Under a freeway overpass in Downtown Stockton, "Jesus-X," as he calls himself, is trying to make a buck selling clothes.
"I got some blankets $5, hoodies $5."
Homeless 5 years, the former tech worker from Oakland not happy about a new fence installed by Cal Trans soon to surround what he calls home.
"Uh, over there or over there."
Mary is not happy either. She is homeless with her dog Chiquita by way of Mexico and she's not sure where she'll move next.
7000 feet of fencing is going in two separate, but nearby locations in Stockton.
The cost is $1.3 million.
"As one of the responsibilities of Cal Trans is to always protect and maintain the state's right of way and it's property and at some of these locations there have been damage, trash removal," says Cal Trans District 10 spokesperson Skip Allum.
Cal Trans says it cost $160,000 last year to clean up after the homeless taking 3000 man hours of work in San Joaquin County to do it.
So fencing is going up under and around the Highway 4 Crosstown Freeway and along nearby Mormon Slough.
“We’ve seen some fires from barbecues and cooking that’s happening at these camps that started brush fires along the highways not to mention illegal trespassing," says Allum.
So, will the fences keep the homeless out?
Not so, says Todd Lacore, a homeless and unemployed welder for more than 10 years, from Salt Lake City.
“It’s not going to stop ‘em. Ya know all they’re going to do is tear it up and sell it for scrap metal and go inside," said Lacore.
Cal trans expects the work to be completed by next spring.
The homeless can expect to simply move elsewhere.
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