CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

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Source: California Highway Patrol 

We worked with Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and cleared out a homeless encampment [Tuesday]. There was trash everywhere along the side of the freeway off ramp. If you happen to see an encampment please let us know. (805) 967-1234

The City of Santa Barbara contracts with Big Green. They were not involved in this opperation, but the City of Santa Barbara, Caltrans, Santa Barbara Police Department, and the CHP Santa Barbara collectively work together to keep these unsafe encampments from growing. We provide alternative county resource options because these encampments on the freeway are unsafe for pedestrians and motorist.

The clean up cost is upwards in the thousands of dollars, including damage to the property and possible exposures to employees who have to clean up these encampments.

  

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biguglystick Jul 07, 2019 11:51 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Down along Montecito st. by the train station there is a constant problem of vagrancy. Under the bridge between the Brewhouse Restaurant and the Ducati motorcycle shop there are tons of vagrants always there. Sometimes the camps pop up overnight. They steal luggage from the Amtrak station and throw all the unwanted contents out along the streets. They defecate and leave dirty needles everywhere. It's disgusting and a public health hazard. This has been going on for years in this area. Wonder what the tourists think along the waterfront with all of this sad waste and degenerate trash.

Factotum Jul 08, 2019 10:03 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Jurisdiction issues prevent speedy clean up and ongoing enforcements. Union Pacific - a non local entity controls the RR tracks - no go zone that allows it to be a crime, graffiti and blight corridor. SBPD needs a solid MOU with Union Pacific to clean up this crime corridor - hope this happens soon. CalTrans has jurisdiction over the freeway easements. Same issues. US Rep Salud Carbajal.Assemblywomen Monique Limon and state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson need to pull all these loose state and federal threads together, which as much zeal as they attack the trans-juridictional oil industry.

sea dog Jul 07, 2019 09:20 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

RHS - You are wrong - and going political you are double wrong. Many cities like Redding have a full jail problem. The city uses jail labor in different ways. Some people work for Meals on Wheels and some people work with city cops doing things like cleaning up homeless camps. You are also wrong about work credit. They get 2 days credit for one day of work in Shasta county. I actually met a guy doing 3 years at Meals on Wheels to work off a 6 year sentence. It sure would be nice if liberal cities could solve their problems like conservative cities do. You won't see homeless camps in Redding !

mm1970 Jul 08, 2019 10:37 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

No homeless camps in Redding? From Google: "REDDING, Calif. — Homeless camps are becoming more visible in high-traffic areas of Redding and some businesses have expressed safety concerns for their staff and their customers. Redding businesses along Park Marina Drive said they regularly deal with transients outside stores and restaurants." Recent attempts to increase enforcement? No word on whether or not they are working.

a-1571052892 Jul 07, 2019 10:07 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Kudos SEADOG for pointing out the truth. People who resort to bringing Trump into it usually don't go off facts or make any sense anyway and are usually, as we see more and more every day, completely wrong.

Factotum Jul 07, 2019 04:48 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Most of this goes on in Meghan Harmon (downtown) and Oscar Gutierrez's (Westside) districts bordering both sides of the RR tracks. Let's see what our new experiment with district representation really does for us. Cathy Murillo's back yard, but she has been on council while the other two are new. So apparently Murillo did nothing for 8 years, except allow this situation to grow. RR tracks are unmonitored prime crime corridors. This should be obvious by now.

a-1571052892 Jul 07, 2019 11:20 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

I am glad that Edhat is keeping this thread out in full view with pics. It would be great for the elected officials to chime in to discuss what they think about these encampments and what is the best way to get rid of them. If they are on private or public land, I believe the agencies in charge have full permission to clear them out.

cato9 Jul 07, 2019 10:49 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Yes but in work furlough you work your own private sector job and pay rent to live at the honor farm . No community services are performed . Not the same thing.

BruceGo Jul 06, 2019 04:12 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

It would be good to also keep the on/off ramps clear of junked up shopping carts. Goleta is Good at this (kudos) but the ones in SB (like by Haley Exit) is always a junk yard, I see it every morning on the way to work. Sad to say, regardless of why they got to where they are today, they are NOT clean people, they don't care about other peoples property or safety. We have to pay to clean up after them, I do not see that problem going away anytime soon, they want to live they way to live, so the best we can do is try to keep it clean.

RHS Jul 06, 2019 10:09 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

The rich and the poor are equally forbidden to sleep on the freeway right of way. How fair is that!? One aspect of this not mentioned is that the results of these cleanups always improves an area of the right of way which had been allowed to go to seed due to lack of maintenance. Of course whack-a-mole type enforcement will not end the drive that puts these folks in the situation that makes such "housing" the best alternative they can find.

cato9 Jul 07, 2019 10:33 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Even before the July 4 6.4 earthquake and Friday’s 7.1 quake, the former company town of Trona was a ghost town, with vacant homes outnumbering occupied ones on many streets. With a population of less than 2,000, it’s dwarfed by nearby Ridgecrest, with its modest population of 29,000, just over the Kern County line.

a-1571052892 Jul 07, 2019 10:19 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

FACTOTUM, that's quite a leap in logic to assume folks who can barely live SSI check to SSI check to even have the savings much less savings enough for a downpayment to purchase a property let alone qualify for a loan. BTW, have you been to Trona? Sure, it's fun to spend a weekend among the pinnacles but an afternoon in town is all you need to make you itch to move on.

Factotum Jul 06, 2019 10:19 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Trona is practically giving away very nice homes and plenty of lots with hook-ups. That is the best they should be finding because their SSI checks can easily cover the costs. The local industry left and the homes left behind are remarkable for the prices asked. No, it was not destroyed by the recent earthquakes. Take a look on Zillow and weed through the fixers to find the true gems in Trona. But even the fixers are better than the illegal blighted freeway camps in this town. There is a liquor store in town, a health clinic and great scenery.

Factotum Jul 06, 2019 09:47 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Helpful immediate triage of the vagrancy issue: (1) the have nots; (2) the can nots; (3) the will nots. Each is handled differently. The roadway camps are the will nots, No point pretending we need to throw money or housing at them; they will not change their chosen camping lifestyle. They must be moved out of our community. public areas. It is their problem where they go next; not ours.

sea dog Jul 06, 2019 08:56 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Many cities use jail labor to clean up homeless camps. I think they get 2 days prison time credit for every day they work. Cleaning up camps does not have to break the bank !

RHS Jul 06, 2019 09:07 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Sea Dog's claim and speculation is without factual basis. City's do not use jail labor to do anything in California as jails are run by counties and prisons are run by the state. Work time is given to inmates but never in the ratio suggested here. Does anyone care if facts are part of our commentary or should we all just sink to the Trump level?

Shasta Guy Jul 05, 2019 05:09 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Trash, fecal matter, possibly used hypodermic needles too. Not a lot of sympathy here to be honest. If people treated our hiking trails and backcountry this way there would be no end to the outcry. Instead, it’s right here in or next to our neighborhoods.

a-1571052892 Jul 05, 2019 04:50 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

These people camp in rivers and start fires in the river beds. They love to tag up and all the creek overpasses are full of graffiti even on trees. The don’t pack out their disgusting vile trash and excremental either. They’re a total menace and the more stuff they lose and sleep the lose the better.

Always_Running Jul 05, 2019 03:57 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

I called Union Pacific the other day about a camp living behind my aunts condo. She said train conductors don’t report them unless they hinder speed/safety of the trains, I was advised it’s best to call their Response Management Team at (888) 877-7267. She said you can also print and mail-in photos to corporate offices with street names. Union Pacific Railroad Police 1400 Douglas Street Mail Stop 1040 Omaha, NE 68179

a-1571052892 Jul 07, 2019 03:57 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

ALWAYS_RUNNING: How about a phone # for Union Pacific RR to get that massive amount of graffiti removed from the train overpass at Modoc & Hollister?

a-1571052892 Jul 06, 2019 08:18 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Our elected officials (cities/county) and staff should be required to take a train ride from Goleta to Carpinteria. Downtown Organization, Visit Santa Barbara, both Chambers of Commerce should join them. Seeing what is along the tracks might stir them to action. Large encampments, trash, mattresses all along there. Not a very scenic welcome to the American Riviera.

Factotum Jul 05, 2019 01:49 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Good to see we will are finally getting rid of these multiple vagrancy camps. As chronic public health and safety hazards, they have put us all of us at risk. Nothing justifies their continued existence.

SBSBSBSBSBsb Jul 05, 2019 01:44 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Adam, does that mean if I don’t like someone I can relentlessly bother them until they decide to leave? Seems ignorant and close minded

yacht rocked Jul 05, 2019 01:27 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

There's a new one in Carp on the first steppe above the RR tracks and just below where the paragliders launch at the cul-de-sac of Carp Ave near Highway 150. It's not viewable from the top because it's shadowed by the first steppe below the launch site. SBSO was notified but the location is probably Union Pacific's responsibility since it's a couple hundred yards from the 101. Perfect location for an ocean view of the Rincon and Islands. Just bring water and TP.

AdamVant Jul 05, 2019 11:25 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

What great news.! Bums and hobos gone, along with their drug needles, tents, liquor bottles, urine, feces, pit bulls, and stolen bicycles. Keep up the good work. The bums and hobos should be relentlessly contacted every day, nonstop, until they tire of being contacted and go somewhere else.

a-1571052892 Jul 07, 2019 03:59 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

ADAMVANT. I agree, but take exception to you lumping in Pit bulls along with stolen good, feces, etc. Poor dogs. It's not their fault.

a-1571052892 Jul 05, 2019 11:07 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

(805) 967-1234. CHP: "If you happen to see an encampment please let us know. (805) 967-1234." Please send this info to your phone list, neighbors, family, friends. We can all work together to reduce this danger, for us and for the homeless.

Factotum Jul 05, 2019 01:39 PM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

CHP: these are vagrants, service-resistant vagrants. They are not "homeless". Best to update the terminology for more effective dispatch of this chronic matter.

biguglystick Jul 07, 2019 11:48 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

GOOD! I was shocked the other day when I got off on the northbound Laguna/Garden off ramp. It was filled with homeless detritus, trash and very dirty looking clothing strewn all over. Time to clean it UP, Santa Barbara! This has got to stop. It's all along the waterfront, and they are right about taking the train south. You see so many homeless camps it's insane.

Flicka Jul 05, 2019 10:25 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Chasing them out of dangerous places is a good move. Sure it would be nice to get them into housing and treatment centers but that is not the job of Caltrans and the CHP. They took an important step in at least keeping them, and motorists, safe.

Luvaduck Jul 06, 2019 09:32 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Assumes they are willing to work, able to take care of a provided place and nobody comes to take their place b/c locals are a soft touch.

Luvaduck Jul 06, 2019 09:32 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

Assumes they are willing to work, able to take care of a provided place and nobody comes to take their place b/c locals are a soft touch.

mm1970 Jul 05, 2019 10:13 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

I agree. It would be good news if it included: "The people who were living at this encampment have been relocated. Some of them are now being houses in location A, while others are being housed in location B. Others have entered into addiction treatment programs."

a-1571052892 Jul 05, 2019 09:46 AM
CHP and Caltrans Clear Out Homeless Camp

This is the best news you could give our community. Please continue to address this issue in a pro active manner. More photos like these would prove there is a major health problem. Now we need Union Pacific to get different agencies together to clear out the dozens of camps along the tracks, Montecito to north of Goleta. Big one right near Las Positas. that's why there are always panhandlers there. CHP needs to go by there daily and make sure the panhandlers are not there, walking the off ramp and slowing down traffic. Dangerous for all.

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