they will alienate one voter block or another. What is needed includes: 1. Housing and service availability in all south county communities, not just in the city of Santa Barbara as that attracts and concentrates the problem. This means Carpinteria and Goleta especially need to chip in. 2. Walk-in service centers providing counseling and other direct assistance, including resources to help people move on or back to their roots if they want to do so. 3. Establishment of locked care housing for the severely mentally ill. This is possible under the law but the Sheriff has taken over this role though his department is temperamentally unsuited to the task and the "housing" in the jail is destructive of the person being held. 4. Provision of better street resources such as places for the homeless to shower and use the toilets. 5. Subsidized employment that will allow marginally competent people to "work" and be given income that allows them to take care of themselves. All of this can be done with a reallocation of existing expenditures now being absorbed by County Mental Health and the SBSO.

RHS Jun 15, 2020 12:59 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

I also do not have that sort of detail. But, for example, the north county jail is not necessary in its size and staffing. It was down voted twice by the public. It was sold on the idea it would provide care and treatment. This is not the job of the Sheriff. If we needed care and treatment facilities they would have better distributed and much cheaper if spread around the county. "Behavioral Wellness" has enough money to regular updates on regular long term plans and surveys but says it doesn't have staff to go to the needy. One suspects that the study folks much prefer that role than the nitty gritty hard work of doing the job they hired to do. And so it goes...

Ahchooo Jun 15, 2020 09:09 AM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

I’d be seriously interested in seeing a budget showing how much it would take to accomplish your suggestions, and how the current budgets you mention could be shifted to do so. Most people, myself included, have no clear idea of how much it would cost to do these things, or how much is currently spent in other, less effective, directions.

Luvaduck Jun 15, 2020 07:51 AM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

Homeless isn't the same as vagrant, insane, drunk or drug addict/manufacturer. Legitmate homeless people can be helped and respond well to necessary health and security issues. The rest are a clear danger to everyone else including the no-fault homeless. Getting the mentally incompetent into resident care facilities would be an excellent start for them and us. Getting the no-faults back on their feet would also be a double blessing. Not passing out hand-outs to the rest would cause many to move to greener pastures. They are a fire danger to the whole area. Left unresolved the eventual results are predictable: loss of life, property and livelihood.

a-1592230936 Jun 15, 2020 07:22 AM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

What are suggestions regarding the homeless? It takes more than venting to help this matter.

a-1592227957 Jun 15, 2020 06:32 AM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

Meanwhile....
When is the city county state fed DJT going to deal with this? Crickets. Lotta talk over the years, no appreciable effect, wanted millions of taxpayer dollars, in fact problem is worse.
City has failed to act. Time for the people to protect our community. The word is out. Today is the days it starts changing, like it or not. The hand wringers have had more than ample opportunity to remedy the situation. Didn’t work did it? Stand aside you empty bureaucrats. Your time is up.

santabarbaraJRT Jun 14, 2020 06:45 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

we live on the lower west side and smelled it before we saw it and that did not smell like veg to us. It smelled like a toxic chemical, it blew into our house, had everything open enjoying one of the last few days of not smelling all the fuel going up loma alta. Go in the back yard and that was some serious smoke but if they were cooking something it was not food. Glad to work 80 hrs a week so I can afford my property taxes on the lower west side. OH and a week ago some guy was screaming at another guy Mthr Frk I will kill you! Get up the hill, cops are there all the neighbors and the one had bashed the other ones face in blood everywhere half naked and looked drugged and drunk. I thought the neighbor a few doors down was gonna club him they are sick of it, the kids can't even play in the backyard. People love the weather here. Does not mean we have to put up with drunken drugged insane vagrancy. It is getting old fast

Roger Jun 14, 2020 06:55 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

Sorry your going through that feel free to post information anytime you can report anonymously what you think might be cooking over there. Make sure you keep your home secured I hope you have home protection stashed in your home.

All Sides Jun 14, 2020 12:29 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

Thanks Roger. Smelled the smoke then heard the sirens.

Roger Jun 14, 2020 12:27 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

They are having a hard time getting to the fire but now saying they can handle it with 3 engines cancelling the rest...I guess it's ok then. I wonder where the next cooking fire will be?

Roger Jun 14, 2020 12:25 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

Too much vegetarian up there..bad place for a camp.

Roger Jun 14, 2020 12:22 PM
Brush Fire on W. Cota

Numerous r.p.'s referring to the people in the homeless camp as "crazy homeless people"

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