Homeless people whose belongings were confiscated by Caltrans can file a claim under a new settlement. Here’s how.
Video story: Unsheltered people living on Caltrans property near the Seabreeze Market by University Avenue and Interstate 80 are grappling with the trash that has accumulated. The city recently installed a dumpster in the area.
Two men were killed by an Amtrak train as they stood on the tracks and waited for a freight train to pass. It was something they had done dozens of times, but the action went horribly awry Thursday.
The Alameda County Transportation Commission and Caltrans are working with officials from Berkeley and Emeryville to improve safety and traffic flow where Interstate 80 meets Ashby Avenue.
Crews used a backhoe loader to remove piles of garbage that had built up over many weeks, including belongings discarded by a homeless encampment on the site.
Berkeley isn’t cleaning it up because it says the land belongs to Caltrans, and the trash is the state’s responsibility. Caltrans says it regularly cleans up the area.
Caltrans has just announced the closure of numerous eastbound Interstate 80 ramps between Ashby and University avenues from Thursday night through Saturday morning.
History shows that what is a possession and what is junk is not always clear, depending on who you ask.