Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

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By Anna Marie Gott

Santa Barbara has a growing homeless problem of that there IS no doubt. Tourists, downtown business people and residents have all complained about the issue which continues to grow in both size and scope. The real question is how does the City address the issue and is "springing" a homeless trailer park on residents without notice the right way to conduct business?  This is a 3 year experiment that includes 40 trailers being parked adjacent to a neighborhood to house 40 hardcore homeless individuals and nearby residents of the proposed location were not consulted. This left their possible concerns intentionally disregarded and unaddressed while the City pushed ahead with a Grant Funding Application that would place a homeless trailer camp in their neighborhood for 3 years.

Noticing a simple Grant Funding Application on the City Council's Agenda rather than a Grant Funding Application that includes a 40 unit Homeless Trailer Park at Castillo and Carrillo seems designed to bury the information to ensure that residents won't voice their opinions. The Staff report even failed to mention anything about the homeless trailer camp or how long it would be in operation. It simply mentioned "Development of Bridge Housings" which is as clear as mud. The fact of the matter is that the City is planing to house 40 hardened mentally ill and addicted homeless individuals on rotating basis for 3 years adjacent to a residential neighborhood and they decided to limit the information provided to the public and leave neighbors out of the decision making process.

I believe that we make the best decisions when we have the most information and there IS a healthy dialog. I also  believe that when the City fails to notify and allow comments that it perpetuates the belief that many residents have that the City Staff and Council do not care what they think nor do they care to listen.

The City needs input from residents before the grant application is turned in and residents need to be apart of the conversation and the decision making process. But with a due date of 11/16 to apply for the grant the ONLY opportunity residents seem to have is on Tuesday (11/13/18) at City Council UNLESS residents demand a Special Emergency Meeting which is an option residents can advocate for.
 
If you are concerned about this plan and the lack of dialog or notice given to residents most affected I urge you to attend the meeting or send an email to the City Council on this topic.  If they don't hear from you the location won't be changed, a Special Emergency Meeting won't be had and the way the City notices things like this won't change. So, I urge you to attend the meeting or write a email expressing your thoughts.
 
City Council Meeting:
      735 Anacapa, 2nd Fl
      Tuesday @2:00PM
 
Email Comments/Concerns:
 
Read the City's Plan:
      https://tinyurl.com/SBHomelessTrailerCamp - Staff PowerPoint

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Factotum Nov 15, 2018 10:10 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

It is called municipal zoning ordinances that affect where and how you can live. They are the critical part of the compact you enter into when you and everyone chooses where they want to live. There are no rights that do not also include equivalent duties and responsibilities. I suggest you read up on them. before making more unilateral demands on others, who do abide by these express public compacts.

CoastWatch Nov 15, 2018 07:37 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Your point of view is EXACTLY what is wrong with America now- You have no GRIT. You just have an entitlement attitude. You could NEVER own a home, because it takes WORK and GRIT to accomplish it. You will settle for whatever is handed to you. What is great about the U.S. is that through HARD WORK and persistence , you CAN do anything and buy a house ANYWHERE- Our system provides you the tools to accomplish that or any other feat- IT JUST TAKES GRIT.

pstarSR Nov 15, 2018 07:04 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

so what stops every "area" from becoming high end like malibu? only someone saying it is. class warfare at its core. lets push out the rifraf by making it too hard for them to live here.

yacht rocked Nov 14, 2018 08:07 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Thank God for Amazon and the Internet, and downtown Carp. The only reason I'll ever go into downtown SB is for Jury Duty. Nice job, SB City Council - you've ruined it.

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 07:14 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

SB Could NOT Notice residents about the HEAP program. BUT EVEN Salinas offered a workshop! https://www.cityofsalinas.org/our-city-services/community-development/year-round-homeless-shelter/news/community-workshops-homeless-emergency-aid-program-heap.

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 06:16 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Brown Act Violation? That Agenda didn't give residents enough information about the item. How in the world would residents have known that a commuter parking lot would be removed from the parking system and that 40 tiny homeless trailers with 24/7 security would be located on the property for 3years OR MORE!!?

LocalinSB Nov 14, 2018 06:09 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

RECALL Murillo, Friedman, Gutierrez and Sneddon! These people are voting for things that make .the City worse not better. (Hart is gone in January.) Rowse and Dominguez did the RIGHT thing and voted NO. We need more people on Council that put Residents FIRST. These joker's don't.

ZeroHawk Nov 15, 2018 09:04 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

the folks without homes are locals. period. just because they don't have a nice car, a nice home, nice clothes, or even an address, doesn't make them obsolete in our community. residents or locals? you're simply separating and segregating more people with that label.

am1234 Nov 14, 2018 08:00 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

LOCALINSB, There were 2 guys that ran for 4th and 5th district last year that shockingly lost. The mayoral race was another complete shocker. They were common sense people who would not have voted for this or alot of other issues the council agrees on. The council probably has another agenda behind the scenes (political party) driving their decisions and its not on our behalf. Sadly the campaign they ran on was to make Santa Barbara better, to improve downtown, to have more affordable housing, to improve the homeless problem............etc. The city voted and this is what they voted for !

jdoggydogg Nov 14, 2018 05:14 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

At its core, this 'cash grab' is all it is for SB. There was some money on a table and SB went after it. Expect as little as possible put into Broke Blue Skies North and a nice chunk of change for the general coffers of SB and HACSB. What happens after 36 months? Any power points for reentry?

jdoggydogg Nov 14, 2018 05:12 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

This is going to be amazing! 40 Tiny homes = approximately 80 people off State Street (they're is going to be round ups, then they'll be deposited at the site). Then, all the retail will blossom, again, and, problem solved. Santa Bab's DT will be the spit shined amaze ball boho morning glory alexs cantina tony's pizza it one was. NOT.

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 04:48 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

PROTEST @ Council's HOMES. - The decision to fund "tiny trailer homes," and to focus on the mentally ill and addicts when we have domestic violence victims, seniors, veterans, youth and families that could have been served is outrageous. This was not the only option, but Staff, and the Santa Barbara Housing Authority made it sound like the only one. Check this out: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2133

a-1560842021 Nov 15, 2018 01:30 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

SBCOUNTYLOCAL: If the people can't attend Council meetings (or send letters or emails), I don't understand how they will be able to get to the council members homes, and spend time harassing them. And, another way to handle things is to vote in elections, and vote people in that you hope will help straighten things out (which, I admit, is often more of a question of who is the least likely to mess up things again.)

a-1560842021 Nov 15, 2018 01:20 AM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

No one said you were inciting violence. But, apparently you haven't observed what often happens at 'peaceful' protests, when a few hotheads show up and things get out of control. People have been hurt during what started out as 'peaceful protests'. Even 'under control', and not violent how many neighbors, along with the elected officials family members should have to suffer having large groups of people disrupt their lives? And, there is likely to be yelling, and/or bullhorns used, causing more discomfort and increase the possibility of people getting angry, and people getting hurt. If you did something others didn't like at your job, would you really think it proper for them to go to your home and harass you? It isn't the way to solve anything.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 09:46 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

I don't think elected people thought they signed up for being harassed at home. There have been lots of marches about issues in Santa Barbara. Organize one. Put up a yard sign in YOUR OWN HOME. Write letters, make calls, yell and scream. Just not in front of someone's house. I sure feel for their neighbors. Even more so for their kids. Why are supporters of this out to hurt people so much? It takes hard work to change public opinion, to organize, to change or affect legislation. Do the work if you really care.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 09:42 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

One of my first thoughts too, about spending $ for protection. With what's going on in the USA, toning it down is important! People are afraid of being killed, dammit.

SBCountyLocal Nov 14, 2018 05:24 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

No one is inciting violence here. Peaceful protests do not put anyone in harms way. They do make people uncomfortable though. Most people can't attend Council meetings. So why not go to their home? Makes sense. They are public servants and should expect this when they make decisions like this.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 05:11 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

I don't like the idea of protesting at their homes. That also puts them and their entire family in possible danger, as some people don't know how to have a 'civil' gathering/protest. It would probably mean police protection for the house and family members. A great way to spend more money!!??

SBWoman Nov 14, 2018 02:55 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Thank you Ms Gott for your excellent letter, for calling much about what’s occurring Citywide to our attention. I hope others contribute to your support to provide this beneficial watchdog service.

Roger Nov 14, 2018 02:38 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Maybe those people who are not happy with the homeless receiving help here should move somewhere else... There are far more affordable places that have Like minded people who hate homeless and poor people where they can all live and be happy together. America is still a free country where people can choose where they would like to live but some people are not happy with their neighbors perhaps they can find another place to go....

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 02:34 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

At a $4M cost, City is gifting to 40 homeless a tiny house for 30 months in a prime location at a taxpayer cost of $2500/month with social services. Is this the highest and best use for $4M? How about 2000 tiny houses for workers at $500/month? Other beach communities - Redondo, Hermosa, Manhatten- do not have a homeless problem: why? Regional solutions: shelter cots in lower cost areas for $850/mo with social services.

ZeroHawk Nov 14, 2018 03:35 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

so you're against helping people with less than you? you would rather them sleep on a cot in some warehouse rather than in a safe space? wow...just remember this when you or one of your own ends up in that position...because it can...and it will happen.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 01:55 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

To A-154... I attempted to "share" it in the past, but this site would not print it due to the "We'll decide what's news or not" mentality. Now, it's folks such as yourself who no longer ask nicely for things, but instead demand. When a nice person asks the Mayor to ask me with a respectful tone..I will happily submit my plan, free of charge.

jdoggydogg Nov 14, 2018 05:56 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

they've totally abandoned downtown, they like to lurk in the nu downtown of Coast Village Road and mingle at Hugette Clarks old pad. Such a joke.

ZeroHawk Nov 14, 2018 03:36 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

where have you been? our city council has run this town into the ground. our mayor elect included. ...this city counsel has abandoned downtown.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 02:21 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

City is gifting to 40 lucky homeless a tiny house at a prime location at a taxpayer cost of $2500/month. Without support services our City could offer 1000 workers a tiny house for $600/month; and 2000 workers a place to park their vehicles with shower, toilet, trash service and water for $360/mo. Thank you Reps Dominquez and Rowse for voting for better solutions to benefit more residents, and against this insanity to serve only 40 at $2500/mo.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 02:21 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

City is gifting to 40 lucky homeless a tiny house at a prime location at a taxpayer cost of $2500/month. Without support services our City could offer 1000 workers a tiny house for $600/month; and 2000 workers a place to park their vehicles with shower, toilet, trash service and water for $360/mo. Thank you Reps Dominquez and Rowse for voting for better solutions to benefit more residents, and against this insanity to serve only 40 at $2500/mo.

Luvaduck Nov 14, 2018 12:18 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Lots of places in the US to live that are half the price of living in SB. They don't have the good weather or a nearby ocean, but some of them do have available jobs. (Some don't.)

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 04:57 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Without jobs, or receiving lower wages in other cities ("Lots of places"), many would still be homeless. Not by their choice. There are homeless people most everywhere. Hawaii has them EVERYWHERE! Many of them with family roots going back over a hundred years. Most cities don't want them there. Where do they go? "Lots of places"... Doesn't answer the question.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 01:28 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

Other beach communities do not have SB problems because they don’t want them. Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach enter into regional agreements with other cities to serve homeless to keep communities economically appealing, to sustain property values, plus keep safer and cleaner. SB has much to learn but isn’t interested. Homeless are big business.

ZeroHawk Nov 14, 2018 03:38 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

thats because they are NOT sleeping on the sidewalk in front of your house, my house, or someone elses house, and if they were, be a good human and offer a blanket or some warm soup and don't be a dick. the people in this city are really starting to act like over entitled elitists. grow a heart.

CoastWatch Nov 14, 2018 01:42 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

The 9th Circuit Court and the ACLU have combined to take away rights from those who "play by the rules" (job, mortgage, insurance(s), socially responsible citizens) and have given "rights" to those who are the opportunists, criminals and felons.

a-1560842021 Nov 14, 2018 01:24 PM
Homeless Trailer Park on Castillo and Carrillo

9th Circuit Court ruled recently it is unconstitutional to prevent public sleeping in or on any public sidewalk or space, UNLESS no non-religious shelter cots are available . It will go on appeal. Until then, call daily at 5 to ask how many beds are available and where. SB Police have a stand-down Order from City Council. No response to callers about homeless camping on sidewalks in front of your home.

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