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Fires point to risky conditions in Ravenswood Triangle

Original post made on Jul 10, 2020

A 60-acre grass-and-marsh area with homeless encampments, most of which is supposed to be protected habitat for endangered species, has been besieged by 23 fires this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 10, 2020, 11:38 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by It’s a mess
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 10, 2020 at 11:42 pm

Not one mention of the weed grows, 10 foot waste pits, huge drug use, thefts attributable to the residents, the rapes, shootings, stabbing, the arsons, vehicle thefts, bike thefts, shabbiest, ticks, poison oak, infections etc. Caltrans, Chp, Caltrain, private property owners and the feds have all been passing the buck. The property owners have allowed this to happen. It’s lawlessness. Children. Some county services only brings food and enables people to live out there.

Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Are there any homeless shelters in this part of San Mateo County that can help these people? I don't think we can morally or legally move kick the people out of this location when there is nowhere for them to go.

Posted by Steve Taffee
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Seems to me that the article is incomplete since the reporter (apparently) did not attempt to interview any of the homeless living in this encampment. Their perspective might help us understand the situation more completely.

Posted by It’s a mess
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2020 at 6:03 pm

There are shelters. But all these agencies talk a big game until it’s time to do something. All these people don’t want to be housed. The reporter should go out there and meet the homeless drug addicts and mentally ill. Nor did the reporter talk to law enforcement who is stuck picking up the pieces and who are powerless to enforce anything. I bet you the mayor has never been out there. She is good at talking and let others do the dirty work

Posted by It’s a mess
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2020 at 6:05 pm

Or the reporter should talk to the line firefighters. The chief only knows what he knows

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm

The Fire Chief is probably the only public official who has first hand knowledge of what is going on in this area. The is no daylight between the line firefighters and the Fire Chief about what happens in a response to this area.

The Fire Chief has been the most informed and the most outspoken on the hazards created by these homeless encampments.

Posted by It’s a mess
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 12, 2020 at 9:32 pm

Peter your wrong. You have no first hand knowledge. Stop being a fan boy and don’t comment on something you have no first hand knowledge of. It is the frontline responders that truly understand The situation. The one that fight the fires, treat the ill/injured, make the arrests etc. This has been going on for years. None has taken responsibility. You know how I know? Because us first responders have been yelling and screaming for those in power to take responsibility. But rather people like you would rather argue about the brown act. Mark my words this will be difficult to solve and no one has the fortitude

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 13, 2020 at 7:30 am

Mess - Thank you for taking the time to comment.

As for my knowledge base - I served three years as a very frontline firefighter (USFS Smokejumper) with close up and personal experience of these types of non-structural fires and 16 years as a MPFPD Director.

The Fire Chief has been the one public official who has been spoken out repeatedly on the dangers and challenges of the brush bound homeless encampment. No one else seems to care.

It is only a matter of time before someone is badly burned or killed in one of these recurring brush fires.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2020 at 9:37 am

It's a mess:

I think you and Peter are saying the same thing, other than your disagreement about the Fire Chief. The powers that be don't want to do what it will take to get rid of this problem.

The state needs to change the laws so that the mentally ill can be placed in institutions where they belong and where they can be cared for. They are incapable of properly caring for themselves. That's why they are homeless.

The state needs to reopen or open new mental institutions to house the mentally ill for the reasons stated above.

The state needs to force homeless drug addicts and alcoholics into treatment/housing for the same reasons as stated above.

Will any of that happen? NO! Because neither the politicians nor the citizens of this state have the balls to do what is necessary. They're afraid of "infringing on the rights" of the homeless. Never mind the fact that they and we have a duty as human beings to care for those that can't care for themselves.

Instead of doing what is necessary the politicians and citizens will do a lot of talking and virtue signaling and accomplish nothing. Even after someone dies.

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