Homeless Camp Cleared Near Railroad Tracks
Photos: John Palminteri / KEYT
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara City Public Works organized a homeless camp cleanup near Highway 101 along the railroad tracks this week, reports John Palminteri of KEYT News.
A team of contracted workers, police, Union Pacific, and environmental health personnel all assisted in the cleanup of hundreds of pounds of removed items and trash where Santa Barbara meets Montecito. Hazardous materials included drug-related items and human waste including a makeshift bathroom, reports Palminteri.
People who were living in the camps received advanced notice of the cleanup.
Local business owners and residents have urged public officials to take action against the growing number of encampments along the railroad tracks, highways, and creekbeds. A growing number of small brush fires have been attributed to these camps.