Dear Santa Barbara Mayor and City Council Members: Thank you for saving us from the scourge of single-use plastic bags (please read with the deep sarcasm that is intended).
Perhaps now we can try to do something useful for the citizens and businesses in Santa Barbara – especially along the Milpas Street corridor.
I have attached photos of the transient problem around my business. These photos begin with January 2013 and end as of yesterday, October 15, 2013.
These photos, PDF left, are typical of what goes on around Milpas Street. They paint a sad picture of what is allowed to happen to a neighborhood when homeless and transient facilities are allowed to operate without regard to the impact on the community. I realize that pan-handling near Trader Joe’s is hardly a big deal except it happens every day. The trash left in the bushes does nothing to improve the neighborhood. The urinating and defecating on our property do nothing to help the neighborhood. The shopping carts filled to overflowing are also not appealing.
If it were not for the Milpas Community Association I fear the City would simply ignore the problems in our area.
I ask the City Council to do more to help the local community in the Milpas Street area. Casa Esperanza should be held to a strict standard; police budgets should be increased to help create more patrols in the area; and finally the City needs to recognize the burden it has placed on our neighborhood by allowing transient facilities to operate here.
Jed A. Hendrickson, CM, AICA