SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After days of concerns raised by residents and community leaders, a cleanup took place Thursday in Santa Barbara at a newer Cacique Street homeless camp.
It was noted at Tuesday's City Council meeting in a discussion about warming centers and other winter shelters. There is an open shelter nearby but those in the underpass area have not used it.
Issues involved blocking the sidewalk, trash, health and safety concerns and trespassing on to the freeway property nearby.
Santa Barbara Police used a pickup truck and several officers to ask those at the location to move along. Belongings left behind were taken and stored.
One man earlier in the week created a make shift broom and had been sweeping the area. Another picked up three bags of trash and awaited a trash truck to haul it out.
Several homeless shelters and warming centers are open in Santa Barbara funded by thousands of dollars in operating funds, grants and donations each month.