Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

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Female transient lit a small fire in the walkway near McDonald's, in the 1200 Block of State Street. She lit a small tree on fire in a planter.

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a-1576169672 Nov 09, 2019 12:09 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

HOUSING is what's needed. Not an institution. do some research, everyone. Re: lack of housing, cost of housing, obstacles in CA to building housing, what causes homelessness, who is homeless and where they're from, etc...

AdamVant Nov 08, 2019 07:42 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

A normal society and normal people don’t tolerate this. Progressives insist that everything is relative, so normal society and normal people are forced to tolerate this.

SBTownie Nov 07, 2019 05:55 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

SB Independent had an article this week about how some city council members and activists in the community are pushing back against the possibility of new rules intended to keep the hobos from parking their crap all over our streets/parks/sidewalks. Funnily enough for all of the vilification she gets here, it actually seemed like Mayor Murillo was challenging Sneddon, etc. on this and saying that we cannot end up like LA / SF / Seattle where the hobos have just completely taken over. Literally at what point is enough enough? Driving down State St. this morning at 10:15am and it looked like zombies had taken over. They outnumbered normal people by 2:1.

a-1576169672 Nov 09, 2019 07:10 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

SBTOWNIE I'm no Murillo fan but if she really said that then that is good. I often run quick errands later at night and without fail, the "zombies" are out, screaming out things and such. It's disturbing and unpleasant to say the least. I work hard to pay my rent here and should be able to go out at night without having to listen to them screaming and ranting and taking over the streets. It's ridiculous and a low standard of living.

yacht rocked Nov 07, 2019 05:39 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

Excellent candidate for a court-mandated induced Coma, parking her shell in a no-signage discreet tilt-up industrial building against the freeway in Goleta.

a-1576169672 Nov 07, 2019 05:29 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

CHIP OF SB has it right. In just the past few weeks I have seen so many more of these pitiful, wretched beings walking around. It's incredible how their numbers have increased. Some of them with overloaded shopping carts, some with packs; most wearing rags. It's criminal that we can't "save" them all. But these beings need care and need to be off the streets. Handing them money or sandwiches is not going to help them, nor is any day care center the answer. Institutionalize them.

Luvaduck Nov 08, 2019 10:07 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

The numbers will swell as "snowbirds" arrive from all the colder, less hospitable areas of the entire country. Who'd want to winter in New York/Chicago/Detroit--or even Seattle & Portland--when it's so much warmer, easier pickin's here?

ZeroHawk Nov 08, 2019 09:29 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

pitiful wretched beings? you mean your fellow human beings? come back to earth, and please get off your high horse. they are humans. they need help and our government, state, and local, and federal, have nothing to help them with. i had family that worked fro Camarillo State Hospital. when they disolved the programs, most of the really bad patients were transfered to Atascadero, the rest were just let out onto the streets. These people need help and compassion. Not @sshats sitting online calling them wretched beings. Like you're any better... this is sad....such a lack of compassion and empathy. is this how we treat people? is this how your folks raised the lot of you to treat others in society, especially those that are worse off than you? this isn't how i was brought up, and I personally take steps to chip in and help, rather than sit at home and bang away at a keyboard acting like you have the solutions to save the city/world.

RHS Nov 08, 2019 09:20 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

Factotum is right. We need to provide locked care and other facilities in this community for this population as needed. Because it is expensive it will not be abused or overloaded. With the exception that has made the Psychiatric Health Facility ("PUFF") a joke for decades which is that the staff will admit the most amenable and quiet patients but decline the difficult workload which is then left in the community or put into jails.

SBLetsGetAlong Nov 07, 2019 03:11 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

I heard the democratic candidate for District 2 state several times that all the homeless need is a day Center in downtown close to businesses. Day centers are typically open for 6 hours during daylight hours, “day Center”. Do you think this would prevent what you saw after your movie? Do you think this would prevent fires at the camps that almost burned down residents and businesses, Milpas, Bath St and Fairview fires to name three big ones in the last three months. What do you all think should be done to help the homeless and the rest of the public?

Factotum Nov 07, 2019 04:30 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

Chip, the state has started pilot programs in LA, SF and San Diego making it easier to get court guardian status for these people which will provide for their placement in institutional care settings. Don't forget years ago voters passed the Mental Health Services Act that has raised billions of dollars to provide care for exactly this population group. So far no one has been accountable for where those funds went. But with this new pilot program and more accountability for the MHSA funds raised every year, the population you are describing will be taken off the streets ....finally. Track this pilot program and ask our local state elected officials (Limon and Jackson) to make it available for our community as soon as possible

Roger Nov 07, 2019 04:02 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

If I end up homeless and some Ding Bat goes to stick me in a Institution they better say Good Bye to their teeth because they are going with me..Care institution my butt!

Chip of SB Nov 07, 2019 03:56 PM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

I do not think that a "day center" as you are describing it would accomplish much of anything. I believe that people who are unable to care for themselves should be institutionalized and cared for 24/7. I would suggest as a general proposition that most so-called "homeless" people would be far better off in an institution than crashed out in doorways or writhing on sidewalks. I believe that institutionalizing these people would virtually eliminate all of the problems we associate with "homelessness." In addition, I believe that doing so would dramatically improve the safety and standard of living of the "homeless" individuals who are institutionalized. It is care, not punishment. I truly believe that such a solution would eliminate the "homeless" problem the general public is exposed to while simultaneously benefiting the "homeless" people. However, such a solution cannot be implemented without a profound political shift at the state and local level. Until such a shift occurs, the "homeless" situation will continue to spiral out of control.

Chip of SB Nov 07, 2019 09:10 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

I saw Joker at the Arlington recently. After the film we walked back to my car and it was like the movie had come to life. Someone was laid out in the doorway of the McDonalds. Then another person was laid out on Anapamu street in an alcove. A third person was somewhat frantically pacing back and forth on the other side of Anapamu. Then a fourth... It felt like some kind of zombie invasion. The situation seems eerily reminiscent of the film Joker. How many times does someone have to reach out for help before they can be put in an institution and treated like a human being? How does someone react when the system fails them, abandons them, and leaves them writhing in agony on the sidewalk time after time? Is lighting something on fire enough to get this poor woman the help she needs? What will it take?

Stefana Nov 09, 2019 07:15 AM
Female Transient Starts Small Fire on State Street

There is a 2 part system here - one for them and one for us - b/c they cannot make $$ of them. They can't pay bail which means they have to jail them which costs money, they can't pay court fines, filing fees, etc. So, they don't bother with them and let them get away with it. You or I would be fined, jailed, etc. b/c the court system can recover its costs with us, and also make $$

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